Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother Age 92, born August 24, 1920 in Poland. Mary was almost one year of age when her older brother Walter and mother, Victoria Kala, arrived at Ellis Island and then on to Erie to join their father, Vincent, who was employed at Hammermill and awaiting his wife and children in their new country. Mary was a wonderful, caring, kind and generous person. She deeply loved her family and grandchildren and always had time for everyone. Mary will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor, her knack for brightening up everyone's day and her gift of conversation. Mary retired after many years of employment at the General Telephone Company. She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Leo, brother, Walter and sister-in-law Frances, sisters, Helen Matulevich, Sophie Thieman and brother-in-law George. Mary will be deeply missed by her daughters and son-in-laws, Dolores & Tony Ball, Apple Valley, Minn. and Vicki & Michael Barko of Erie, Pa. Six grandchildren, Leon Ball (Kari) Minneapolis, Minn., Darlene Ball, Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Ball (Antoinette), Livingston Manor, N.Y., Christopher Ball (Gabriela), Eagan, Minn., Nicholas Barko, Los Angeles, Calif., JuliannaBarko (fiancé Phillip Haddix), Erie, Pa. Six great-grandchildren, Anthony, Dominic, Porter, Emily, Frances, Alexa Ball, brother Joseph Kala (Nancy) and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the wonderful, caring staff at ForestView Skilled Nursing Facility for all the care and support they provided for Mary over the years and to VNA Hospice Services of Erie County for the comfort and care Mary received during her final days. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc. 5000 Wattsburg Rd. Erie, 16504 on Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m., and are invited to a prayer service there on Monday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 p.m. at St. George's Catholic Church. Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family in Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation 130 West 8th St. Erie, PA 16501, or The Second Harvest Food Bank 1507 Grimm Dr. Erie, PA 16501. Please visit www.schmidtfuneralhomeerie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
Published in the Erie Times-News on October 6, 2012