Ethel M. Neal

Ethel M. Neal, age 97, passed away on October 21, 2017, after a long illness, in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

She was born July 23, 1920, in Canoe Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Zora (Hawk) and Lynn Sutter.

A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Ethel centered her life around her family and friends.

She leaves behind many cherished memories and will be greatly missed.

Ethel was a long-time Pittsburgh Steeler and Pittsburgh Pirates fan.

Ethel loved Country/Western music, square dancing with Pete, going to the Mahoning Hills Senior Center with her many friends and doing all types of crafts, playing bingo, crocheting, knitting, etc.

She is survived by her beloved sister, friend and caregiver Gloria Shaffer and her husband Gordon of Rossiter, PA and seven grandchildren: grandson Frederick Faipler and his wife Cara of Moodus, CT; granddaughter Brenda Pearson and her husband Mark of Old Lyme, CT; grandson Terry Faipler of Colchester, CT; grandson Thomas Faipler; granddaughter Deborah Springer and her husband Ray of Plainville, CT; grandson Donald Huey and his wife Andrea of Terryville, CT and granddaughter Denise Wodecki and her husband Danny of Longs, South Carolina. Ethel is also survived by her twelve great-grandchildren Eugene “Jack” Faipler, Danielle Faipler, TJ Faipler, Jessie Faipler, Nicholas Faipler, Adam Faipler, Jennifer Carroll, Sarah Gray, Savannah Huey, Jordan Wodecki, Jalen Wodecki and Alexis Wodecki and one great-great-grandson Connor Carroll and many nieces and nephews whom she adored.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Eugene “Pete” Neal, daughters Louise Faipler and Karen Sali; son Eugene “Popeye” Neal and son-in-law Jack Sali.

Ethel was also predeceased by her seven brothers and five sisters: Charles Sutter, Gerald Sutter, Alvis Sutter, Max Sutter, Marvin Sutter, Homer Ray Sutter, Lorraine Sutter, Mary Gaston, Dorothy Kanouff, Bernice Smith, Frances Sutter and Madalene Lunger.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Deeley Funeral Home, 33 Hillcrest Drive, Punxsutawney, PA 15767.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 27, 2017, at the funeral home with Pastor Donald Brauer officiating.

Interment will be in Pearce Cemetery, Rossiter.

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