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Mary Bock Jung

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Mary Bock Jung

AGE: 87 • Wilmington

Mary Bock Jung, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully at home Saturday, July 16, 2016.

Mary was born to Ark Bock and Sue Chew Bock on April 24th, 1929 in Baltimore, MD. She was their fourth child.

Mary attended and graduated from Eastern High School in 1947. She attended and graduated from University of MD. in 1951 where she majored in Home Economics. She married Dr. Shee Lup Jung on August 3rd, 1952 at Grace and St. Peter's Church in Baltimore. They were married for more than 62 years.

Mary had three brothers who teased her mercilessly while she was growing up. She was always a sweet, kind, and loyal sister to her big brothers and a devoted daughter to her parents. After she graduated from high school, everyone was surprised when she was called to the stage to receive an award for perfect attendance and punctuality during her entire school career. No one was more surprised than Mary. She was so responsible and dedicated to her studies that she had not noticed that she never missed a day or never was late. Afterwards, family always joked that Mary had a record that no one could beat.

Mary and Lup raised two children in Green Acres, North Wilmington. They graciously entertained family, friends and guests in their home with their magical celebrations of food, and were always ready to set an extra table whether in the kitchen, the living room, or their beautiful garden. Mary also organized Easter parties where kids could hit a piñata, hunt for Easter eggs, and play games. She designed lavish arrangements from their flower gardens, rang a cow bell to start the egg hunt, organized the three-legged race and egg-in-the-spoon race, and made sure that every child received a chocolate bunny and Easter basket.

Mary worked for DuPont as a shorthand clerk for several years, but it was Mary's idea to create Jung's Inc. that people remember most. Mary and Lup were life-long collectors of Fine Oriental Arts. In 1975, Mary helped turn their passion and love into a business at their home in Green Acres. In 1979, they moved their business to the city of Wilmington where people could learn, browse and purchase art pieces. Mary managed the inventory, assisted customers and handled the marketing. She would setup a display window at the Hotel DuPont with eclectic seasonal items. This window was outside the world famous Green Room where people could see fine pieces from the Jung's gallery!

Every fall, Mary and Lup would host an Open House on their front porch for customers and friends. Lup would prepare sandwiches, almond float and other Asian treats and special delicacies. After 30 years of educating, delighting, and inspiring visitors, they closed the gallery in 2005, retired and moved only a few blocks away.

Mary and Lup pursued their passions to the fullest, served others, created a wonderful family, and achieved a lasting legacy.

Mary was pre-deceased by her husband, Lup, December 26th, 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Maria Jung Persak (Paul); son, Spencer, and two grandchildren, Michael and Carl. She is also survived by one brother, who resides in Seattle, WA. numerous cousins and relatives throughout the US.

Mary was privately buried next to her husband in Lower Brandywine Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations, in Mary's memory, may be sent to her favorite charity: The . 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311
Published in The News Journal on July 31, 2016
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