Mrs. Carrol A. (Smereski) Macri, a resident of Mountain Top, died Feb. 18, 2016, at home surrounded by her beloved family with her faithful dog, Mia, at her side.
Born Aug. 9, 1943, in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Walter and Pauline Caroline (Turza) Smereski. Educated in the Nanticoke schools, she was a member of the 1961 graduating class of Nanticoke High School.
Mrs. Macri furthered her education by attending the former Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing, followed by courses at Wilkes College and Marywood University toward her life’s ambition of attaining her nursing certificate in 1964.
Following her licensure, Carrol served as a nurse for the Montefore Hospital, Bronx, New York City, and the Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center of Plainfield, New Jersey. She later became Director of Nursing for the Smith Nursing Home of Mountain Top, the Miners Memorial Skilled Nursing Unit in Coaldale and most recently for the Butler Valley Nursing Home in Drums, where she worked until her retirement.
Carrol is remembered as being the consummate mother and nurse, always caring for others first. She spent the last two years lovingly caring for her ailing husband, Mr. John A. Macri Jr., who passed on Nov. 14, 2015. Together, the couple always put the needs of their children and family ahead of their own. At the time of his passing, Carrol and John would have celebrated 50 years of married life two weeks after his own passing. She previously participated as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and assisted in coaching girls softball in Mountain Top when her daughter was younger. She was a member of St. Jude Parish, Mountain Top, and held membership in the Pennsylvania Director of Nursing Association (PADONA) for over 20 years.
Carrol prided herself in being the best “Grammy” she could be. She attended countless sporting events and braved all kinds of weather to support her grandchildren and their teammates. More recently, Carrol assisted with the concession stand for the Crestwood Football Booster Club.
She was an avid reader and gardener, whose skills could turn garden vegetables and flowers into store quality produce. She shared her love of gardening with her “little princess,” Aubrey of whom, she proudly attended piano recitals over the years.
Left to mourn her passing are her beloved children, Paula Jean Macri and her companion, Robert Monell, of Tampa, Florida, John A. Macri III and his wife, Nadine, of Mountain Top, and Joseph Macri, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Johnny IV, Michael and Aubrey Macri; her brother, David Smereski and his wife, Carol, of Rochester, New York; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, nursing associates and dear friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Macri were conducted with a Memorial Funeral Mass in St. Jude Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be private and at the convenience of Carrol’s family.
Carrol’s family would be honored if prospective donors might consider a donation to Candy’s Place Cancer Wellness Center, 190 Welles St., Suite No. 120, Forty Fort, PA 18704.
To send her children online words of comfort, support or encouragement at this time, please visit our family’s website at www.johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.