Michael J. Carr

Michael J. Carr, age 56, of 641 Shelvey Summit Road, Kersey, died suddenly at the Elk Regional Health Center, on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. He was born March 15, 1955, in Hope, Maine, the son of Clarence J. and Madine L. LaBranche Carr. On Aug. 7, 1977, he married Judith A. Caggiano, she survives. Michael was employed at Penncon and Ridgway Steel Fabricators, as a fitter welder and later at Keystone Carbon Co. St. Marys, prior to starting his flooring business, Mike’s Custom Services in 1996. He was a member of the Ridgway Elks Lodge, St. Boniface Church Choir, Concert Choir of Elk County and a Board Member of the Elk County Footlighters. Michael loved the the theater and performed in many mystery dinner theaters as well as leading and supporting roles in many Footlighter productions, his most memorable being his portrayal of Fred Rockwell in the original Rockwell Trial performed in the court room of the Elk County Courthouse. He loved music, history, and had a passion for learning. He enjoyed working in his garden and spending time with his grandchildren. Michael embraced life and will be remembered for his smile, quick wit, sense of humor and always putting the needs of others before his own.In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, David H. Carr of Kersey; his daughters, Tara Witter (Chris) of McGaheysville, Va., Jennifer Hatala (Aaron) of Lower Burrell, Hilary Maitland of Augusta, Maine; a step-daughter, Cammie Davido (Steve) of Pittsburgh; 12 grandchildren, Gabriel, Jonah, Dante and Eva Witter, Elizabeth Carr, Roman and Aiden Hatala, Ethan McGuire, Scarlett and Scotty Carr and Danielle and Dominic Davido; four brothers, Henry Carr and Tony Carr of Cheyenne, Wyo., Mark LaBranche of Waterville, Maine, and Charles LaBranche of Waldoboro, Maine; two sisters, Michelle Creamer and Madine Callen of Waldoboro, Maine; and by many nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Collen Lynd; and by a step-father, Fred LaBranche.A Mass of Christian Burial for Michael Carr will be celebrated at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Kersey, on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Jim Faluczak, pastor. Friends will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church, Kersey, PA, Concert Choir of Elk County, Ridgway, PA, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.