Kenneth Douglass and Glenda Douglass - Beaver Falls, Pa.

Kenneth Douglass and Glenda Douglass - Beaver Falls, Pa.

Kenneth Douglass, age 89, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, followed in death 12 days later by the love of his life and his wife of 65 years, Glenda “Genie” Douglass, age 85, who died Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014.

Ken and Genie were the parents of Robert H. Douglass of North Providence, R.I., and the grandparents of Thomas F. Douglass of Warren, R.I.

Ken was born on April 30, 1924, in New Brighton, Pa., the son of the late Edward T. and Anna Patterson Douglass. Genie was born in Ohioville Borough on April 22, 1928, the daughter of the late Robert Glen Hammond and Olive Popp Hammond. She was preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Dawson; her brother, Keith Hammond; and her brothers-in-law, Anthony “Pidge” Pantoni and Paul “Buddy” Dawson.

Shortly after celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1, 2013, Genie suffered serious stroke and was hospitalized at Ellwood City Hospital until her passing. Ken sat by her side every day until he passed in his sleep on the day after Christmas. Genie had served on the Hospital Auxiliary and the family would like to thank Dr. Lawrence Rahal and the Third Floor Staff of the hospital for their kind and compassionate care.

Ken graduated from New Brighton High School in 1942 and after returning from World War II in 1946, Ken and Genie met and were married on Sept. 1, 1948. After attending Geneva College, Ken worked at Babcock & Wilcox Steel as a turn chemist in the lab until retiring in 1985.

Genie graduated from Midland High School in 1946 and after her children entered college, Genie returned to the classroom evenings and weekends, and received her Associates Degree from the Community College of Beaver County and her BS in Business from Robert Morris University in 1983 shortly after her 55th birthday.

While raising her three children, Genie also worked full time at Mayer China and St. Joe Lead as an Administrative Assistant. After receiving her business degree Genie was an Associate Broker at Prudential Realty until retiring in 2012.

Ken and Genie also worked together in their rental real estate business since early in their marriage and together they ran a successful apple orchard and strawberry business in their spare time. Ken (75 years) and Genie (65 years) were an active of the Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder, Deacon and Trustee and she was a Sunday school teacher for many years.

They both were also active members of the North Sewickley Grange where she was part of the Community Service Committee which won numerous state wide awards. Ken was a founding member of the North Sewickley Municipal Water Authority that brought municipal water service to their rural township in the 50’s. He retired after 55 years as a board member and manager but served as a consultant to the current board until his passing. Ken was also a former member of the North Sewickley Volunteer Fire Department.

Ken and Genie are survived by two sons and a daughter, Greg (Janice) Douglass of North Sewickley Township, Robert H. Douglass of North Providence, R.I., and Mary Ellen Douglass of Franklin Township; six grandchildren, Thomas F. Douglass (Warren, R.I.), Alison D. McKinney (Columbus, Ga.), Robert H. Douglass, Jean Ann Douglass (both Brooklyn, N.Y.), Benjamin E. Douglass, (North Sewickley) and Andrew G. Douglass, (Fort Wayne, Ind.); and five great-grandchildren, Nolan and Connor McKinney, Jacen, Sam and June Douglass. They also are survived by Genie’s sister, Belva Pantoni, and sister-in-law, Dawn Hammond (both Midland, Pa.), and Ken’s brother, James Douglass and his wife Marilyn (Concordia, Kan.). They are both also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Ken and Genie were the best parents, grandparents and great-grandparents that any family could ask for.

Funeral Services were provided by the Marshall Funeral Home of Ellwood City and a private family interment at the family plot in the Concord Church Cemetery in North Sewickley followed a beautiful and fitting tribute by Rev. Jordon Rimmer at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 115 North Mercer Avenue, New Brighton, PA 15066.