Mary Mrkus

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Mrkus, Mary

Mary Mrkus (Mana) was reunited with her family in Heaven, Tuesday afternoon, November 6, 2012, due to complications from Congestive Heart Failure. She was 89 years old and would have celebrated her 90th birthday on December 4th. Mary was predeceased by her parents, Stephen, Sr. and Mary Mrkus; cherished sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Michael Tomik; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Isabel Mrkus; brothers, John and Steve Mrkus, Jr.; sister-in-law, Louise Mrkus; nephew, Gary Mrkus. Mary is survived by her nieces and nephew, Linda Spatol, Karin Cooper, Michelle Locke, Maria (Vince) Vail, Michael (Gretchen) Tomik, with whom Mary resided, Lisa Riso, Maryann (Gary) Howard; great nieces and nephews, Robert Cooper, Ian Locke, Rebekah (Kevin) DeMassio, Vincent and Thomas Vail, Lillian Tomik, Vincent, Madison and Jack Riso, Kimberly Dwyer and Scott Howard; great-great nephews and niece, Christopher Cooper, Olivia DeMassio, Logan and Gavin Dwyer; and other relatives in the United States and Czechoslovakia. Mary retired from Endicott-Johnson Corporation as an executive secretary after 45 years of service. She was instrumental in the EJ 30 year club organizing many of its functions, an officer of the CSA Lodge #450 currently holding the position of Treasurer, a longtime contributor to the CSA Journal as well as a correspondent, a volunteer at the Catholic Charities Food Pantry, a founding member of the Broome County Ethnic Festival and taught ceramics for many years in her home. A lifelong "Bachelorette", Mary traveled to many parts of the world and organized countless trips with friends, family and co-workers. She was an accomplished bowler, enjoyed playing golf and softball and rooting for the Yankees and Syracuse Basketball team every year. Mary loved to cook and bake for the holidays and looked forward to the family gatherings at her home. But above all, Mary enjoyed being a second Mother to "Lilly's kids" and watched over us, encouraged us and loved us unconditionally. Mana, we will miss having you in our lives more than words can say. Mary was a devoted member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and enjoyed the opportunity to chat with Father Charles before mass on occasion. The family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. James Holler, Dr. Nicholas Stamato, Kristen Lewis and Lourdes Hospice for their exceptional care, to Sheila Thompson for keeping Mary beautiful and especially Gretchen Tomik for the loving compassionate care she provided to Mana over the years as her caregiver, companion and friend. Funeral services will be held Saturday 9:00 a.m. at the Leon Pucedo Funeral Home, Inc., 1905 Watson Blvd., Endicott and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church where a funeral mass will be held. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the Pucedo Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to either Lourdes Hospice, 4102 Vestal Rd., Vestal, NY 13850 or St. Joseph's Church Building Fund, 207 Hayes Ave., Endicott, NY 13760.

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Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2012
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