Rhea Mercier Waples, 98, a resident of the Watson Memorial Home, Warren, PA., died peacefully at her residence on Sunday afternoon, November 5, 2017, after a brief illness.
She was born December 8, 1918 in Warren, PA., and was the daughter of Homer J. and Domecia (Minnie) Williams Mercier.
Rhea was a lifelong Warren area resident and a 1936 graduate of Warren High School. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Church. She was an avid knitter and good cook.
Rhea is survived by her 2 daughters – Joan Michele Rantanen of Boston, Mass., and Patricia Bratz of Warren, PA., 2 grandchildren – Melissa Corbin and August Bratz, 4 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her foster parents, Leonard W. and Minnie Davis, her husband, John G. Waples whom she married at Holy Redeemer Church, Warren, PA., on January 29, 1944, who died October 16, 1985, 1 Grandson – John Paul Bratz.
Friends will be received Monday, November 13, 2017 at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA., from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor of Holy Redeemer Church, officiating. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum of the Resurrection in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Watson Memorial Home, 1200 Conewango Avenue, Warren, PA., 16365 or New Hope Assistance Dogs, 3 Scott Run Road, Warren, PA., 16365. Email condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.