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Renatta Signorini

There was always something good in the oven at Catherine Lash’s home.

The mouth-watering scent of raspberry pie or one of her cakes filled her West Newton kitchen on a daily basis. Visitors knew they’d be treated to fresh baked goods and coffee when they visited, said her son, Richard Lash.

“Her pies were exceptional,” he said. “I’ve never had one better anywhere.”

Catherine Alma Lash was described by her children as a kind-hearted, quiet woman who was committed to her church and home-making. Mrs. Lash died Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Weatherwood Manor in Greensburg. She was 86.

Mrs. Lash was born June 4, 1932 in Sewickley Township to the late Thomas and Katharine Piovesan. She started going to Mars Hill Baptist Church as a young girl and continued through her life. She and the late Robert D. Lash had three children and she became a member of the Sewickley Homemakers group.

The church was really important — Mrs. Lash would walk from her childhood home there and later helped out at festivals with her baking skills, said her daughter Beth Kerris.

“That was her big thing right there, keeping house, she loved to bake,” Lash said. “She probably baked something every day.”

Her wide range of specialties included peach pies, gobs and her signature Easter bunny cakes. She would sometimes make the pies with fresh-picked apples from the trees in her yard once the Fourth of July rolled around.

“She was always ready for the apples to be ripe so she could make apple pies,” Lash said.

The main attraction at Easter gatherings were always the bunny cakes, ever since her children were young. Mrs. Lash would fashion a yellow cake into a bunny complete with eyes, ears, white coconut fur and a tail.

“They were always a big hit, everybody looked forward to those,” he said.

After a day in the kitchen, Mrs. Lash would relax in the evenings with her crochet hooks making afghans and shawls.

“All night, every night she was always crocheting something to give away to somebody,” Kerris said.

It was a hobby she kept up in her later years while preparing for her expanding family.

“Every baby, every grandchild, every great-grandchild, she always had the blanket put away for them,” Lash said.

Her husband died in 2006. In addition to Lash and Kerris, she is survived by son Thomas Lash; three granddaughters, Amie Mattes, Emily Prenatt and Hannah Robison; and four great-grandchildren, Weston, Levi, Greyson and Isla.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Joseph W. Nickels Funeral Home, 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery, Sewickley Township.

Donations in her honor can be made to Mars Hill Baptist Church, 2303 Mars Hill Road, Irwin, PA 15642 or the benevolent care fund at Weatherwood Manor, 896 Weatherwood Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601.

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