Frederick Lewis "Plute" Eberharter, 80, of Scottdale, former Mayor, VFW Commander and civic leader, passed away peacefully, Memorial Day, May 26, 2008 at his home.
Mr. Eberharter was born November 15, 1927 in Scottdale a son of the late Frederick and Clara Brindlinger Eberharter.
Plute, as he was commonly known, was the music teacher and band director for East Huntingdon High School and later Southmoreland High School from which he retired. During his tenure, he composed the high school's Alma Mater. He also taught in the Dunbar and Jefferson Morgan School Districts. He also enjoyed playing the clarinet and alto sax in the Wally Ginger's Dance Band for over 20 years. In his early years, he was employed at Scottdale Wood Products and later as a machinist for Duraloy-Blaw Knox. He was a graduate of Scottdale High School and St. Vincent College with a degree in music. Mr. Eberharter was a longtime and faithful member of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church Scottdale. A veteran of the US Navy during World War II, he served as a Seamen 2nd Class and was awarded the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal. His patriotic service continued beyond his military career as he served as Commander of the Everson VFW Post #595. He also belonged to the Scottdale VFW Post #7781 and the Scottdale American Legion Post #240 where he held several offices over the years. Plute organized many Memorial Day parades, placed flags on the graves of deceased veteran's and coordinated military funeral honors through the Southmoreland Veteran's Association. A community minded man, he belonged to the Scottdale BPO Elks #777, served as Grand Marshall of the Scottdale Heritage Festival parade and served the Borough of Scottdale as Mayor from 1971 to 1981, Second Ward Councilman and Borough Council President.
Plute is survived by his loving wife, Laura Maust Eberharter whom he married June 21, 1965. He is also survived several nieces and nephews including, Irving Halsted, Susan Torri, Fred Halsted, Julie King, Donna Yarabinetz, Jean Bowman, Stephen Randolph, Bonnie Molt, Mark Miller, Marsha Zelenka, Sharon Maust, Dr. Larry McIntire, Vernon McIntire, Dr. Philip McIntire, Timothy McIntire, Keith Maust, Kirk Maust and Lisa Pawlikowski; four sisters-in-law, Helen Eberharter of Scottdale; Dorothy Maust of Scottdale and Betty Maust and Jean Rodgers of Florida.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Stephen and Joseph Eberharter and three sisters, Mildred Halsted, Betty Miller and Marguerite Randolph.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Medi-Home Hospice and Daisy Sanders for their heartfelt care.
Family and friends are welcome on Thursday from 2-5 & 7-9 pm at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC. 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale (724-887-7110). A blessing service will be held on Friday at 11:30 am in the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at Noon in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Scottdale with Fr. Leonard W. Stoviak as celebrant. Graveside committal services and interment will follow in Scottdale Cemetery will full military honors bestowed by the Southmoreland Veteran's Association and the Mt. Pleasant American Legion Post 446 Honor Guard. St. John's Ministry of Consolation will conduct a wake service on Thursday at 2 pm in the funeral home. For online information or to send a condolence, visit www.gjfuneral.com