Theresa Rager

Obituary of Theresa Inez Rager

Theresa Inez “Iney” Rager, 97, formerly of New Florence, passed away May 7, 2023, in Cleveland, OH.  Born January 26, 1926, in Ferndale, PA., the daughter of late Harry A. and Mary D. (Burley) Adams.  Also preceded in death by her beloved husband Albert V. Rager who was a treasured father and grandfather to their children and grandchildren; infant daughter of 3 months Inez Alanna Rager; these siblings and their spouses: June M. (Todd) Wendel, Rita L. Adams, Ada K. (Kenneth) Queer, Earl F. (Helen) Adams, Harry A. (Florence) Adams, Jr., Mary Grace (Edward) Lison, and Alanna Jeanine (Gerald) Overdorff; father and mother-in-law Harvey and Edna (McCabe) Rager, brothers and sisters-in-law Charles “Duane” (Marlene) Rager; Ruby (Charles) Shanefelter.


Survived and cherished by children Alan H. and wife Mary Catherine (McNulty) Rager, Cary, NC; Jeffrey S. and wife Patricia (Flickinger) Rager, New Florence; Denise M. and husband Robert Ritenour, Madison, OH; Michael D. Rager, Estero, FL; Doris Rager, Wernersville, PA. Grandchildren: Richard (Dawne) Rager, Stephen (Sharmon) Rager, Kimberly (Ron) Orinko, Terry (Kristin) Rager, Christian (Kellie) Ritenour, Bethany Ritenour, Gina (Troy) Bloom, Shawn Rager; 16 beloved great-grandchildren, and her amazing dog and forever fur friend, Henry.


Iney was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Seward, and the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church, New Florence, where she married her husband in August 1945. She was a 1944 graduate of New Florence High School. During WWII she proudly volunteered to stand watch in New Florence for the Civil Air Patrol, monitoring aircraft flying over New Florence. Iney was a warm homemaker, a beautiful artist, an avid reader, a voracious shopper, a talented knitter, and a loyal friend. She brought joy and creativity to every part of life.

Friends received from 9:00 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM Friday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence.  Committal St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Florence.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Hospital.