Mary Meinhart

Mary Meinhart of Scranton died Wednesday at VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center after a brief illness. Her husband is Vincent J. Meinhart. The couple would have celebrated 66 years of marriage on Friday.

Born in Scranton on Aug. 28, 1922, daughter of the late John and Mary Evanco Harkovich, she was a member of St. Ann's Basilica, Scranton, educated in Scranton public schools and a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1940. Before retirement, she was employed in the garment industry. After marrying Vincent, she moved to North Scranton and attended St. Stephen's Church. In 1968, she moved to West Scranton to a modest new home that was built by her loving husband, and she was very proud to be living near St. Ann's Basilica.

Mary was a devoted Catholic who often went to church on a daily basis. She never missed an annual St. Ann's Novena since she was a little girl growing up in Scranton's South Side, first going with her mother and then going with her husband and children.

Mary was a kind and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She was known for her generosity and family values, prayer and friendship. There were numerous family events at the Meinhart home, often with ethnic Hungarian and Ukrainian food and desserts. Mary will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Also surviving are two sons, Ronald Meinhart and wife, Jo Ann, Toms River, N.J.; and Richard Meinhart and wife, Karen, Carlisle; four grandchildren, Sarah Walsh, Elizabeth Meinhart, Lauren Meinhart and David Meinhart; two great-grandchildren, Jeremy Walsh and Caleb Meinhart; a brother, George Harkovich, Boise, Idaho; a sister, Helen Hutsko, Scranton; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and John; and one sister, Anna Meinhart.

The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann's St., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Ann's Basilica. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447; or St. Ann's Basilica Parish, 1250 St. Ann's St., Scranton, PA 18504.

Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 7, 2013