Mary Janeen Gaston Harris

Died: Sun., Apr. 26, 2020

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Mary Janeen (Jan) Gaston Harris of North East, PA went to heaven on April 26, 2020 after a five year battle with cancer.  She passed away peacefully at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, PA with her beloved husband Robert Harris and her son Thomas Carr at her side.

She was born in Punxsutawney, PA to Rosemary Gaston and the late Christian J. Gaston Sr. at the Punxsutawney (Adrian) Hospital.  Jan was a member of the Lutheran Church in Erie, PA.

Jan is survived by her mother Rosemary Gaston and her husband Rev.  Dr. Robert Harris.  She’s also survived by a daughter Rebecca Lapp of Deforest, Wisconsin and a son Thomas J. Carr Jr. and Beth of Monaca, PA.  

Additionally, she’s survived by two brothers, Christian J. Gaston of Long Beach, CA and Jeffrey Gaston, of Punxsutawney,  as well as three grandchildren,  Jessica Kaufman & husband Logan, Samantha Carr, both of Mercer, PA and Brendon Lapp of Seattle, Washington.

Also surviving are two Sisters in Law – Susan Lupine & husband Bob and Eli & Husband Denny Yeager as well as many nieces and nephews.   She leaves behind many close friends and will be missed greatly by all.

After graduating from Punxy. Area High School, she graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

Jan was an avid reader and was a member of a reading club in Chautauqua, NY.   She loved to cook and entertain family and friends. 

Jan’s funeral care has been entrusted to the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, in Punxsutawney, PA.

Due to current covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private visitation and religious service for Jan, followed by a private interment for immediate family only.     A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. 

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Donna Holder
   Posted Fri May 01, 2020
Bob, we are so shocked and sorry to hear of the death of Jan. I know Jan was a strong believer and is with he Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Peace, Don and Donna Holder.

Pat Melpolder
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Bob - I was so sorry to hear of the death of your wife. Please accept my prayers and condolences for you. May God bless you and the rest of your family and keep you strong. Pat Melpolder

   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
Aunt Rosemary, Jake, Jeffrey, Becky, and Tom
My family sends their deepest condolences and Sympathies during this most difficult time.
Aunt Rosemary, for the loss of your daughter. Jake and Jeffrey, for the loss of you sister.
Becky and Tom, for the loss of your Mum.
Reverend Bob, Im so sorry for the loss of your wife. May God give you strength at this moment and heal you from your grief.

The Tushims//Bedford, Texas

Connie Leiby Laubach
   Posted Mon May 25, 2020
Bob, My sincere condolences for the loss of your wife. That parting is so very hard. Prayers for your comfort and peace as well as those who knew and loved her.

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