Mary Young, 92, passed away on Sunday, November 24th, 2013, after a brief illness. Mary was a long-time Pico Rivera resident, having moved there with her husband Bob in 1953. She most recently lived in La Habra.
Mary was born on the family farm near Axtell, NE, on September 15, 1921, to Grace and Richard Shanahan. She was the first of 5 children. She attended a one-room school house and then high school in Kearney, NE, where she met her future husband Bob. Bob preceded her in death in 1991.
Mary was a founding member of St. Hilary's Catholic Church and active there in the Perpetual Adoration Society, as well as the school, where her children attended. Mary raised 6 kids and in later years she also worked part-time at Rio Hondo College helping register students. She was also a member of the Pio Pico Women's Club.
Mary is survived by 5 of her 6 children: Carolyn Lincavage, of Richmond, KY; Judy Willis (Mike), of Whittier; Tom (Val), of Whittier; John (Angela), of Hacienda Heights; and Jim (Rochelle), of La Habra. Son Doug (Suzi) preceded her in death in 2000, as did son-in-law Tom Lincavage in 2012. She is also survived by her sister Helen Strasburger (Dave) of Broomfield, CO; her sister-in-law Detta Shanahan of Axtell, NE; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Rosary vigil will be held on Wednesday, December 4th, at 7pm, and funeral Mass on Thursday, December 5th, at 10am. Both will be held at St. Bruno's Catholic Church in Whittier. White-Emerson Funeral Home, Whittier.