Uta Anneliese Childs of 131 Hadley Road, Hempfield Township (Greenville), passed away at 9:35 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, in UPMC Horizon in Greenville. She was 68.
Mrs. Childs was born June 2, 1944, in Saarburg, Lothr, France, to Otto and Anneliese Hoffmann Schacht, while her father was serving in the German Army.
She was raised in Frankfurt, Germany, where she graduated from high school. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Goethe University in Frankfurt and worked as a dental hygienist for the U.S. government in Stuttgart, Germany.
Upon getting married in 1979, she moved to Greenville and became a U.S. citizen, residing there ever since.
For the past 10 years, she and her husband split their home between Greenville and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Uta, along with her husband, was a world traveler many times over, and had a lifetime of good experiences.
She and her husband were very community-oriented and focused nationally on animal shelters. She was also very interested in Thiel College, Greenville.
She held many personal relationships with political dignitaries across Pennsylvania and the country and earned some prestigious awards, including an Outstanding Citizen Award from the City of Los Angeles and, along with her husband, the A. Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award from Thiel College in February 2013. She received an honorary doctorate from the Los Angeles College of Religion.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville and had previously volunteered for the Greenville Hospital Auxiliary.
Uta is survived by her husband, Harvey Childs, whom she married Dec. 31, 1979, at home.
Also surviving are her stepson, Dr. Alan Paul Childs, Chicago; her identical twin sister, Brigitte H. Phillips, Austintown, Ohio; her sister, Ellen D. Hall and her husband Donald, Gladbrook, Iowa; and seven nieces and nephews.
Uta was preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Harvey (Uta Anneliese), 68, of 131 Hadley Road, Hempfield Township.
Calling hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday (4-7-13) and Monday (4-8-13) in OSBORNE-WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES Inc., 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville. An online guestbook can be signed at: www.osbornefuneralhome.com
Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (4-9-13) in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 Trinity Place on Penn Avenue, Greenville, with the Rev. Lee D. Penvose, pastor, officiating. There will be an hour of visitation in the church, prior to the service.
Entombment: In the family mausoleum at Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville.