Mary Jean Bak died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain.
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She was born in Lorain and lived in that city until 1973 when she and her family moved to Amherst. She attended Holy Trinity School and Lorain public schools, graduating from Lorain High School in June 1946. She also attended Lorain Business College.
After graduation, she was employed by T. Edward McNamara & Associates Insurance Adjusters, Cleveland; The Land Title Guarantee & Trust Company, Cleveland; The Dingle-Clark Company, Cleveland; and the National Tube Company, Lorain Works. She worked for the latter firm in the billing bureau until just prior to the birth of her first child.
She was a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lorain, and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, St. Ann's Branch 114.
She enjoyed gardening, reading, drawing and painting, collecting salt and pepper shakers, and studying Native American culture and birds.
Survivors include her sons, Philip (Angela) of Amherst Township and Daniel (Lora) of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and grandchildren Sarah, Matthew, Maria, and Anna.
She was preceded in death by Edmund, her husband of 42 years; her parents, Adolph and Anna (nee Sonoga) Stigel; and sisters Anne Klein and Dorothy Armstrong.
Closing prayers were held at the funeral home on Wednesday, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at Nativity BVM Church with Fr. Robert Glepko officiating and deacon Robert Dybo assisting.
Christian burial services were held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.
Memorial donations may be made to Nativity BVM Parish in Lorain.
Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Amherst News-Times on Sept. 5, 2013