Sara J. Parana

Sara J. Parana, 76, of 400 Rock St., Ridgway, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center. She was born September 19, 1936, in St. Marys, the daughter of Jacob and Marquerite Smith Ames. On August 28, 1959, she married Joseph V. Parana, he survives. Mrs. Parana was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. She had been a Ridgway resident for 35 years. She had been employed at Ridgway Area High School, retiring in 1991.In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Amy Gross (Mark) of St. Marys; three sons, Justin Parana of Johnsonburg, Gerard Parana of Kansas City, Kan., Chad Parana of Dayton, Ohio; two grandchildren, Nathan Parana and Jodi Parana and by five great-grandchildren, Christian, Evan, Kiarra, Aaliyoh Parana and Bryce JohnsonShe was predeceased by her parents, a sister, Louise Wildman and by a brother, Louis Eckert.Memorial services for Sara Parana will be held in the Trinity United Church of Christ at a later date.There is no visitation. Funeral arrangements, are under the direction of the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Ridgway Public Library, 329 Center St., Ridgway, PA 15853 or to the St. Marys Public Library, 127 Center St., St. Marys, PA 15857 or to the Elk County Humane Society, 1029 Eschbach Rd., St. Marys.