Annora E. Centrella

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Dec. 13, 2012

Annora E. (O'Boyle) Centrella, formerly of Pittston Township, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, surrounded by her loving family, at Lehigh Center in Macungie, Pa.

Born March 30, 1934, she was a daughter of the late James and Rose (Carroll) O'Boyle. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, John R. Centrella, in 2002.

She was a 1952 graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School, Pittston, and a 1953 graduate of Scranton Lackawanna Business College. After she graduated, she was employed with the Social Security Administration. She was also employed as an assistant to the Magisterial District Judge in West Pittston, where she worked until 1985. She spent most of her career at the Luzerne County Courthouse in the Domestic Relations office, where she was employed for nearly 16 years, from Sept. 1985 until her retirement in March 2001.

She was a devout Catholic, and a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pittston, where she was very active in the parish community. She was also an avid Notre Dame fan, as well as a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, traveling to see both teams play when she was able. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and beloved friend to many.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Maureen Centrella; brothers, Joseph, Frank, James and John O'Boyle.

She is survived by her children, MaryRose Centrella, Breinigsville, Pa., Marlene Calpin and her husband, Patrick, Schnecksville, Pa., and Thomas Centrella and his wife, Christine, Front Royal, Va.; she is also survived by 10 grandchildren, attorney Jennifer Menichini Drahus and her husband, Johnny, Pittston Township, Pa.; Christa Menichini Kramer and her husband, Gary, Philadelphia, Pa.; Ryan Calpin and Colin Calpin, Schnecksville, Pa.; Christopher, Joseph, Joshua, Bernadette, Veronica and Peter Centrella, Front Royal, Va.

Also surviving is her sister, Rosemary Bernosky, of Jenkins Township, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 at 11 a.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Friends may call Tuesday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Annora's name to Pediatric Services at The Care and Concern Free Health Ministries, 37 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.

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700 TOWNSHIP BLVD Pittston, PA 18640
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Published in Times Leader on Dec. 16, 2012
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