Mary M. Urchek
1931 - 2021
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Mary Martha Ridilla Urchek, of Gray Station Road, Blairsville, went to be with the Lord in blessed peace Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. She was born Sunday, Feb. 22, 1931, with the help of midwife, Minny Hacker, for the sum of five dollars. The family well had been dry since fall, and it surprised everyone when Minny drew water from it for the birth. Mary was the daughter of Peter and Mary Kopscak Ridilla, and granddaughter of Peter and Mary Fallat Ridilla. Mary spied Pete Urchek across the room at a local dance, they fell in love, married, became the next "Pete and Mary" and the proud parents of sons, Petey and Dave. From a young age growing up on Ridilla's Nursery near Youngstown, Pa., Mary was an avid gardener, growing countless flowers, vegetables, and fruits, and canned and preserved the bounty. She dried long braids of onions, made gallons of wine, milked cows, farmed, crocheted beautiful afghans, baked breads and pies, and was a friend and neighbor to all. She enjoyed long Sunday drives and her church family. Mary was Carpatho Russian, a devout Orthodox Christian and loved her church, St. Stephen's, which she helped found in 1963. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Urchek; parents; five brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her older brother, Andrew Ridilla (Barb Rullo), of Latrobe; son, Petey and wife, Rebecca (grandchildren, Charlie and Anastasia); son, David and wife, Susan (grandchildren, Jill (Jim) Devlin, Caleb Snyder, Jenna Snyder and great-grandchildren, Alex, Alison and Liam); sister-in-law, Jane Urchek; numerous nieces and nephews; and dozens of cousins. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Special thanks to Dr. Scherer and all of Mary's caregivers. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Third Ave., Derry, where a Panachida service will be conducted at 6 p.m. The Divine Liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's Orthodox Church, Latrobe. Everyone please go directly to the church. Interment will follow at Washington Cemetery, Home, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephen's Orthodox Church, 1520 Susan Drive, Latrobe, PA 15650. Online condolences may be made to

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Published in Tribune Review on Feb. 18, 2021.
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February 22, 2021
Sorry for your loss, Aunt Mary was a wonderful woman she loved her family and her farm and her church. I'm glad we were able to see her this past fall. She will be missed.
Carolyn and John Stouffer
February 20, 2021
Peter and sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. My prays and sympathy to your family.
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