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Obituary of Carla Chrzan Sweeney

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Carla Chrzan Sweeney, 76, of 21 Brentwood Drive, Homer, transitioned in the loving embrace of her family on November 7, 2022, following a series of health issues over the past 22 months.

She was born April 23, 1946, in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Walter George Chrzan and Charlotte Houck Chrzan. Carla graduated from Dickinson High School in Jersey City at the top of her class in 1964. She graduated from Cornell University in 1968.

She went on to teach mathematics at Homer Junior High School in Homer, New York, for close to 40 years and was known for helping even the most mathe-phobic students to be successful on state assessments. She retired in 2009.

She is survived by her loving husband Martin A. Sweeney, a daughter Dr. Charlotte (“Lottie”) D. Sweeney of Homer, a son Martin A. Sweeney, Jr. of Endwell, a grandson Martin Seyran Sweeney of Endwell, a brother-in-law Paul (Peg) Sweeney of Homer, and several cousins, family members, dear friends, and caring neighbors.

Carla had a deep respect for all of God’s creatures great and small, in particular whales, turtles, cats, and dogs. She had several cocker spaniels in her lifetime and was a knowledgeable caregiver of the breed. She was the recipient of their unconditional love. She was a devoted mother and took pride in the accomplishments of her children. She valued her privacy and liked to crochet and learn of her family’s genealogy. She especially enjoyed family summer vacations to Cape Cod and a memorable family trip to and from Europe via the QE2. And Christmas was not complete without attending the Lessons and Carols program at Sage Chapel on the Cornell campus.

Carla was predeceased by her parents; a brother Walter G. Chrzan, Jr. of Johnsonburg, New Jersey; a devoted uncle, the Rev. Earl Houck of Spokane, Washington, and her parents-in-law Albert and Dorothy Sweeney.

At Carla’s request, there will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 14 Copeland Ave., Homer where Carla and Martin were married 47 years ago this past August 17. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cortland, next to her father and brother. The funeral will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/donaldlbarberfuneralhome.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Carla’s name be directed to any of the following: Upstate Cancer Center at 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210; the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601; and in particular to Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 North McKinley Avenue, Endicott, NY 13760, whose amazing and compassionate staff cared for Carla during her final weekend.


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