Gladys Irene Brighton Nepa
December 19, 2016
Gladys Irene Brighton Nepa, 92, died peacefully surrounded by her children on Dec. 19, 2016, after a brief illness. Gladys was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Lowestoft, England, the daughter of Frederick Brighton and Blanche Jarvis Brighton.
Gladys was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a talented seamstress, having made countless outfits, prom gowns, bridesmaid gowns and wedding gowns for her daughters, granddaughters and friends. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed gardening and traveling. She loved cooking and baking, especially for family dinners. Growing up on the southeast coast of England, Gladys loved swimming and the beach. She graduated from Lowestoft’s Central School, where she was an honors student. After high school, Gladys worked as a telephone operator in Lowestoft. While working as operator during World War II, she met and later married the love of her life, Vito Nepa Jr. The couple moved to Carbondale, Pa., and were married for 66 years.
Gladys was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vito Nepa Jr.; a son, Frederick Nepa Sr.; her parents, Frederick and Blanche Brighton; a sister, Joan; and a brother, Kenneth.
Gladys is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Annette Nepa, Carbondale; and her daughters, Anne Cicco, Clifford Twp.; and Jean Nepa, Blue Bell. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Fred Nepa Jr. and wife, Heather, Las Vegas; Carrie Anne Nepa, Carbondale; Alex Nepa Jr., State College; Candace Nepa, Carbondale; Nicholas Cicco, Bethlehem; Phillip Cicco and wife, Kaelyn, Liverpool, N.Y.; and Gina Cicco, West Chester; as well as five great-grandchildren, Sienna, Sean and Dominic Nepa, Las Vegas; and Mason and Savannah Nepa, Carbondale; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be Thursday from Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 74 N. Main St., Carbondale, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church. Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.