Mary Friel

Feb. 21, 2013

Mary Friel, 96, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at ManorCare Health Services, Kingston.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 26, 1916, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Horvath Sipos. Mary was formerly employed in the area garment industry, having worked at Val's Sportswear and Margie Kay's in Wilkes-Barre. She was a longtime member of Holy Saviour Church and its Altar and Rosary Society in Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Friel, 1988; brother, Andrew Sipos; and sisters, Elizabeth Papciak, Helen Fugok and Anna Uravage.

Surviving are her sons, Edmund Friel, Dover, N.J., Joseph Friel, San Diego, and James Friel, Salem, N.H.; daughter, Marilyn Horn, Florida; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10:30 a.m. in St. Andre Bessette Parish at Holy Saviour Church, 54 Hillard St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call on Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Mary's obituary at

Published in Times Leader on Feb. 23, 2013