Mary Dougherty Bambrick, of Wilkes-Barre, died Friday morning, September 14, 2012, at home in the presence of her loving family. At the time of her passing, Mary was under the care of Celtic Hospice.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Mary was a daughter of the late Bryan and Catherine Munley Dougherty, who had emigrated from County Mayo Ireland prior to Mary's birth.
She was a member of the 1938 graduating class at St. Leo's High School in Ashley. During World War II, Mary had been employed by Glen Martin Defense Plant in Baltimore Md. She later returned to the area and had been employed by I. Miller Shoe Factory. At the time of her retirement, Mary had been employed as a teacher's aide by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for over twenty years.
Mary will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother
She was a member of Holy Saviour Church, St. Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes-Barre.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her six brothers, Bernard, Joseph, James, Leo, Terrance and Gerald Dougherty.
Surviving are her husband, Robert, with whom she would have celebrated 63 years of marriage on November 12; sister, Kathleen Shannon, Houston Texas; daughters, Cathy and her husband, John Kratz , Ashley, Molly and her husband, Dennis Bieryla, Plains Township, Eileen and her husband, Jim Brislin, Wilkes-Barre, Betty and her husband, Joe Keating, Hanover Township; grandchildren, Maura Banford, John and Patrick Kratz, Ann O'Donnell, Dennis and Katie Bieryla, Jay Brislin, Brian and Bridget Keating; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Mary Kate Banford, Emma and Molly Kratz, Nora O'Donnell, Joseph and Emily Bieryla, Drew and Addison Keating.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 8:45 a.m. from McLaughlin – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Saviour Church, 54 Hillard St. Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andre Bessette Parish or to the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen. Permanent messages and memories may be shared with the Bambrick family at www.celebrateherlife.com.
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 16, 2012