Susan P. Papa


Susan P. Papa, 94, of New Castle passed away the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at Haven Convalescent Home.
Born on June 25, 1924, in Chewton, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Pezzuto Cook.
She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Ellwood City in the class of 1942.
An active person her entire life, Susan worked through the war effort at Ellwood Sheet and Tube as an original "Rosie the Riveter." She then worked as a secretary to the principal at the Youth Development Center.
Her greatest joy and achievement was that of a homemaker and raising her seven children. Later in life, Susan immersed herself in charity work with much of it being unsung, such as visiting nursing homes and "adopting" people into her family when in most cases they would have no one.
Susan taught her children through her actions that charity does indeed begin at home. As her final act of charity, Susan requested her body be donated to the UPMC Medical School.
Susan is survived by her children, Mary Ann Reiter and her husband, Robert, of New Castle, Attorney Susan M. Papa of New Castle, Alfred V. Papa Jr. and his wife, Monica, of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, Dr. Richard A. Papa and his wife, Kathy, of New Castle, Dr. Charles M. Papa of Atlanta, Georgia, Robert A. Papa of Lehigh Acres, Florida, and Gregory T. Papa of New Castle; a brother, Nick Cook of Sarasota, Florida; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Attorney Alfred V. Papa Sr.; four brothers, Frank, A.J., Michael and Joseph Cook; and three sisters, Carolyn Rainey, Theresa Fantone and Ann Didiano.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, conducted by the Rev. Frederick Gilbert.
Interment will take place in Oak Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan P. Papa Charity Fund, c/o Attorney Susan M. Papa, 439 Court St., New Castle, Pa. 16101.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at
Published on November 28, 2018
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