Betty J. (Carcella) Saiani passed away peacefully on January 14, 2023, at the age of 90, after a brief illness. Betty was a woman with a joyful spirit and deep faith. Throughout her life, she showered her family with love and encouragement. She could always be counted on for a genuine smile and, even in her later years, the tightest hugs you would ever receive. There are few people in this world who love as fiercely as Betty did.
Betty was born on August 15, 1932, in Rossiter, Pennsylvania, to Elmer and Mary Ann (Pitzerell) Carcella. She grew up in a tight-knit family and worked at Cameron Company in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, before marrying the love of her life, Bruno Saiani, 58 years ago and becoming a homemaker. Together, they raised three children while living in Cleveland, Ohio, and Homer City, Pennsylvania. They were blessed with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They lived their lives with a deep devotion to their family and to each other. Once their children were, grown, they enjoyed traveling and, as they aged, found the same joy in spending time together at home.
Betty was a devout Catholic and was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Lucernemines, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society for many years before moving to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and joining the parish of St. John the Evangelist. Betty had a strong devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux and to her Catholic faith, which she modeled to all those who knew her in word, deed, and daily prayer.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers John and James Carcella, her sister Mary Hurd, and many aunts and uncles.
Betty is survived by her loving husband, Bruno; her children and their spouses Terry and Cindy (Rhoades) Carcella of Latrobe, Tina and Mark Yonko of Johnstown, Lisa Saiani and Beth Bold of Cleveland, Ohio; grandchildren Mary (Carcella) and Chuck Allias of Greensburg, Matthew Carcella and Zach Sweet of Ithaca, New York, Zachary Yonko and Tessa Masula of Mineral Point, Gina Yonko of Cleveland, Ohio, and Maximilian Yonko of Johnstown; great-grandchildrenEthan and Abigail Allias of Greensburg; siblings Rose Chiedor of Greensburg, Richard Carcella and spouse Sandy of Downingtown, Diana Hallman of Punxsutawney; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.Tuesday at Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., in Homer City. A Blessing Service will be held Wednesday at 9:30 AM at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Lucernemines Site. Interment to follow in the St. Louis Cemetery, Lucernemines.