Carol Kercel, 68, of Homer City, passed away unexpectedly at her home. She was born in Fratrovac, Croatia, in 1951 as Dragica Mrljak, daughter Ivan and Kata Mrljak.
After the untimely death of her mother, she came to the USA to be raised by her mother’s sister, Mary Kercel and her husband Pete. Shortly afterward her brother Janko (John) joined her and both were lovingly raised by their aunt and uncle. Both of them were adopted and took the Kercel name. Carol was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.
She is survived by her sister, Slava Luksic; brother John (Carrie); nieces Dana and Draga Luksic, Mirjana Mrljak, and Dragica Mravunac, of Croatia; and nephew Ivan Mrljak, of Serbia.
Carol was preceded in death by her biological parents, Ivan and Kata Mrljak; Mary and Pete Kercel; and brothers Nikola and Rudolf.
Friends will be received on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Homer City. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Lucernemines Site.
Interment will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery, Indiana.
Due to the current pandemic, we are asking family and friends to please wear a mask.