Clara Terzi Obituary (1927 – 2022) – West Wyoming, PA

WEST WYOMING — Clara C. Terzi, 94, a resident of West Wyoming, died in eternal life on Sunday afternoon, January 30, 2022, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born April 27, 1927 in Pittston, Clara was one of three daughters of the late Joseph and Maria (Randazzo) Caltagirone.

In addition to her parents, Joseph and Maria Caltagirone, Clara was predeceased by her beloved husband, the late Lino I. Terzi, who died on September 19, 1986. Together, Lino and Clara shared 37 beautiful years of marriage. She was also predeceased by her younger sister, Carmella Caltagirone.

Raised in western Wyoming, Clara worked at her mother’s corner grocery store as a young girl while attending school to help her mother who was widowed at a young age. While in high school, she was a cheerleader and helped write letters of support for World War II troops. After graduating from West Wyoming High School, Class of 1945, she continued to help in the store where she met her future husband, Lino I. Terzi. She attended Empire Beauty School and obtained certificates from Bruno School of Hair Design, La Maur Beauty Knowledge Forum in 1946 and Clairol Gold Crown Certificate in 1964. She started her own business, “Clara’s Beauty Salon”, which she operated from her home in West Wyoming for more than 60 years. Clara treated her customers with dignity and respect, often driving them to the store and doing their hair at home if they were housebound. What a feat for a woman to have her own business and drive in the early 60’s! Always wanting to be up to date with the latest beauty trends, Clara has attended countless cosmetology trade shows, exhibitions and seminars over the years.

Strongly rooted in her Catholic faith, Clara was a longtime member of Our Lady of Sorrows, now known as Saint Monica Parish, where she was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Church Mothers. She was also a member of Saint Barbara Parish, formerly known as Saint Anthony of Padua Church, Exeter.

Clara had a great love for dancing throughout her life, from early Boogie Woogie to line dancing later in life. She was a longtime member of the Anthracite Rose Line Dancing Club. She was also a member of the Italian American Citizens Club and enjoyed the many dinner parties and gatherings they held over the years.

An accomplished Italian wife, mother and grandmother, Clara enjoyed cooking and baking for her family. She was also very artistic, excelling in drawing, crocheting, quilting and embroidery and spoke two languages ​​fluently. In her youth, she loved bowling. More recently, she has enjoyed walks around Lake Harveys, day trips to malls and window shopping to catch up on the latest fashions. Lately, playing cards, puzzles, checkers and watching game shows have been filling up his time.

Clara’s love and devotion for her children and grandchildren knew no bounds. Strong willed with a strong work ethic, Clara instilled these qualities in her children and grandchildren. She was blessed with a strong and unbreakable mutual bond with her son, Lino, and daughter, Christine, as well as her sister, Mary. Although Clara will be greatly missed, there is joy in knowing that she is reunited in paradise with her beloved husband, family members and friends who have gone before her, and that she is freely at peace without all the pain and suffering of rheumatoid arthritis, which she acquired in 1971, and the other debilitating conditions she has suffered more recently.

Clara is survived by her devoted children, Lino J. Terzi, of West Wyoming; and Christine Gustainis and her husband, James, of West Chester; his two granddaughters, Hailey Gustainis, of West Chester, and Jennifer May and her husband, James, and their children, Clara’s great-grandchildren, Gus and Charlie, of South Carolina. Also survived is his sister, Mary Matani, of West Wyoming; his nieces, Mary Cleary and Joann Mischanti; as well as their families of grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Lino and Christine would like to thank Christine’s husband, Dr. James Gustainis, and the rest of their extended family for their unwavering understanding, selflessness, and support during a much needed time. This allowed them to care for Clara at home and enabled them to provide excellent personal care until her final resting place.

Immense gratitude is extended to Clara’s sister, Mary Matani, for her lifelong love, continuous care and thoughtfulness throughout the years, most especially the last weeks of Clara’s life, when the bond of a sister was so needed.

The family would also like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to their friend and dedicated caregiver, Jane Roche, for all she has done to help Clara and her family. A sincere thank you to Father Peter Tomczak for his spiritual guidance, prayers and kindness during Clara’s last days. Additionally, their deepest gratitude goes to the amazing staff at Geisinger at Home for their excellent support during a difficult time, and to all Geisinger workers who got to know Clara by first name.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Clara’s viewing, which will take place Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Saint Monica Parish, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming.

After the viewing, a Christian burial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Saint Monica Parish, with the Reverend Father Peter Tomczak, its pastor, officiating.

Interment with Rite of Commitment will follow at Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton Section of Kingston Township.

The family kindly asks those present at Clara’s services to wear a mask. If a mask is required, one will be provided.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.

For more information or to send Clara’s family a message of condolence online, you can visit the funeral home’s website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com, or Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Clara’s name to the Arthritis Foundation, 1355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30309, or by visiting www.arthritis.org/donate.

Published by Times Leader February 5-6, 2022.

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