Carol R. Shemo, 78, a life resident of Wyoming, died peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
She was the beloved wife of 53 years to Dr. Robert J. Shemo, and devoted mother to Maryanne and her husband, Kenneth Mignone, Newton, Mass.; Therese and her husband, Jay Gupta, Merrimack, N.H.; Robert Jr., Exeter; Dr. David and his wife, Attorney Nancy Snyder Shemo, Wyoming; Patricia, Doylestown; and Susan and her husband, Peter Conroy, Hopkinton, Mass.
Born Jan. 4, 1934, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Pacific and Rose Gubitose Turchetti, and the dear sister of Maryanne Mader, Sayre; Anthony Turchetti, Camp Hill; and Eugene Turchetti, Old Forge. She was the cherished grandmother of Brendan and John, Matthew, Juliana and Rosella, Kevin and Ben. She also leaves many dear nieces, nephews and friends.
Carol, a gifted teacher, was a graduate of Wyoming High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from College Misericordia and did graduate work at East Stroudsburg State College.
She taught health and physical education for 30 years, beginning at West Side Central Catholic High School in Kingston and then at Wyoming High School. During her time at Wyoming High School, she coached the girls' basketball and softball teams.
Carol dedicated herself to both family and volunteer work throughout the course of her lifetime, serving in many leadership capacities, including president of the Luzerne County Dental Auxiliary, the Wyoming Free Library, Church Women United and the
. She received the esteemed Frances Nork Award for her excellent service to the
and helped lead the Daffodil Day Drive in the Greater Pittston Area for many years. Carol also served as a catechist for St. Cecilia's Parish, was a Third Order Franciscan and was a consultant for the Diocese of Scranton Synod.
Carol lived an active life of faith, was deeply devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and had a special love for St. Padre Pio of Italy. She was known for her generous hospitality, with her door always open and her table always full for one and all.
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in St. Cecilia's Church of St. Barbara's Parish, Exeter. Interment will be in Wyoming Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517.