In Memory Of

Eberharter, Virginia Mae who passed away on 3/18/2018 at the age of 95

Virginia M. Eberharter, 95, Commander U.S. NavyRetired, of Connellsville, died Sunday March 18, 2018, in the Uniontown Hospital. She was born March 11, 1923, in Mill Run, a daughter of the late Frank C. and Mildred Hawkins Eberharter. Virginia was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the class of 1941. She entered the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Cumberland, Md., in September, 1941, and graduated in September, 1944, as a registered nurse. Virginia also attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she received a bachelor of science degree with a major in public health. After graduation, she was invited to join the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania as their public health coordinator. Also, she worked for the Visiting Nurse Association in Pittsburgh and the VA Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Virginia was a member of the Mill Run United Methodist Church and attended Otterbein United Methodist Church, in Connellsville, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, trustee and on different committees. Commander Eberharter was a veteran of three wars, World War II, Korean and Vietnam, and she entered the Navy Nurse Corps in April, 1945. She was stationed at several different Naval Hospitals in the United States. During the Quomoy situation, she was elected to serve with the M.A.A.G., Military Assistance Advisory Group, in Taipei, Taiwan. From there, she was sent to Yokosuka, Japan. Also, she served as chief nurse at the Naval Hospital in Naples, Italy, from November, 1965, to September, 1967. While there, she had the privilege of moving into a new hospital. She was a member of the Retired Officers Association, General Greene Chapter in Latrobe, Indian Creek Valley VFW Post 12091 and a charter member of the Navy Nurse Corp Association. During her naval service, she was awarded the National Defense Medal, American Defense World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal. Throughout Commander Eberharter's Navy Career, she received commendations, letters of appreciation from her commanding officers and upon retirement, on July 1, 1972, as Chief of Nursing Service at the Naval Academy Hospital, Annapolis, Md., and she received the Certificate of Merit from the surgeon general of the Navy. She was indicted into the Class of 2011 of the Connellsville Area Falcon Foundation Hall of Fame and she received the Patriot Award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America in 2013. She is survived by an aunt, Betty Hawkins, of Mil Run, and her beloved cousins, Wanda Brooks, Larry Burkholder, Pastor Thomas J. Hawkins Jr., Gorman Dull, Marlyn Dull, Patty Broadwater and Barbara Firestone. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her uncles and aunts, Roy Hawkins, Mae Krepps, Ernest Hawkins, Gertrude Dull, Ruth Burkholder and Alverda Ohler. 

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the BROOKS FUNERAL HOME INC., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Gary Dull and Rev. Dan Blank, co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Indian Creek Baptist Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded at the graveside.

To offer a condolence or remembrance, please visit www.brooksfuneralhomes.com.