Laura P. (Mascherino) Reutter
Laura P. (Mascherino) Reutter, of Downingtown, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the age of 97.
She was the beloved wife of the late Henry A. Reutter, with whom she shared over 40 years of marriage.
Laura was born and raised in Downingtown, where she was a life long resident. She was the daughter of the late Alphonzo and Maria Felice Nonni Mascherino.
She attended Downingtown High School where she excelled in many sports, including field hockey, but had a love for Women’s Basketball.
Laura was an avid cook and was featured in the Daily Local News for her award winning pies and old world Italian recipes.
Prior to her “retirement”, Laura held many positions with the desire to serve others utilizing her culinary skills. She was the head baker at Lionville Middle School, where she was affectionately known as “Grandma”. She was also the head chef for St. Anthony’s Lodge & Restaurant in Downingtown for many years. She started her career during her early years as a waitress for the Downingtown Tea Room.
In 1965, she began volunteering as a waitress for the annual Amphibious Order of Frogs, otherwise known as “The Frog Leg Party”. Making her way up to head cook and kitchen staff manager, she prepared frog legs up until 2009 at the age 90.
Laura was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church in Downingtown and often prepared authentic Italian meals for the Priests at the rectory. She was also a member of the St. Joseph’s Prime-Timers, St. Anthony’s Lodge Ladies Auxiliary, and attended the Downingtown Senior Center.
Laura is survived by her son, Henry (Buster) Reutter (Kathleen), two daughters, Beverly (Tippy) Gomez (Dave), Maryann (Minnie) Travaglini (Fred), five granddaughters, Donna Carroll, Deborah Pierce, Megan Gordon, Anna Marie Travaglini, Mandy Reutter, four grandsons, Ken Napaver, Michael Gomez, Craig Travaglini and Joseph Reutter, twelve great-grandchildren, four great-greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by one daughter, Rose Marie, two sons, John and Joseph Reutter as well as three brothers and three sisters, Dominick (Daddy) Mascherino, John (Toppy) & Louis Mascherino, as well as Theresa Bogush , Antoinette Morris of and Frances Alesiani.
A memorial mass will be held at 11am on Wednesday, November 30th at St. Joseph Church, 338 Manor Ave., Downingtown.
Interment will be private.
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