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Mary (Pavlus) Marcinco

1915 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Mary (Pavlus) Marcinco, of Fairview Park, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 28, at Starkey Place in Painesville. She died at the "awesome" age of 99!
Her parents were John Pavlus and Anna (Popjak) Pavlus of Hooversville, Pennsylvania. Her father died in an accident before she came into the world on March 19, 1915. She joined her two brothers, George and John, and sister Ann. As time went on, Mary's mother married Steve Gmetro. He took the role of a devoted husband and father, loving and caring for the young family. The moved to Lakewood and added four more children to the family. Steve, Emil, Helen (Hankovsky) and Margaret (Vicko).
At the age of seventeen, Mary went to Brooklyn, New York, and became a governess to two different families while she was living there. On returning to Cleveland, she met John Marcinco at a church function at SS Peter and Paul Lutheran Church in Lakewood. They were married on November 30, 1940. Their daughters, Ellen Marie (Marcinco) Laux of Ashton, Idaho and Marilyn Ann (Marcinco) Kent came along. Mary was a very devoted wife and mother. Her husband, John, passed away on May 30, 1996. Mary worked at the Clown Town Photography Studio, in Lakewood, as a touch up artist in photo processing.
She was an excellent seamstress and unique in her sewing abilities never using a pattern. She was a woman of great faith, love and courage. Serving her Savior through reaching out to family, church members and others with the love, talents and gifts that she was given.
She decided to move to Ashton, Idaho, at the age of 88, to be near her oldest daughter, Ellen, son-in-law Rich, and family. She was able to spend time with grandson, Richard and Charlotte (Waukesha, Washington) with great-grandchildren, Ben, Caleb, Abby and David; granddaughter, Ann and Sean Donahue, (Spokane, Washington) with great-grandchildren, Aaron, Josh, Nathan and Emma; grandson John and Letta (Kimberly, Idaho) with great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jonathan Paul, Sam and Max. Rich and Ellen's youngest son, Tim, died on May 24, 2010. Her presence with Ellen and her family was such a blessing, leaving a lasting legacy.
Mary made a decision to move back to Cleveland in October of 2013 at the age of 98 to be closer to her daughter Marilyn, and son-in-law, Geoff, and to return closer to her home. There she was able to spend time with her grandson, Mark Kent, and his new bride, Jaime (Charlotte, North Carolina). Many family members came to visit her.
She is survived by her youngest sister, Margaret (Paul) Vicko of North Ridgeville and sister-in-law Kay (Emil) Gmetro of Fairview Park. She has many loving nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 14560 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, on Tuesday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. She will be buried beside her loving husband, John, at Elmhurst Cemetery in Avon Lake.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110-2602 or Lakewood Lutheran School, 14560 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107.
In closing, Proverbs 31:30, 31. "Charm can be deceptive and beauty doesn't last, but a woman who fears and reverences God shall be greatly praised. Praise her for the many things she does. These good deeds of hers shall bring honor and recognition." We know that our Lord has welcomed her into His heavenly home and one day we will see her and our loved ones who have gone on ahead and who have put their trust in God alone!
Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home of Painesville, Ohio.
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Published in on Aug. 3, 2014
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