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Mary was born May 27, 1925 in Providence, Rhode Island to Fred and Alice Berchem. She passed away October 12, 2013 in Mesa Arizona. Her parents and siblings Helen, Robert, Alice and James are all deceased. She is survived by her niece Helen Bretz, her nephew Richard Monroe and both their families. She spent her summers in her home at Lake Winnipesaukee New Hampshire. In the winters she lived in Windsor Park, Mesa, Arizona. Mary will be missed for her feisty humor, enduring love of lobster, crab and for being a totally independent Irish Yankee right till the end. Her favorite songs were "On Eagle Wings" and "Ave Maria". Her final resting place will be in Providence, Rhode Island near her parents.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 20, 2013