Elaine (Panna) Pearce

Born: Mon., Feb. 19, 1951
Died: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 30, 2018
Location: Auburn Location

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., Dec. 01, 2018
Location: Holy Family Church

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Elaine Panna Pearce, 67, of Auburn, NY passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 26, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was born in Auburn on February 19, 1951 as the daughter of the late Charles Panna and Stella Piwinski.

Elaine graduated from Mount Carmel High School and secretarial school in Boston, MA. She later returned to Auburn,  to marry the late Bert B. Pearce in November 1973. Within a couple of years, the devoted pair became a family. Soon after, Elaine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She immediately began to fight for her dream to overcome every challenge so her family could continue to grow. No matter it be a dance recital, baseball/softball/basketball game, cross country/track/gymnastic meet, or cheer competition, Elaine was always there as the biggest and brightest supporter. Elaine continued her journey at Mercy Rehabilitation Center with her love for sports as an avid Syracuse Orange and Boston Red Sox fan. On game day, she was found dressed in her apparel and intently watching every play. Determined to prove that she would overcome any challenge, Elaine journeyed back home to be with those she loved the most, her family. Every single day Elaine shined a smile albeit her knowing that some were unable to see or believe in her courage and stealthy demeanor of experiencing life via spending her last year on great adventures (an SU game, Lake George); but the ones that meant the most to her were a 1st birthday party, dance recital, football/basketball/lacrosse games and most importantly holidays with family. Those who knew Elaine admired her for her strength, angelic presence, and heroism. She did it all, beat all odds, and overcame every challenge with a smile.

Elaine is survived by her loving children, Jaclyn (Derek LeClair), Timothy (Kristen), Kristyna (Jonathan Geherin) all local and Melissa (Craig) Flynn of PA; her grandchildren Doryn and Damyn LeClair, Carissa and Corinne Flynn, Elsie and Juna Pearce; a brother Joseph Panna; brother-in-law Robert (Linda) Pearce, sister-in-law Karen Pearce; nephews Jerry Panna, Michael Marciano, Sean, Rob, Kevin and Michael Pearce; her favorite niece Patricia (Anthony) Marciano and her very special godson Anthony Marciano. Elaine was also predeceased by her brother Jerry and sister-in-law Phyllis Panna; brother-in-law Albert; in-laws Herbert Pearce, Marjorie Pearce Rowoth and Olin Rowoth.

Friends and family may visit Friday, November 30th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at White Chapel Funeral Home, Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Family Church, Auburn, followed by a burial at St. Joseph’s cemetery in Auburn.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elaine Pearce may be made, with a smile, to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Sandy Troyan Baker Rutherford
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
My heart breaks to hear of the passing of an Angel on earth thru the Gates of Heaven ~ Rest in Peace Elaine Pearce ~ You fought your battle on earth of Multiple Sclerosis gallantly, you raised three beautiful children with unending love, now you join your husband, Bert, in heaven and together continue to watch over your children and their families. Your Christmas letters & photos of your children each year brought a smile to my heart. Praying that God walks with your family & friends thru all the sad days ahead.

Margaret Smith
   Posted Thu November 29, 2018
I am so sorry to learn of Elaine's passing. Elaine & I grew up on Pulaski Street and I will always remember the fun all of us kids had playing kickball after school in the big backyard of her family home.

May memories of happy times with your Mom help to comfort you in the days ahead. She is at peace now and free from suffering. I know she'll be watching over all of you from heaven.

With sincere sympathy,
Margaret Badran Smith

mary dorsey
   Posted Fri November 30, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the Pearce family and was saddened to hear of your mother's passing

debbie kennedy
   Posted Sat December 01, 2018
I was shocked to hear of Elaines passing - i was thinking of her the other day as i pulled out the Xmas bells she gave me every year. She was one of a kind who never gave up on anything, always busy and very proud of her kids & grandkids. I was soo happy when she was able to leave the nursing home to be with family although I missed her too and she loved showing off the `cool socks` her daughter got her.. RIP Elaine- you will be forever in our hearts.

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