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Catherine Jane
(Van Dyke) Fultz
(1915-2016)

 

Catherine Jane (Van Dyke) Fultz was born on July 24, 1915 in Foxtown, Westmoreland County, PA, the daughter of Samuel Aaron and Bertha Mae (Minerd) Van Dyke.

On Aug. 15, 1942, at the age of 27, Catherine was united in matrimony with James B. Fultz (Nov. 26, 1916-1994). James was a native of Mammoth, PA and the son of William G. and Mary (Baker) Fultz.

The couple produced two children -- Catherine "Jane" Prevenslik and James D. "Jim" Fultz.

The Fultzes made their longtime home in Hunker, Westmoreland County. For more than four decades, Catherine was an Avon sales representative. She also was a charter member of New Stanton Alliance Church. James worked for many years for ITE, and was a member of the Youngwood Sportsman's Club and the National Rifle Association.

Sadly, James passed away at the age of 77 on June 3, 1994, in Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. Rev. James B. Liston led the funeral service, with burial in Westmoreland County Memorial Park.

Catherine also endured the untimely deaths of her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Ronald Prevenslik.

The founder of this website, in company with John "Jack" Campbell, visited Catherine in her home in Foxtown on Dec. 27, 1993.

She spent her final time on earth as a resident of Harmon House Convalescent Care in Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. She died at the age of 100 on June 1, 2016. Rev. Dan M. Dorchert led her funeral service followed by burial in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield Township.

Daughter Catherine "Jane" Fultz married Ronald "Ron" Prevenslik. They were the parents of a daughter, Nicole Bosley. For many years, the Prevensliks lived in Southern California, where Ronald pursued a career in the motor racing industry. As a member of the Gilmore/Foyt Racing Team, Ron was named in the Press Information booklet for the 1977 Indianapolis 500. The reference states that he served as the "right-rear carrier" on the crew of Jim McElreath's no. 73 Carrillo Rod Carrillo/AMC team which captured top prize in the Miller/Indy Pit Stop competition. They moved back to Youngwood in the early 1990s.

Son James D. "Jim" Fultz was wedded to Bernadette Hitura. They reside in Mount Pleasant Township and have one son, Christopher David Fultz.

 

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Minerd.com extends its gratitude to Nicole (Prevenslik) Bosley and the late Anna Belle (Van Dyke) Breegle for sharing material for this biography.