Berthola Catherine Pirosh La Rue

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Berthola Catherine Pirosh La Rue died December 8, 2010, at Springdale, AR. Born June 22, 1915 in Chicago, IL, she was the only child of Catherine Flanagan and George Pirosh. She spent most of her childhood and young adult years in Chicago, graduating from the University of Chicago in 1939 and attending the American Conservatory of Music. She worked for Encyclopedia Brittanica for several years during World War II, and after the war taught school in Chicago.

In 1946 she married Charles La Rue. In 1950 they moved to Arkansas, to a farm between Berryville and Green Forest, where she lived until the early 1990s, after Charles' death in 1981. She taught first grade in the Berryville Public Schools for 29 years, retiring in 1980.

During the early years of her retirement, she traveled widely, throughout the United States and Europe. In 1990 she moved to the retirement community, Friendship Village, in Schaumburg, IL, a suburb of Chicago. She was an active member of that community until 2000 when she moved again to northwest Arkansas to be near her extended family, Daniel and Marsha Evans. While living again in Berryville, she celebrated her 90th birthday and was honored by the Berryville Alumni Association.

A committal services for Mrs. La Rue is planned for Saturday, January 29, 10 a.m., at the Berryville cemetery. Her friends are invited to join the Evans family for this event. Memorials for Mrs. La Rue may be given to the Berryville and Green Forest Public Libraries, for children's literature.