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Szermeta, Carrie Darlene

Carrie Darlene Szermeta, age 61, of Cambridge Springs passed away at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Erie, on Friday July 6, 2018 after a courageous fight with ovarian cancer. She was born in Meadville on June 20 ,1957, a daughter of Billy and Donna Mae Davenport Spencer. Carrie graduated from Maplewood High School with the class of 1975. She entered the US Army in 1978, completed her degree in medical technology, and served as a medical technician until 1988. She met her future husband John Szermeta while stationed in South Korea. In 2011, Carrie earned an additional degree in music. She had a thirty year career as a medical technician with Meadville Medical Center until her retirement in 2018. Carrie was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Drake’s Mills and served as pianist and choir director. She also was a member of the Concert Band of Northwest PA , the Shades of Time swing band and had been a member of the Erie Thunderbirds. Carrie belonged to American Legion Post 205, Saegertown. She enjoyed participating in the Allegheny College band camps for adult musicians, hunting, fishing and caring for her cats.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ronnie and daughter, Kim. Survivors include her parents – Billy and Donna Spencer of Cambridge Springs, daughter- Tracey Szermeta of Cambridge Springs, a sister-Tammy Peters (Steve) of Cambridge Springs, a brother – John Spencer of Meadville. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a special friend, Anne Robillard.

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home on Sunday July 8, from 5 until 8 pm and at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Drakes Mills on Monday July 9 from 11:00 until 12:30. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm with Rev. Brian Riddle officiating. Interment will be at New Richmond Cemetery.

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#1 Comment By Mary Hollern On July 8, 2018 @ 8:51 am

I always admired Carrie gift as a musician and her love for music. We used to harmonize together at her place and one time at the hospital where she volunteer to play the piano at MMC transitional care unit. We all get caught up in our busy life but the great memories will always be there. Love you Carrie.

#2 Comment By Debbie & Dennis Ransom On July 8, 2018 @ 10:03 am

Donna, Bill, Tammy & Family.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
May God wrap you in His loving arms and give you the comfort and support that you all need at this time.

#3 Comment By Art and Peggy Shade On July 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

So sorry to hear about Carrie’s passing. Peggy and I had special times with her in Texas and are blessed that she allowed us to watch Ronnie a couple times. Our thoughts and prayes go out to Tracy, and Carrie’s family for comfort in this very difficult time.

#4 Comment By Jean Maas On July 8, 2018 @ 2:08 pm

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I met and talked to Carrie at the Senior Center a couple of months ago. We had a nice conversation. How sad for your family.

#5 Comment By Joyce D Chapman On July 9, 2018 @ 6:49 am

Dear Donna and Bill and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of your tragic loss of Carrie! You are in my heart at this sad time.
Love, Joyce Bertram Chapman

#6 Comment By Cassie Shafer On July 9, 2018 @ 1:20 pm

i haven’t been in the area for a few years now but I deeply remember Carrie playing at New Richmond UMC. Tracy I am so sorry for your loss. I know that she is no suffering nor in pain. The good Lord needed a beautiful angel for his band in Heaven above. May God help ease your pain in your time of need.

#7 Comment By Suzanne Bennett On July 9, 2018 @ 7:29 pm

I met CARRIE when I was a Chaplain at Westbury and she was a high school student who played the piano and organ for our services. I always appreciated her talent and musical abilities! We remained friends for the next nearly 40 years. Our prayers go out to her daughter and other family members. Carrie fought hard. She has earned her rest. Perhaps she’s leading the heavenly choir with the baby elephant’s march! Love you forever!

#8 Comment By Tonie Cline On July 10, 2018 @ 9:34 am

Dear Tracy: So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I know she must of been a special person with many talents because she had a great daughter like you and your special talents…Music and Numbers, just to name a few.