Mary R. Ruane

Mary R. Ruane, 97, of the Minooka section of Scranton, died Friday at Scranton Health Care Center in Minooka.

Born in Minooka, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Ann Cusick Grogan. She attended Minooka High School and was employed at Capitol Records for 25 years. She also worked the polls on election day well into her 90s. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and was the chairwoman of the annual picnic for four years.

Mary was a vibrant woman with a heart of gold and a personality that could light up a room in moments. She was a lover of baseball and family alike, but a true hater of the men in blue, the umpires of the game of baseball. Passion and pride poured from her eyes when her grandson and great-grandsons ran on the diamond. Her cheers are still echoing at Connell Park. Remembered by all and still feared by umps, you will be missed so much; we love you, Jake.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Minora and the staff at Scranton Health Care Center for the kindness, care and compassion for Mary throughout her illness.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Buckley, Minooka; a grandson, Timothy Buckley and wife, Rose, Minooka; three great-grandchildren, Corey Buckley, Minooka; Tyler Buckley, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.; and Brittany Buckley, Minooka; two sisters, Gladys MacDonald, Scranton; and Mildred Sparacino, Minooka; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry Ruane; two sisters, Celestine Heston and Dorothy Corbett; and four brothers, Leo, Peter, Frank and Patrick Grogan.

The funeral will be Tuesday from the Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church at Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, concelebrated by the Rev. Francis Pauselli, pastor, and the Rev. John Lapera. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Minooka. The family requests that those attending the funeral on Tuesday proceed directly to the church.

Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, PA 18505.

Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 17, 2013