Mary Carns (1937 - 2014)

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Mary Susan Pistner Carns, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at her home in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sue was born June 23, 1937, to the late William and Dorothy Pistner. She spent her very early childhood in DuBois before moving with her parents to Clearfield, where she graduated from St. Francis High School.
It was at St. Francis that she met her beloved husband of 44 years, Thomas Scott Carns.
Due to Tom's career at Harbison Walker, the couple made homes in Grantsville, Md.; Birmingham, Ala.; Aurora, Ohio; and Pittsburgh.
While in Birmingham, Sue returned to college and graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama. She became a teacher and taught elementary and secondary history in Birmingham and Pittsburgh.
After Tom's death in 2003 from cancer, Sue relocated from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati to be close to her daughter, Jenny, and son, Tom.
Sue made friends everywhere. She was known for her spirited good company. Sue was never far from a bridge game or a Red Lobster. Her quick wit and easy laugh will be missed by many. Sue loved her grandchildren, and it was their company she most cherished.
Sue is survived by her three children and 11 grandchildren. Oldest daughter, Mary Lee Carns, and her husband, Jim, live in Beaufort, S.C. Mary Lee has three children: John Carns Ryan of Houston, Texas; Sergeant William Robert Ryan, USMC, of San Angelo, Texas; and Molly Susan Ryan of Fairfax, Va. Sue's son, Thomas Scott Carns II, lives in Mason, Ohio. Tom has four children: Katie Carns of Berlin, Germany; Thomas Scott Carns III of Dalton, Ga.; and Christy and Kelly Carns of Cincinnati, Ohio. Sue's youngest daughter, Jennifer Lynn Bouley, lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Pete, and their children: Patrick, Michael, Sarah and Christopher all of Cincinnati. Sue is also survived by her much loved brother, Bill Pistner, and his wife, Margie, of Greencastle.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. this evening (Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014) at the E.C. Nurre Funeral Home in Amelia, Ohio. A wake service will follow at 8 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at Saint Francis Catholic Church in Clearfield, followed by graveside prayers at Calvary Cemetery.
One of Sue and Tom's greatest sorrows was the death of their son's wife, Karen Carns, in 2001. Remembrances in Sue's name may be made to the Karen Carns Foundation, 4600 N. Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, Ohio 45040.
Mom, we miss you.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Clearfield is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in The Courier Express from Sept. 3 to Sept. 4, 2014