Mary D. Arruzzo, 88, of Hanover Township, was welcomed home by the Lord on June 20, 2013, at Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre.
She was born in Kelayres, Pa., on June 22, 1924, a daughter of the late Bruno and Beatrice Fudge. She was a graduate of Hazleton High School. Mary married the love her life, Fred Arruzzo, on June 7, 1947, and together they spent 37 wonderful years until his passing on Oct. 31, 1984.
Mary worked for Pioneer Manufacturing for several years. Along with her husband, Fred, she was a proprietor of the former F & M Market on North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre for 20 years.
Mary was a member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of the St. Robert Bellarmine Senior Citizens Club. Mary was a volunteer at the former Mercy Hospital for 25 years and a volunteer at the Little Flower Manor in Wilkes-Barre.
She was an avid Penn State fan, watching all the Penn State football games and enjoying every moment. She was noted for her Italian cooking, especially her meatballs.
She will be greatly missed by her family, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Arruzzo, in 1984; her brother, Anthony Fudge; sisters, Rose Beekhuysen and Mildred Segon.
She is survived by daughters, Mary Ann Pantelakos and her husband, Deno, Dallas, and Dolores Emmett, Hanover Township, with whom she resided; grandchildren, Dena Stires, Lisa Walsh, Nichole Furson and Fred Emmett; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Kevin Emmet, Braden Walsh; sister, Rita Kopashy, Hazleton; several nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Dr. Cynthia Solomon, Dr. Javid Amini, Dr. Jon Olenginski, Dr. David Maulleom and the staff members of the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital; the John Heinz Rehabilitation Center; Birchwood Nursing Center; Kindred Hospital; Little Flower Manor and St. Luke's Villa for their exceptional care and kindness.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, Barney and Division streets, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary's name to the
, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 103, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or to the American Red Cross, 256 N. Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Mary's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.