Carolyn A. Musante, formerly of Warren, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Gerry, N.Y.
Carolyn was born in St. Marys, the daughter of the late Phillip and Barbara (Max) Minnick. Though a graduate of St. Marys High School and employed at Sylvania in Emporium, Carolyn lived in Warren most of her life.
On June 2, 1934, Carolyn married Thomas V. Musante in St. Joseph Catholic Church and was happily married for 49 years until Thomas’s death in 1983. Carolyn became her husband’s assistant and secretary at the St. Joseph Cemetaey, where Thomas was the superintendant for 46 years. Carolyn took over many of his duties when he was out of town, assisting in funeral arrangements and layout for gravesites. Carolyn worked at Dr. Marceca's office in Warren for a short period.
She was a very active member of St. Joseph's, participating in the Altar Rosary Society, the choir, and the Catholic Daughters of America. She was also a member of the Warren Art League, North Warren Cooperative Extension and an avid bowler. She had been active in Cub Scouts and also Brownies and Girl Scouts with her service as an American Red Cross “Gray Lady.” As a Gray Lady, she volunteered at Warren General Hospital, providing non-medical services to patients and visitors, easing their stay.
Throughout her life, Carolyn’s constant and greatest dedication was to her beloved family and raising her own three children.
Carolyn is survived by her son, Robert J. Musante and his wife Carolyn (Lefik) Musante of Youngsville, Pa., as well as her daughter Barbara (Musante) Johnson and her husband James Johnson. She had nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Carolyn was preceded in death by her sister, Marie (Minnick) Dunn; her brother, Charles Minnick of Warren; and her son, Thomas P. Musante.
A Christian Burial Mass will be conducted at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Warren, on Monday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m., with Pastor Rev. Fr. Richard J. Toohey officiating. There will be one hour of visitation before the funeral at St. Joseph. Interment will be in St. Joseph
Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St. Joseph RC Church, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA 16365; or with a favorite charity.
The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of funeral arrangements.