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04/26/2013 Notices

LaCarte, Emma 99

  • Rostraver Township
  • Born: 1914-10-29
  • Died: 2014-04-16
  • Funeral Home: Stump, Belle Vernon | Get Directions
  • Emma (Ferrando) LaCarte, 99, formerly of Rostraver Township, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at The Residence at Hilltop, Monongahela, with many of her family around her. Born Oct. 29, 1914, she was a daughter of Joseph and Giovanna Ferrando. She was born in and grew up in Smithton, while her parents owned and operated the Smithton Hotel. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. LaCarte; an infant grandson, Thomas; brothers, Gildo and Joseph Ferrando; sister, Margret Anderson; and a son-in-law, Samuel Kusic. Emma met her husband, John J. LaCarte, at work one day. They were employed in one of the area's first state unemployment offices located in Monessen. They were married in November 1941. Two years later, John was drafted into the Navy. Emma returned to the Smithton Hotel to help her mother run the business and raise her son, Jack. When the war ended, John came home. Emma worked on making a home for her young family, which grew to two with the birth of their daughter, Jilda. Emma's life was her family: "Nothing was more important," she would say. She was always present for all the family's life events and sometimes she was present for no reason at all, other than to stop in and say "yoo-hoo." She enjoyed Steelers Sundays, crossword puzzles, bridge parties, knitting afghans for family and friends, cooking Sunday dinners for her large family and helping to raise her many grandchildren. Emma was a longtime volunteer with the Monongahela Valley Hospital Auxiliary, where she served in various roles on its board, and could always be found pushing the gift cart through the hospital corridors on Saturday mornings. Emma is survived by her son, Jack LaCarte and his wife, Mary, of Belle Vernon; her daughter, Jill Kusic, of Greensburg; nine grandchildren, John (Shelly), Mike (Susan), Dave (Dana), Joe (Stefanie), Dan (Michele), Sam, Matt (Julie), Johanna and Mary Beth; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Neva Sabadash, of Fairfax, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends will be received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Belle Vernon/Rostraver Township, 724-929-7934,, where a blessing service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Church of St. Anne, with the Rev. Vincent J. Gigliotti as celebrant. Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery. We'd like to extend a special "yoo-hoo" to the staff at The Residence at Hilltop for their compassionate care of Emma over the past three years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Emma's name to: The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc., c/o Monongahela Valley Hospital, 1163 Country Club Road, Monongahela, PA 15063.
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