Sophia Scarcella Merriner, 93, of Langeloth, passed away on September 6, 2021 in her residence at Country Meadows Retirement Community, Bridgeville, Pa. She and her twin sister Sylvia were born on May 5, 1928, in Fairmont, WV., into a family of 11 other children of the late Pasquale and Teresa Candalise Scarcella, Sophie supported the WWII war effort by working at Westinghouse, and Owens Glass. Sophie was a self-taught cook, baker, seamstress and crocheter. She took great joy in crocheting afghans and sewing fashionable clothes for herself and her daughter Rita. Her pies and pastries were celebrated by family and friends.Sophie also volunteered at the Burgettstown Senior Center in her spare time.
Her husband of 71 years, Bill Duane Merriner, who she married on August 24, 1947, passed away on March 14, 2019. She is survived by her four children Bill D. Merriner and wife Elaine of Follansbee, W.Va., Rita Yvonne Baileys and husband Ray of Jefferson Hills, Robert Lewis Merriner and wife Deborah of Annandale, Va. and Ronald Lee Merriner and wife Cindy of Burgettstown; grandchildren Amanda Hixenbaugh, Alyssa Feaster, Michael and Jason Baileys and Trisha, Christy,Carey, Lindsay, Chelsea, and Loni Merriner; great-grandchildren Abigail, Megan, Aidan, Donald James., Jonathan, Amelia, Benjamin, Julia, Natalia, Lennox, Gabriella, and Austin;her twin sister Sylvia,; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday September 9, in the Lee & Martin Funeral Home, 73 Highland Avenue, Burgettstown, PA 15021, that will include a Memorial Funeral Service conducted by Minister Steve Smithbauer of the Weirton Heights Church Of Christ at 7:30 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in memory of Sophia at 10:30am on Friday September 10, 2021 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church of St. Isadore the Farmer Parish, 1109 Main Street, Burgettstown, with the Rev. Tom Kredel as Celebrant. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray.
Those wishing to remember Mrs. Merriner in a special way can make a memorial donation in her memory to: Burgettstown Community Library, 2 Kerr Street, Burgettstown, PA 15292 or by visiting Library at burglibrary.org