Grace Elizabeth LaPietra

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