Obituary Notice: Jessie Marie Mitchell-Centra

Obituary Notice: Jessie Marie Mitchell-Centra (Provided photo)

Jessie Marie Mitchell-Centra, 88, of Clearfield died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. She was born July 18, 1924 in Shiloh, a daughter of the late Jesse Graffius.

Mrs. Mitchell-Centra was a homemaker. She’d also been employed at McGregor’s Sportswear as a seamstress. She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking and sewing. The focus of her life was her family, whom she cherished.

She attended Hyde Wesleyan Church and was previously a member of the Clearfield Presbyterian Church and the former Pine Grove Bethel Presbyterian Church. She will be remembered for her overt care of others and being very self-sacrificing by always putting others first.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph L. Centra, whom she wed May 25, 1996 in Clearfield and two daughters, Gail Mitchell-Black and her husband, Steve Black of Clearfield and Sherry Stanton and her husband, Dr. Allan of Conneaut Lake.

Surviving are five grandchildren, Stefani Campbell of Coopersburg; Cristen Urich and her husband, Michael of Elliottsburg; Heather Molly Clark of New York City, NY; Jeffrey Stanton and his wife, Marcy of Russell; and Dr. Rebecca Stanton of Conneaut Lake; and nine great-grandchildren Devon, Joseph, Patrick, Aidan, Maura and Mitchell Campbell and Jesse, Madison and Savannah Urich.

Also surviving are four step-children, Marcel Centra and his wife, Janice of Frederick, MD; Linda Maines and her husband, Dave of Clearfield; Mark Centra and his wife, Mary Ann of Centerville, VA; and Dino Centra and his wife Cathy of Alexandria, VA; six step-grandchildren Robert Davis of Clearfield; Jolene Maines and her husband, Tom of Seattle, WA; Marcus Centra of Prince County, MD; Michael Centra of Centerville, VA; and Zachary Centra and Cristen Centra, both of Alexandria, VA; and a step-great granddaughter, Gabriella Snyder.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by first her husband, John William Mitchell on Feb. 5, 1989; her in-laws, William E. and Annie M. Mitchell; her grandmother, Ida Graffius, who reared her; and a brother, Millard E. Graffius.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kevin A Beardsley Funeral Home, Clearfield, with the Rev. Robert Croft and the Rev. John Croft co-officiating. Burial will follow in the Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde.

Friends will be received from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the hour of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hyde Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 264, Hyde, PA 16843 or to the SmileTrain for Cleft Palate Research, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C., 20090.

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