GLORIA "DENISE" ACCETTULLA
Age 84, began her eternal life with Jesus Christ on Friday, July 21, 2017. Born in Meriden, CT, to Sheldon and Lillian (Smith) Wheaton, longtime resident of Swissvale, most recently of Plum. Devoted wife of the late Regis J. Accettulla; cherished mom of Sharon Rogel (late Frank) of Shaler, Keith (Bernice) of Plum, and Kevin (Lisa Schunk) of Penn Twp. Survived by brother, Willard Wheaton of Donaldson, AR. Predeceased by brothers, Claude, Carl (Skip), and Frances Wheaton; and by sisters, Joan Trezise, Dorothy Albright, and Patricia Reichart. Also survived by her very special sister-in-law, Janice Wheaton of CT. Also survived by grandchildren, William, Joseph, and Regis Rogel, Marcy Rogel Anthony, Kevin, Ryan, Mark, Connor, Devon, and Bailey Accettulla; great- grandmother of Aiden, Ava, and Cara Anthony, and Nathan and Catherine Rogel. And between the Accettulla and Wheaton families, 32 nieces and nephews. A grateful woman who lived a good life. As all of her siblings, Denise did not let being orphaned as a child turn her heart bitter. Instead, it turned her heart to God. She is now basking in His glory for eternity, with her beloved family. From her involvement in Swissvale in Cub Scouts, Little League, school functions with her children, she was a true "neighborhood Mom". Her house was always open to anyone, her ears always willing to listen to anyone. A smile greeted everyone at the Edgewood Open Pantry store that she and her husband, Rege, owned and operated for years. As a senior citizen, Denise volunteered at the Plum Senior Center, the Plum Food Pantry, but her favorite activity was volunteering to read to the students at Adlai Stevenson Elementary School in Plum, where she was known as "Grandma Denise". To our "Mansion Place" neighbors, she loved you all and was thankful for the friendship and good life you helped her live. From being orphaned to now resting in the arms of our Lord, our Mom's journey is complete. Well done, thy good and faithful servant. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their loving care. To honor Denise's wishes, there will be no viewing. A Memorial Gathering on Friday, July 28, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington St., Swissvale. Prayer Service at funeral home Friday, July 28, 2017, at 1 p.m. Luncheon to follow.