GALETON - Carmen Joseph "Peanuts" DeStevens, 82, of Gaines, passed away on Monday (April 1, 2013) at his home.
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Born March 31, 1931, in Hazel Hurst, he was a son of John and Vincenza Conti DeStevens. Peanuts was a 1950 graduate of Coudersport High School. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. In Galeton, on June 22, 1963, he married the former Frances Pansero.
He started working in 1963 as a mechanic for the Galeton Production Co. and retired from Truck Lite in 1998.
Peanuts was a member of St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton, a lifetime member of the Coudersport American Legion, and a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. His favorite pastime was watching the New York Yankees.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are one son, John M. DeStevens of Gaines; one daughter, Nancy M. DeStevens of Gaines; one brother, Merritt (Maggie) DeStevens of Bradford; one sister, Teresa Delgrosso of Galeton; one grandson, Deven Smithmyer of Gaines; mother-in-law, Angela Pansero of Gaines; sisters-in-law, Betty and Barbara DeStevens, Toni (Bill) Haner of Gaines, Mary (Clint) Campbell of Galeton and Virginia Pansero, of Horseheads, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Peanuts was preceded in death by four brothers, Seymour "Shadow," John, Sylvester "Babe," and Eugene "Euge;" and a sister, Angeline.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Hess Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Galeton, and again at St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton, from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Following at 11 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the church with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty as celebrant. Military honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery.
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 2 to Apr. 8, 2013