Mary Catherine Hape, 82, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Saturday under Commonwealth Hospice care at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hape, on Oct. 21, 1975.
Born on May 1, 1930, daughter of the late William and Tessie Demkowich, Mary Catherine was a graduate of West Scranton High School, class of 1948.
She had devoted her life to her family, especially her greatest joys, her children and grandchildren. An extraordinary woman and an amazing spirit, Mary Catherine was welcomed into heaven on Saturday evening, passing away surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy illness. God now has her in his arms; however, she'll forever remain in her family's hearts.
Her family would like to acknowledge the doctors, nurses and staff of the Regional Hospital of Scranton and Moses Taylor Hospital, Dr. Joseph Grecco and staff, the Ferrit family of Old Forge, Green Ridge Nursing Home, her dear friends from Telespond, and to the angels of Commonwealth Hospice, who in their own special ways, guided her and her family through her final journey with dignity and peace.
She is survived by four children, a son and caregiver, William, with whom she resided; daughters, Karen Salzmann and husband, Danny; Gretchen Hosko and husband, Jeff; and Christine Hape; a sister, Jeanne Thomas; a sisters-in-law, June Demko, who was also her best friend; and Barbara Demkowich; beloved grandchildren, Jamie Hape, Danny, Tessa and Taylor Salzmann; Dillon and Natasha Hosko; nieces and nephews, Steven, David, John, Beverly, Andrew, Janice, Walter, Laurie and Allen.
Also preceding her in death were brothers, Anthony, Joseph, Walter, Edward, John and William; and a sister, Evelyn.
Private arrangements are entrusted to Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, her family is asking for everyone to do a random act of kindness in her memory.
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