Enjoyed photography, travel  and helping others

Published in the October 5, 2017 edition

NORTH READING — Jeana “Charlene” Perella, 83, died on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at her home in Jeffersonville, Indiana, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Woodson, Texas, raised in Breckinridge, Texas and spent her working life in North Reading, before relocating to Jeffersonville in retirement.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Cesino B. (Chet) Perella. She is also survived by her brother, James Doan (husband of Elaine, of Mobile, Alabama). She is survived by four loving children, Pamela Lewis (wife of Jerry, of Wilmington); Louie Perella (husband of Doreen, of Warren, Rhode Island); James Perella (husband of Kathy, of Cub Run, Kentucky); and Sherri White (wife of Steven, of San Carlos, California). Additionally, she is survived by six grandchildren, Kurt Jones (husband of Breanne, of Honolulu, Hawaii); Eric Jones (of Andover); Jenelle Braga (wife of Brian, of Dracut); Lou E. Perella (husband of Laura, of Riverside, Rhode Island); Kyle White and Ethan White (of San Carlos, California), as well as five great-grandchildren, Nate, Preston, Nora, Riley, and Kailey.

She enjoyed photography, travel, bird watching, the ocean, and helping others. Her warm smile and caring attitude contributed to the success of her insurance office. Her nieces and nephews looked forward to her Sunday night home made pizza and chocolate cream pie.

She was an insurance manager for over 30 years, working for Ivester Insurance in North Reading. She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ, attending the Northside Congregation in Jeffersonville. She was active in the HONS (Shriner’s Auxiliary), raising money for the Shriner’s Burn Hospital for children, in Boston.

Visitation will take place from 4 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 6, at the Melrose Church of Christ, 409 Upham St., Melrose, followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery, Elm Street, North Reading.

The family wishes to sincerely thank Kindred Hospice of Jeffersonville, Indiana for their care and support during her final days, especially nurses Dawn and Allie, and CNA Amy. www.croswellfuneralhome.com.