Charlene M. (Cross) Kennedy, 79, of Walden’s View Memory Care, North Huntingdon passed on to life eternal on February 23, 2017. She was born at Magee Hospital on October 9, 1937, and was the youngest child of Charles & Norma (Ament) Cross.
Charlene graduated from North Huntingdon High in June 1955, and on June 20, 1955, at Miller United Methodist Church, she married Charles W. Kennedy, II. They had been married 59 years prior to his passing on February 7, 2015. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her older brothers, Donald and Robert Cross. Charlene enjoyed walking on the beach, planting flowers, reading and being with her family - Terry & Karen Kennedy of Mars and their daughters Heather Ludwig [Amos] of Canonsburg and Brandi Lumley [Jerrod] of Mars; Tracy & Rodger Barron of Somerset and their daughter, Alysa Barron; Beth & Greg Germuska of North Huntingdon and their daughters Megan Connelly [Brian] of Beaver and Kami DiazBucio [Misael] of El Cajon, CA; and Chuck (III) & Christine Kennedy of Trafford. Charlene was blessed to be great-grandma to Aiden, Kailyn, Tristen & Gavin Connelly; Nathen & Kasen DiazBucio; Rowan & Adah Ludwig; and Elliot & Camden Lumley. She is also survived by her sister, Ella Fay Ray of North Huntingdon; sister-in-law, Gladys Coxon of Monroeville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received at The James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon on Sunday, February 26 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a service on Monday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Timothy Williams officiating at the funeral home chapel. Interment will immediately follow at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in North Huntingdon. The family wishes to thank Seven Oaks Hospice and Walden’s View Memory Care, and all those who have offered condolences, food items and monetary gifts. Memorial gifts may be made to the Miller United Methodist Church, 1935 Lincoln Highway, North Versailles, PA 15137.
Heaven has gained another special angel in Charlene.
Originally published February 23, 2017.