Temoy Jane McFate, 86, departed this life peacefully at 4:25 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2010.
“Father, into thy hands, I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46).
Born Jan. 19, 1924, in New Castle, he was a daughter of Dr. Thomas Johnston McFate Sr. and Susie Rodgers McFate, both of Slippery Rock. Miss McFate graduated from New Castle High School in January 1942, studied music education at Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania), graduating with bachelor of science degree in 1946. She earned a master of artsdegree in elementary education from Westminster College and completed graduate courses in music at the Pennsylvania State College, Carnegie Mellon University and Miami University of Ohio. Temoy was an instrumental and vocal teacher in the New Castle School District from 1949 until her retirement in 1980. In the community, she sang, played the organ, directed choirs and choral groups, and was a violinist. She previously served as choir director at Highland Presbyterian Church and several other local churches.
Temoy spent her sabbatical year teaching vocal music in a Department of Defense school in Butzbach, Germany, in 1959-60. This was the beginning of her desire to see the world, and she traveled extensively until a few years ago.
A faithful member of Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church, Temoy served the musical ministry of the church and was a member of the Irvine Bible class. She was a member of Jameson Junior Guild and served as president from 1985-1987. She was a member of the David Lawrence and Richard Butler chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution. McFate volunteered for local charitable organizations including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the New Castle Public Library.
She is survived by a devoted niece and nephew, Mary Lou McFate and Thomas J. McFate III, both of Sarasota, Fla.; and a loving great-nephew and great-niece, Sean McFate and Shelley Sapone, both of Washington, D.C.
Temoy was the great-niece of noted Gospel singer and composer Ira D. Sankey, partner of evangelist Dwight L. Moody. Temoy was preceded in death by her mother Susie, a New Castle piano teacher, March of 1999; a brother Dr. Thomas J. McFate Jr., an Erie dentist, December of 1994, and her father Dr. Thomas J. McFate Sr., a New Castle dentist, September of 1953.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Chris Weichman will officiate.
Burial is in Castle View Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Temoy J. McFate Memorial Music Fund, c/o Clen-Moore Presbyterian Church, 220 E. Clen-Moore Blvd, New Castle, Pa., 16105.
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