Mary L. Petchel
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Virginia Beach - Mary L. Petchel, 73, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side. She was born on December 1, 1940 to the late William and Martha McGarrity in New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mary was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. She was also a member of Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), the Tidewater Chapter from 1974 to present, occupying various positions such as president and editor-in-chief of the newsletter. Most recently, Mary dedicated her time to Meals on Wheels.
She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years John Stephen Petchel; sons John Patrick Petchel and wife Melanie and their children Robert, John, Sarah, and Charlotte; Brian Kevin Petchel and wife Meja and their children Mark and Kylie (due in September); and Michael David Petchel and wife Katie and their children William and Flynn; daughter Megan Marie Lachman and husband Eric and their children Amanda and Adrienne; brothers Jim and William McGarrity; and sister Anne Marie Herishen.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 6-8pm at Smith and Williams Funeral Home; 4889 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach VA 23462. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10AM at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church; 5345 Virginia Beach, VA 23462. You may offer your condolences at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 22, 2014