Frances A. Stinson Bittle

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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2014 12:05 am

Frances A. Stinson Bittle, 88, of Gettysburg, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at her home. She was born July 28, 1925 in Emmitsburg, Md., the daughter of the late Dr. Oscar H. and Frances A. (Kerrigan) Stinson. She was the wife of the late Thomas S. Bittle who died Sept. 2, 1994.

Frances attended St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg, Md.; graduated from Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore; earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree in Nursing from University of Maryland; earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md.

Frances was a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society in Nursing and a member of the American Red Cross Nurses Association. She was a former faculty member of St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg, Md., Penn State University at Hershey Medical Center, Harrisburg Area Community College and Messiah College.

Frances is survived by one daughter, Beverly H. Black and her husband Jesse of Gloucester, Va.; three sons, James T. Bittle and his wife Virginia of Arendtsville; John S. Bittle and his wife Diane of Fairfield; Stephen B. Bittle and his wife Rosalie of Fairfield; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ann M. Goodspeed of Easton, Md. and Barbara Sue Lake of Norristown, Pa., as well as a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Gaiser of Little Rock, Ark. and Harriet Norris of Newton, N.J. and one brother, Frank J. Stinson of Emmitsburg, Md.

A special thanks to caregivers Edna Misner and Marguerite Plank of Gettysburg, Jo Gillelan of Frederick, Lutheran Hospice nurses Lydia Walter and Kathy Hayes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at Saint Anthony's Parish, Emmitsburg, Md., with the Rev. John Charles Kemper, S.S. celebrant. Interment will be at Emmitsburg Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Monahan Funeral Home, Gettysburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, Gettysburg or Saint Anthony's Cemetery Fund, Saint Anthony's Road, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Online obituary and condolences available at

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