Mary Yonno Potash

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Mary Yonno Potash LEBANON Mary Yonno Potash, 86, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, with her husband, son George, and daughter Pamela, at her side. She was the wife of Dr. George C Potash, whom she married on June 6, 1959. She was born in Edgewater Park, Burlington County, N.J., on August 30, 1927, daughter of the late William Yonno and Esther Congemi. Mary was a registered medical technician, receiving her Registry as a medical technician at Franklin Institute Philadelphia and a Bachelor Degree at West Chester University. While George, her husband, attended The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Mary was the Chief Medical Technician at Children's Hospital, being involved in over 45 kidney transplants in the early days of transplant surgery (1962 - 1966). Mary helped develop methods of taking blood specimens in smaller volumes, as several of her patients were younger. During his graduate eye surgery residency at The Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, George and Mary had two children, George C. Potash, III (oldest) and Pamela S. Potash. After four years of residency the family relocated to Lebanon and remained where George practiced Ophthalmology and taught eye surgery at The Pennsylvania State University Milton Hershey Medical Center. Mary was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, enjoyed attending services on Sunday, and sharing time with friends with whom she had developed close and enduring friendships. She had a great compassion for all animals but her primary focus remained with her own dogs, the most recent being Hunter, her miniature schnauzer. Her greatest love however centered on her grandchildren with whom she spent every opportunity loving and spoiling. Time spent with them provided Mary her happiest moments, as she always displayed an infectious smile that could be seen by anyone within visual proximity. Mary is survived by her husband, Dr. George C. Potash; her son, George C. Potash, III. Esq., an attorney who practices law for a large firm in Philadelphia; her daughter, Pamela S. Potash-Hanford, D.O., a physician at Annville Family Medicine; her son-in-law, Scott Hanford; and her two loving grandchildren, Montgomery and Eliza Hanford. Mary is also survived by her siblings, Grace, Gene, and Rita and their respective families. A private family service was held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery for Mary where she was laid to rest. She will be greatly missed but her memory lives on in the hearts of all whom she touched. (John 3:16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary's name can be made to the Hospice of Good Samaritan Hospital, 203 Hathaway Park, Lebanon, PA 17042 Arrangements Entrusted to Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, Ltd., Lebanon. To share online condolences please visit
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Published in Lebanon Daily News on July 25, 2014
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