Volunteer had place in her heart for elderly
Faith was a cornerstone of Louise Criss' busy life.
Mrs. Criss had over the years served as deacon and elder of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church.
“My mother was also committed to caring for elderly women,” said her daughter, Sally Allan of the North Hills.
Louise Caldwell Criss, of Longwood at Oakmont, died on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in her home. She was 93.
“For years, my mother served on the board of the former Jane Holmes Residence in Wilkinsburg, a home for elderly women and eventually elderly men who had no place to go, but could afford to contribute to their keep,” Allan said.
“She was also an active volunteer. She would clean, operate their small general store and help in the kitchen with the cooking and sit and listen when they needed someone they felt they could talk to.”
Louise Caldwell, born in Youngstown, Ohio, and raised in Edgewood, was one of three daughters of John Russell Caldwell, an executive with General Fireproofing Co. and his wife, Ruth Osborne Caldwell, a noted painter.
After graduating from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University), she worked as an executive secretary at the local FBI office during World War II. In 1943, she married Nicholas Rittenhouse Criss Jr., an attorney for Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., and continued her commitment to her church and numerous charitable organizations. In 2006, she became a member of Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.
As busy as she was with her humanitarian causes, Mrs. Criss enjoyed gardening and was a member and officer of the Rockledge Garden Club for more than 60 years, her daughter said. She was a founding member of POETS social club of Briarcliff Road.
In addition to her daughter, Sally, Mrs. Criss is survived by her sister Marjorie Caldwell Berlin of Naples, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Criss was preceded in death by her husband in 1984; her sister, Barbara Caldwell Blackburn; and her sons, Nicholas Rittenhouse Criss III of San Diego and Russell Caldwell Criss of O'Hara.
Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Burket-Truby Funeral Home Cremation and Alternative Services Inc., 421 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in the Old Chapel of Homewood Cemetery, 1599 S. Dallas Ave., Squirrel Hill.
Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Reports: Steelers trade for Jaguars kicker Scobee
- Prisoner mistakenly released from Allegheny County Jail to fight extradition
- Steelers WR Bryant’s suspension upheld
- Pastor who advocated against removal of Ten Commandments monument dies at Connellsville hospital
- Biden to visit Pittsburgh on Labor Day
- RB Williams believes he’s making seamless transition to Steelers
- New Kensington police seek shooting suspect
- No certainty for Pirates’ call-up veterans
- Rillton man charged in crash that killed fellow firefighter
- Rossi: Continuing legend of Pirate Ray
- LaBar: Sting making history fighting for WWE title