Alberta Casella, 85, a resident of Wilkes-Barre, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Mrs. Casella was born in Wilkes-Barre, a daughter of the late Joseph and Grace Lyn Ahouse. She attended the Wilkes-Barre Township schools. She had been employed in garment manufacturing most of her working life and had worked for several Wyoming Valley garment companies including the Cohen Fein Co., LA Dress Co., Margie Kay Co. and H.G. Alter Co. prior to her retirement in 1990.
She was a member of the First Assembly of God and a former member of the Christian Assembly, both of Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Wyoming Valley Lodge 36, Fraternal Order of Police, Wilkes-Barre, the ILGWU and the Five Points Senior Citizens, Wilkes-Barre.
Alberta was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who was happiest when cooking for and visiting with her family. She also treasured traveling with her husband to many distant destinations.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Carl, Joseph and Harry Ahouse; and sisters, Ida Snyder, Grace Strawbridge and Beatrice Colleran.
Surviving are her husband of almost 67 years, Alfred A. Casella, at home; children, Edward Casella and his wife, Alice Marie, Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Alberta Calo and her husband, Peter, Voorhees, N.J., Mrs. Marion Drago and her husband, Anthony, Wilkes-Barre, and Mrs. Angela Michael and her husband, Robert, Jackson Township; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her granddog, Champ; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Assembly of God, 424 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre, with Jason Gornicz, Sandy Piccone and D. J. Paglia, pastors, officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Those attending the funeral service are asked to go directly to the church.
The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations in Mrs. Casella's name be made to the First Assembly of God, 424 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.