Mary C. Stivala, 83, of Scranton, died peacefully Friday afternoon at Geisinger Community Medical Center. Her husband of 64 years is John L. Stivala Jr.
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Born July 1, 1930, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Florentino and Mary Garcia Alvarez, Mary worked as a retail bookkeeper for several years until she established her own business, Tri-State Uniforms and Awards, which she owned and operated for more than 40 years. She was a very talented woman, and was a quite capable seamstress and designer. She was fond of crocheting and cross-stitch crafts as well. Above all, Mary loved her family, especially her grandchildren and her many shopping excursions she shared with them. Christmas was a very special time for Mary; she loved angels and Santa Claus. She will be remembered for making "Santa-bags" for each of her grandchildren and continued the tradition into their adulthood. Mary was a remarkable woman and will be missed by the many people who loved her.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Scranton Manor for providing wonderful and loving care to Mary during these past years. The family would also like to thank the staff at the VNA Hospice at Geisenger Community Medical Center for providing comfort in Mary's last hours.
She is also survived by four children, John L. Stivala III and wife, Beth, Pittsburgh; Sheila M. Layo, Martin F. Stivala and wife, Marianne; and Mark D. Stivala and companion, Alisha, all of Scranton; eight grandchildren, John Stivala IV, Tracey Stivala, William J. Layo; Raymond N. Layo and wife, Adrienne; Lisa M. Beebe and husband, Meade; Daniel A. Layo, M.J. Stivala and Pia Mary Stivala; two great-grandchildren, Colin and Kendall Layo; and two sisters, Sylvia Galilei and husband, Fred; and Theresa Spahr and husband, Larry.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. John Neuman Roman Catholic Church, 633 Orchard St., Scranton. The family respectfully requests that no flowers be sent. Arrangements by Jenkins Funeral Home, 269 Belmont St., Waymart.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Pennsylvania, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Jenkins Funeral Home
269 Belmont Street
Waymart, PA 18472
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 12, 2014