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Veteran's wife from Edgewood to rest beside him in Arlington, Va.

| Saturday, April 18, 2009

Edna Raisig's devotion to her country and to her husband's World War II military service will be rewarded when she is interred with him in Arlington National Cemetery.

It was her wish, said Russell Raisig of Forest Hills, to be buried with her husband, Charles Raisig, an Army major who commanded an ordnance battalion during World War II. He landed in Normandy on D-Day and fought his way across Europe.

"My mother agreed to have Dad interred in Arlington only if she could be interred with him," her son said.

Edna Hagy Raisig of Edgewood died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Westminster Place of Oakmont. She was 92.

"She was proud of Dad's service and during the war she worked with several women's groups that were making hospital supplies for the Red Cross," Russell Raisig said.

He said his mother was tough, yet compassionate.

"As a teenager, I broke my ankle and stayed inside and felt sorry for myself. Mom told me to get out of the house and keep moving. It worked. I felt better."

Edna Hagy grew up in Edgewood, one of seven children in the family of Russell Hagy, who operated a scrap yard, and his wife, Mary Thayer Hagy.

In 1934, following graduation from Edgewood High School, she enrolled in Penn Hall School in Chambersburg.

"Mom completed her studies in 1936 and married Dad a year later," said Raisig. "Dad was working for Carnegie Steel when they were married. When he retired, he managed properties for Oliver Realty. Dad was a graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology (now CMU), where he was a member of the Army ROTC."

As a youngster, Mrs. Raisig joined the congregation of Edgewood Presbyterian Church, and for 80 years was active in church groups.

"My mother was a volunteer for the former Columbia Hospital in Wilkinsburg. On Thursdays, she worked in the hospital gift shop," her son said. "In later years, she did the same at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville."

Besides their love for the United States, the Raisigs were committed to the borough of Edgewood. Mrs. Raisig was a member of the Edgewood Garden Club, Edgewood Cot Club and the Edgewood Country Club, where she played golf.

"When they were first married, Dad asked Mom where should they live. They both agreed that they didn't care, as long as it was in Edgewood," Russell Raisig said.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Raisig is survived by 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and siblings John Hagy of Mt. Lebanon, Clayton Hagy of New Hampshire and Charles "Ted" Hagy of Delaware.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2000; children Charles C. Raisig Jr., Mary Jo Fulton and Nancy Johnson; and siblings Robert and Richard Hagy and Mary Ann Faires.

Friends will be received from 2 p.m. until the service at 3 p.m. April 25 at First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood, 120 E. Swissvale Ave.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Thomas L. Nied Funeral Home Inc. of Swissvale is handling arrangements.

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