Mary Elizabeth Schival Pitcavage

Mary Elizabeth Schival Pitcavage

Mary Elizabeth Schival Pitcavage, departed this life on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, after living with advanced Alzheimer's Disease for the last several years.

Her memory is cherished by her husband, Leonard E. Pitcavage, of 54 years: and daughters and son-in-laws, Donna D. and Daniel Haley, and Gail A. and Edward Ponce: and grandsons, Kyle J. Haley, Kevin A. Haley, Alex E. Ponce and Hunter D. Ponce, all of Troutville, Virginia.

Mary Elizabeth was born December 22, 1933 In Philadelphia, Pa. and was raised by her father, Joseph N.Schival Sr., and mother, Mary Shimony Schival, with her brother Joseph N. Schival Jr: all predeceased. She married Leonard on April 23, 1960 and later moved to Claymont, Delaware. Mary worked as a secretary at the Concord Pike Library, taking time off to raise her girls, then worked up to Criminal Deputy of the Prothonotary for the State of Delaware. She Modeled a strong work ethic, while balancing time to enjoy family and friends, visiting and celebrating many milestones throughout the years. She always made the Christmas holidays special and hosted many gatherings focused on family anf special friends. She was member of the Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxillary.

From the magic of Disney to the mysteries of Egypt's Tut, Mary Elizabeth shared her love of travel with her grandsons, they were the focus of her photography hobby and the joys of her life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:00noon at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3200 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703, where friends may visit with the family from 10:30am until 11:45am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

Donations to are appreciated: especially those supporting diabetes, cancer, alzheimers and canine concerns.

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Published in The News Journal on July 31, 2014