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Clara Gustin

November 16, 1921 - December 8, 2004

Burial Date December 8, 2004

Clara Gustin, age 83, of Scranton, died Wednesday evening at Mercy Hospital in Scranton. She was preceded in death by her first husband Joseph Keppick and her second husband Charles Gustin, who died December 11, 1992.

Born in Scranton, on November 16, 1921, she was the daughter of the late James and Clara Doyle Smith. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and the Williamsport Technical Institute. She was a Army veteran World War II, having served with the W.A.C. 9th Air Corp.. She served in the following Battles and Campaigns Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northen France, and Rhineland. She received the following decorations and citations the Good Conduct Medal, WAAC Service Ribbon, and the European-Africian-Middle Eastern Service Medal w/ 5 Bronze Service Stars. She was a Life member and past commander of both the American Legion 948 and the V.F.W. Post 3451, Scranton. She was the first women Commander in the state of Pennsylvania. For two years, she served as the All State Commander of the V.F.W. and of the National Aide- DeCamp V.F.W.. She was a Life member of the D.A.V. Chapter 1. She served as the President of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. She was also the Department Rep. for the V.A.V.S..She was a member of the M.O.C. Pup Tent G4, the Chapel of 4 Chaplains, the AM. Vets – W.A.A.C. , the Italian American War Vets, Electric City Post 33 and was a Charter member of W.I.M.S.A.. She served on the Armed Forces Committee for the AMVETS-W.A.A.C.. She was the past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 98. She was the past mother advisor of the Rainbow Girls.
She received the Massabki Medal from the Maronite Church.
Prior to retirement, she was employed by D.I.C. Mfgr., Dunmore. She was a member of St. Ann Maronite Church, West Scranton.
She is survived by her Daughter,
Mary Carol LaJudice of Ebensburg, PA and Two Half Sisters Marjorie Jenkins, Naples, Florida, and Neola Jane Lynott, Scranton
Four Grandchildren
Six Great Grandchildren
Nieces and Nephews
Great Nieces and Great Nephews
Great Great Nieces and Great Great Nephews

She was preceded in death by Two brothers Richard and Charles Smith and a Sister Ellen Smith Sabatelle

The funeral will be Monday at 11:30 AM from the Durkan-Cuff-Kearney Funeral Home, 125 N.Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass at Noon in St. Ann Maronite Church, Corner of N. Sumner Ave. & Price Street, West Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Francis J. Marini. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Friends may call Sunday 2-4PM and 7-9PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donors favorite charity.
Military services will be conducted Sunday at 7:30PM by the V.F.W. Post 3451, Scranton.
Incense services will be conducted Sunday at 8PM.
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