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Mary Dalton Hannold went to be with the Lord and to reunite with the love of her life, Edwin L. Hannold, Sr. who she never stopped loving and missing since his death in 1997.
She was born on October 27, 1925 to Ruth and Park Dalton in James City, Pa. She was a graduate of Kane High School in 1943. She lived and grew up in James City. After her father's untimely death from lung cancer at age 55, she worked alongside her mother who was the James City Post Master. This is where she met what would become her future husband. Cigarettes were rationed during World War II and mom had to refuse selling them to him because he wasn't one of their regular customers. Oldest of five children, she played piano where she was in a local band, "Ray Barnet" who played at the Elks Club
, Eagles Club, and many agendas. Dad saw her playing one night at a local club and decided she was to be his. Married February 26, 1949, their son, Edwin L. Hannold, Jr., was born January 18, 1950. Edwin Senior's long haul truck driving job for Jones Motors brought them to Erie from Kane, Pa. in 1969. They resided in Millcreek Township. She was a homemaker until 1982 when she took a position as a cashier at IGA Grocers which later became Brown Brothers. She also cashiered at Loblaw's on Legion Rd. Her customers all loved her. After her husband's retirement, they rented a 32 foot travel trailer and went on a two month excursion from Erie to California. In their 48 years together, they were the greatest example of what "True Love" really is. She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Seniors Group and Our Lady of Peace Church where she was on the cleaning committee for many years. She said her daily prayers which included a prayer list of people a mile long. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and granddaughters, but it was her great-granddaughter, Brea Walker, who challenged her skills and patience by beating her most times. She also worked the crosswords in the daily paper, loved music, and a good glass of wine or cold beer. Cookies were a must! especially crunchy chocolate chips. She loved her family and friends unconditionally and always had an encouraging word followed by a warm hug. They will miss her sense of humor, her poetic masterpieces, the surprise raw egg tosses in her kitchen, fresh baked cookies, pies and cakes, her witchy poo imitation, the traditional yearly trips to James City/Kane for her birthday, her way of making family get-togethers so much fun and how she made the littlest things seem so special. Dalton family reunions will never be the same without the Dalton Sisters Trio. The Dalton Reunion scheduled for this August 24th just could not go on without her. After triple bypass surgery in 2009, her granddaughter, Michelle Hannold Gonda, nursed her back to health for which we will always be grateful and at 87, she was still jumping up and clicking her heels which never failed to scare the heck out of us. She also still walked her best buddy, Spike, twice a day. She was an amazing woman. The world has lost a true angel.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Ruth and Park Dalton; her husband of 48 years, Edwin L. Hannold, Sr. in 1997; two brothers, Donald (Rev.) Dalton and Clair (Cano) Dalton; infant great-grandson, Cole Alexander Walker; and step-grandson, Patrick Papale.
She is survived by two sisters; Alice Dalton Tomasone (Chuck) and Doris Dalton Bostjancic (Frank); a son, Edwin L. Hannold, Jr. (Bonnie Kifer); three grandchildren: Michelle Hannold Gonda (Kris), Jenelle Hannold Walker (John), Matthew Hannold (Jennifer Bailey); nine great-grandchildren: Brett, Luke, Jacob, Brady Gonda, Brea, Isabella, Sophia, and Bentley Walker and Conner Hannold; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd. on Sunday (today) from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. and are invited there on Monday for prayers at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Peace at 10:30 a.m. Interment Erie County Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Northwestern PA, 2507 Zimmerly Rd., Erie, PA 16506.
Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home
4216 Sterrettania Road Erie, PA 16506
Published in the Erie Times-News on Aug. 25, 2013