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Elsie Corra Correale

Posted: 1257902075000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Correale, Corra, Hanson, Stevens, Ecker, Egan, Chaney, Carr, Luchi, Wenderoth, Shafer
Hazleton, PA Standard Speaker
Mon., October 22, 1979


A well-known civic and community leader, Mrs. Frank (Elsie) Correale, 175 N. Vine St., died shortly after noon Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital.

Born in this city, the daughter of the late Simon and Mary Ellen (Dergusi) Corra, Mrs. Correale was a lifelong resident of the community.

Mrs. Correale was benefactor of the Elsie Correale Nursery at St. Joseph Hospital, and with her late husband, Frank, who was a prominent Hazleton area coal dealer and political leader, she was instrumental in the initial fund-raising drive for that hospital.

She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, was past president of the Diamond Supply Co., and had been affiliated with the Correale Construction Co.

Active in every charitable effort in the area, Mrs. Correale contributed in part to Lake Irena in Hazle Township Community Park, and to Eurana Park in Weatherly. She also was instrumental in the fund-raising drives for the Heart Fund, Red Cross, Cancer Society, United Way and Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.

In recognition of her efforts, Mrs. Correale was chosen Soroptimist Woman of the Year in 1963, and was honored by the Hazleton Lions Club and the Soroptimist Club in 1975. She was appointed to the Hazleton Charter Study Commission in 1967.

Among her many social affiliations were the Lioness Club, Soroptimist Club, Business and Professional Women's Club and Hazleton Woman's Club.

After the death of her daughter, Natalie, Mrs. Correale founded and became president of the Natalie Correale Memorial Scholarship Fund. She also contributed to the Lions Memorial Park on East Broad Street, a portion of which was in memory of her late daughter.

Not one to seek publicity, Mrs. Correale aided many persons in need, with little or no recognition. In 1972 she personally visited families in the Greater Wilkes-Barre area to assist in obtaining food and shelter for those affected by the Hurricane Agnes flood.

Surviving are three grandsons: Atty. Correale F. Stevens, this city; Donald L. Hanson, Miramar, Fla.; and Bruce J. Hanson, Wilkes-Barre. Three great-grandchildren also survive, along with the following brothers and sisters:

Mrs. Minnie Ecker, this city; Mrs. Emma Egan, Nanuet, N.Y.; Jack Corra, West Hazleton; Mrs. Esther Chaney, this city; Mrs. Adeline Carr, West Hazleteon; Alvin Corra, Sugarloaf; Lawrence Corra, West Hazleton; Mrs. Larry (Edna) Luchi, Sugarloaf; Mrs. Rose Wenderoth, Croton Falls, N.Y., and Mrs. Ray (Betty) Shafer, West Hazleton.

The funeral will be held from the Fierro Funeral Home Wednesday at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at 9:30, and interment in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Donations to the Natalie Correale Scholarship Fund, 416 Northeastern Building, this city, will be appreciated by the family.

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