Grace Elizabeth LaPietra, age 88, of Sweetwater, formerly of Long Island, New York, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at her home. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Athens.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Margaret and William Rice; husband of 52 years, Joseph LaPietra; sister, Margaret Roy; and brothers, James Monroe Rice, William Thomas Rice, James Joseph Rice and Walter Vincent Rice.
Survivors include: her daughter, Janice M. LaPietra, of Sweetwater;
Son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Karen LaPietra, of Apex, North Carolina;
Grandchildren, Joseph and Robin LaPietra, Jason LaPietra, all of North Carolina, Scott Brown, of New Jersey, and Tina Fahr, of New York;
Great-grandchildren, Angelina and Jayden LaPietra, Alec and Eric;
Several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. followed by a rosary service. Family and friends met at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Athens for a funeral mass with Rev. Dr. John Orr officiating.
Interment will be conducted at a later date in the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at 5901 Lyons View Pike in Knoxville, TN 37919.
Kyker Funeral Homes, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com