Alice Chiorra

Alice K. Chiorra, 91, of Allentown, passed away on October 6, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest. She was born in Bridgeport, CT on April 1, 1920 to immigrants, Casimir and Mary (Subach) Kanapka. She was the fourth of eight children. As a child, she moved with her family to Pennsylvania where she lived for the remainder of her life. Her father died while she was a young child and her mother raised the children. At 21 years of age, she married Leo Karshneski and they produced two children, daughter, Diane and son, Thomas. Leo was killed in 1943 in a coal-mining accident, leaving Alice to raise the two small children alone. She went to nurses training and became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked for over 26 years at the Allentown State Hospital. She was a very devoted Seventh Day Adventist. Serving her God and her church was a vital part of her life. She married Frederick Chiorra in 1986 and together they lived a very active and full life, being fortunate to travel to many parts of the world, often accompanied by her brother-in-law, Albert Chiorra. She made several trips, often by herself, to Lithuania and Poland to visit her family. This was also very important to her. She will be remembered as a kind and generous person with a wonderful heart for anyone who was in need. Her life was spent taking care of people less fortunate than herself. She will also be remembered as an adventurous woman, never refusing any opportunity to explore or have fun. This includes roller skating in her 70s with her daughter, Diane, which resulted in a broken arm and a great story to tell. Alice spent the last six and a half years of her life in the wonderful, loving care of the Phoebe Home. She loved everyone there and was a joyous greeter to all who exited the elevator. We feel so blessed to have had the extremely kind staff at the Bridgeway Unit watching over her for those years. Special thanks to Carol Kester. She was both advocate and friend to our family. Bless you all.While Alice will be forever missed by her family and friends, we will always cherish her memory. May you rest in peace, Mother. Survivors: Include her devoted and loving husband, Fred Chiorra; sisters, Julia Vengien and Florence Vestyck; daughter, Diane Karshneski; former son-in-law and forever friend, David Whipple; son, Tom Karshneski and wife Candy; granddaughters, Cindy Farrell and Michelle Karshneski-Flagg; four great-grandchildren, Aaron, Jared, Justin and Hailey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her mother and father; brothers, John Kanapka and Edward Kanapka; her sisters, Aldona Salorio, Mary McDonald and Irene Yapsuga; and her special friend and brother-in-law, Albert Chiorra. Services: Friday, October 12 at 11 a.m. at The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2140 W. Tilghman St., Allentown 18104. Viewing will be held in the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Memorial Park. Arrangements by Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either the church or to the Phoebe Home, 1925 W. Turner St., Allentown 18104, earmarked: Bridgeways Unit.

Published in Morning Call on Oct. 9, 2012