Diligent mom, aide put others' needs first
By Jerry Vondas
Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Erma Schaming's devotion to her family and to others is topmost in her only son's memory.
“She was best remembered for her willingness to find a way to help someone who needed a kind word or a helping hand,” William J. Schaming said of his mother.
Erma M. Schaming of West Mifflin, a retired employee of the physical therapy department of Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Jefferson Hills, died on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Lawson Nursing Home in Jefferson Hills. She was 91.
Born and raised in Duquesne, she was one of eight children of John and Catherine Pirl Moriarty.
Mrs. Schaming graduated from Duquesne High School in 1939 and went on to work in the cafeteria of U.S. Steel Duquesne Works. She married William Schaming in 1941. Mrs. Schaming stayed home to raise their son.
“As I was growing up, she would emphasize that I do right and know what was needed to be done and do it,” William Schaming said. “My mother involved herself in many of my childhood activities. She was also a den mother when I was a member of the Boy Scouts. We regularly attended church, where I attended Sunday school.”
Mrs. Schaming returned to U.S. Steel in the late 1960s and worked in the superintendent's dining room at the Irvin Works in West Mifflin before moving on to work as an aide at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
In addition to her son, William, Mrs. Schaming is survived by her grandsons, Wade Schaming of New York City and Brad Schaming of Jefferson Hills.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1983; brothers and sisters, Catherine Speck, Margaret Vash, Cecelia Carroll, John Moriarty, Mary Moriarty, Virginia Frantz and Verda Moriarty. She also is survived by nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin with Rev. John Lendvai officiating. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.
Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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