Mary A. Kozicki

Mary A. Kozicki, 92, a resident of Ashley, passed away Monday evening, Dec. 10, 2012, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Her beloved husband was the late John Kozicki, who passed away Oct. 19, 1983. Together, John and Mary shared 43 years of marriage.

Born Sept. 7, 1920, in Pottsville, Mary was the daughter of the late Stephen and Eva Treschak Demchak.

Mary was raised in Plymouth and had resided in Ashley for more than 60 years.

Prior to her retirement, Mary was employed by the local garment industry.

Mary was a faithful Catholic and longtime member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre.

A woman of many enjoyments, Mary loved to read the newspaper, especially the comic sections. Mary also enjoyed spending time with her very special granddaughter, Erika, and her very special great-granddaughter, Lauren, with whom Mary loved to play bingo.

Mary was caring and loving toward everyone. She always remembered her friends and neighbors on their birthdays with a card, a call or just a kind word. Her graces of thoughtfulness, compassion and kindness inspired many.

Her presence will be greatly missed but she will always be remembered for the difference she made in so many lives and for touching so many people with her great big heart!

In time, the sadness will fade and disappear only to be replaced by sweet memories echoing in our minds. We will smile when we remember her and we will allow warm thoughts to flood our souls. When we are sad, we will just look for her, as she will be only a memory away.

The Kozicki family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Joseph Radzwilka and also to Mary's special nurses, Mary Ellen, Sandy and Carol, from Celtic Home Health. Additionally, the family would like to thank the Podiatry Associates of Kingston, the Bureau of the Aging, the Center for Independent Living, Home Mobility Solutions and her special neighbors for all helping her in her time of need.

In addition to her parents, Stephen and Eva Demchak, and her husband, John, Mary was preceded in death by her sons, John, Edward and Joseph Kozicki; her brother, Joseph Demchak; and her sister, Katherine Pstrak.

Mary is survived by her daughters, JoAnn Kozicki, who was her caregiver and with whom she resided; and Evelyn Smith and her husband, Daniel, Hazlet, N.J.; her seven grandchildren; her six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Salem.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. John S. Terry, her pastor, officiating.

Those who are attending the funeral are kindly asked to assemble directly at the church, as there will be no procession from the funeral home.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Joseph L. Wroblewski Funeral Home, 56 Ashley St., Ashley.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Dec. 12, 2012