Regina Purcell

Regina Casey Purcell, 89, formerly of Stanley Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Friday, March 28, 2014.

Born Jan. 13, 1925, in Ashley, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine Grogan Casey.

A 1942 graduate of St. Leo's High School, Ashley, Regina left for Baltimore where she worked in support of the manufacture of aircraft for the Glenn L. Martin Co, during World War II. She later returned to Wilkes-Barre and worked for Bell Telephone Co. prior to marriage.

Regina was a member of the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima.

Her husband of 56 years, Charles E. Purcell, died Sept. 5, 2005. A son, James, died in 2004, and son-in-law, Donald Shutt, died in 2006. Sisters, Aveline Halesey and Catherine Kennedy, and brothers, Thomas, Leonard, Gerald, Donald, James, Joseph, Leo and Patrick Casey, also preceded her in death.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Judy Shutt, Hanover Township; Charles and his wife, Janet Purcell, Mountain Top; Michael and his wife, Joanne Purcell, Trumbull, Conn.; Shawn and his wife, Joan Purcell, Slocum Township; and Erin Purcell, Slocum Township; grandchildren, Jennifer, Daniel, Matthew D. and Donald Shutt, Christopher, Charles III, Jessica, Andrea, Christine, Ashley and Casey Purcell and Jaime Champagne; great-grandchildren, Matthew A. and Sophia Shutt and Serena, Gabriel, Christian and Sophia Champagne; other family and friends.

Regina's entire family is grateful to the Carmelite Sisters and staff of St. Therese Residence and Little Flower Manor for the loving care they shared through her final years.

A celebration of Regina's life will begin Sunday, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. at McLaughlin's − The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Monday in the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to Little Flower Manor.

Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Regina's family at

Funeral Home

McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 823-4567

Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 29, 2014