Thursday, March 18, 2010

Adrienne Rotta, 67: Nurse, tavern owner, teacher’s aide, Amherst resident

Adrienne Rotta, 67, had worked as a nurse, co-owned a tavern and served as a teacher’s aide in Amherst, Ohio, before moving to DeLand, Fla., in the 1980s.

The mother of three returned to northeast Ohio in 2006 to be near family. She died May 28, 2007, at her home in Amherst after a long illness.

She was born Carol Adrienne Miltak in New Eagle, Pa., the second of Stephen and Catherine Miltak's three daughters.

After graduating from Monongahela (Pa.) High School in 1957, Adrienne became the first female shop biller in the engineering department of the Levinson Steel Co. in Pittsburgh.

She married her high school sweetheart, Donald Rotta, in Rome, Italy, in the late 1950s. The couple moved to northeast Ohio in the early 1960s because of Don’s work as an air traffic controller. Although they divorced in the 1980s, they remained lifelong friends.

Adrienne worked as a teacher's aide at Powers Elementary School in Amherst before becoming a licensed practical nurse in the 1970s. At one time, she co-owned an Amherst tavern with her husband and another couple. She worked at Amherst, Lorain’s St. Joseph and Lorain Community hospitals before moving to DeLand at the end of 1983.

She continued her nursing career at the Lutheran Retirement Center in DeLand until taking a disability retirement.

Adrienne had belonged to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst and First United Methodist Church in DeLand. She enjoyed painting landscapes, interior decorating, making ceramics and dancing.

She was survived by her sons, Christopher, Stephen and Jeffrey; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Rosalie Sims and Alana Baranick. (Her sister, Rosalie, followed her in death on May 16, 2008.)

Cremation was handled by the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home of Amherst. Burial was at Monongahela (Pa.) Cemetery.

This obituary was written by the family and posted originally as a featured obit on on May 11, 2009.

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