Clara J. Cannon

Clara J. Cannon, 85, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of North St. Marys Street, St. Marys, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at Elk Haven following a lengthy illness. She was born March 28, 1926 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Wilfred C. and Lucinda Burns Nelson. She was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Mary's Schools. She was a former employee of Stackpole Carbon Corp. and was a former custodian at Fox Twp. and South St. Marys Street Elementary Schools.On November 7, 1958 in Arlington, VA, she married Robert C. Cannon who preceded her in death on March 12, 1985.She is survived by three sons, Robert S. Cannon (Rita) of Orange, Mass., Mark V. Cannon of St. Marys, Michael J. Cannon (Carla) of St. Marys; a sister, Doris Tettis (James) of St. Marys; and by nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilfred S. Nelson and, in childhood, Ronald Nelson.Mrs. Cannon was a member of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, was a member of the peer program at the Adult Day Center, was a Communion Steward, and loved to paint.Funeral services will be held in the United Methodist Church on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Chris Kindle officiating. Burial will follow in the Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Adult Day Center, c/o the Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857, or to the Elk Haven Nursing Home, 785 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857. Online condolences may be offered at