Mary C. Hauck

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Mary Catherine Yerkes Frederick Hauck, 84, of Mount Airy, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at home, in her sleep, from lung cancer caused by radon exposure.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Catherine Yerkes. She was the wife of Andrew Lester Hauck.

She graduated from Moore College of Art and became a textile designer. She then attended William and Mary College, and became a certified occupational therapist. She traveled widely with her family to Japan, Guam and Okinawa before eventually settling in Maryland. She was a supervisor at Crownsville State Hospital Center and at Springfield State Hospital Center, where she rose to the position of supervisor of the Geriatric Unit before retiring. She and her husband delivered meals to the sick and elderly for Meals on Wheels.

She was called "Mom" by her daughters and her stepchildren, and by many of her children's friends also. She was known to take pride in her family and their accomplishments. She was a spiritual person who enjoyed nature. She was of Scottish ancestry and was the keeper of family memories and stories.

She was a watercolor artist and pianist, who enjoyed reading, flower arranging, collecting recipes, cooking and baking for others, and bird watching. Prior to getting cancer a year ago, she was active and healthy. In the fall of 2011, at age 83, she walked a 5K with her family. She never smoked and was known for her healthy lifestyle, preferring whole grains and organic products while avoiding fried or processed foods long before that diet was popular.

Upon realizing that her cancer was the result of radon exposure, she wanted everyone to be aware of radon and available testing kits. She and her family began a radon awareness campaign called Mary's Mission, and locally designed awareness posters have been placed in businesses in Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties in Maryland.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are daughters and sons-in-law MaryLou and Thomas Mark Grimm, and Cathy Lee and Thomas Anthony Frederick-Bittner, from her marriage to Louis Edward Frederick; grandchildren Nicole Jeanette Weersing and husband Brian, Leandra Ashley Grimm, Brittany Lauren Grimm, Eliot Anton Frederick-Bittner, Evan Thomas Frederick-Bittner, and Edward Stanley Frederick-Bittner; great-granddaughters Mary and Lucy Weersing; a brother, Frank "Bus" Yerkes; and stepchildren and their families Brian and Kathleen Hauck, Randy and Patty Hauck, and their children Holly and Becca, and Beau and Vicky Seidel.

She was predeceased by sisters Isabella Koerner and Janet Harper; and a brother, Alex Yerkes.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 16151 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Mary Hauck Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 27, Dayton, MD, 21036. Donations from this fund will be used to establish and maintain the website, produce additional awareness posters and other materials, and host radon awareness events.

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Published in Carroll County Times on June 18, 2013
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