Gla­dys Irene Brighton Nepa

De­cem­ber 19, 2016

The Times-Tribune - - Health & Science -

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.

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