Rhea Mercier Waples, 98, a resident of the Watson Memorial

Home, Warren, PA., died peacefully at her residence on Sunday

afternoon, November 5, 2017, after a brief illness.

She was born December 8, 1918 in Warren, PA., and was the

daughter of Homer J. and Domecia (Minnie) Williams Mercier.

Rhea was a lifelong Warren area resident and a 1936 graduate of

Warren High School. She was a member of Holy Redeemer

Church. She was an avid knitter and good cook.

Rhea is survived by her 2 daughters – Joan Michele Rantanen of

Boston, Mass., and Patricia Bratz of Warren, PA., 2 grandchildren

– Melissa Corbin and August Bratz, 4 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her

foster parents, Leonard W. and Minnie Davis, her husband, John

G. Waples whom she married at Holy Redeemer Church, Warren,

PA., on January 29, 1944, who died October 16, 1985, 1 Grandson

– John Paul Bratz.

Friends will be received Monday, November 13, 2017 at St. Joseph

R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA., from

10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M., followed by a Mass of Christian

Burial with Fr. James Gutting, Pastor of Holy Redeemer Church,

officiating. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum of the

Resurrection in St. Joseph R.C. Cemetery. Those wishing to place

memorials may do so through Watson Memorial Home, 1200

Conewango Avenue, Warren, PA., 16365 or New Hope

Assistance Dogs, 3 Scott Run Road, Warren, PA., 16365. E-mail

condolences may be sent by visiting

www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com The Donald E. Lewis Funeral

Home, Inc. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.