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Obituary for Mary Petrocik

April 15, 2020
Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania

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Mary Petrocik was born in 1927 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania and died on April 15th at the age of 92. She was the daughter of Michael and Anna Petrocik, niece to her beloved Cetka, sister to Michael, Stephen, and Joseph, all predeceased. She was also aunt to Susan Fisher, Patricia Ryan, Rosemarie DiCicco, Mark Petrocik, Barbara Lessard ,Michael Petrocik, Regina Broden, and Anne Reich and great aunt to 19 great nieces and nephews as well as 16 great great nieces and nephews. Mary resided in New York CIty for most of her adult life recently moving to Philadelphia.

Mary was always "Aunt Mary" to me. As a child, she was the cosmopolitan aunt who lived in Manhattan, attended plays and concerts, and worked for executives in big companies. She was always dressed in a very refined classic style and she spoke very precisely in a sweet voice. She seemed to think everyone she met was lovely and exotic. Back then her world seemed so different from our more ordinary existence

No one would have guessed that she grew up in a coal mining town speaking Slovak or that she had to create her own playthings including her infamous paper dolls. Mary loved to tell us that her first earnings were from the sale of these paper dolls (with multiple outfits) created for her friends. Anyone who has spent some time with her knows that story along with many other tales of life in Mahanoy City with her family and particularly Cetka, her aunt. Mary was devoted to Cetka throughout her life, often enduring long bus rides from New York to be with and, in the end, care for her. Another person that Mary felt responsible for was her youngest brother, Joe. They lived in Manhattan In the same building and she never stopped looking out for him even when he was in his 80's and she in her 90's

It was a long bus ride which also took her to visit us often, even after her brother MIke, my dad, was gone. Family was important to Mary as was her work. She was very dedicated, once complaining to my mom about the other typists and secretaries who would go home when work hours were completed even when they still had work to be done. Mary always felt it was her responsibility to finish everything, often staying long into the evening.

In her last years, Mary remained the same refined sweet person. She had always been a generous person, giving of her time, money and possessions. Sometimes she even paid for a cab ride to Goodwill to drop off her many donations. Books became her greatest joy and we struggled to keep the supply up as she poured through them.

In the end, what I will hold onto is Mary's gentle voice, her face wrinkled up into a smile, her always polished look. She introduced us to many things: Broadway plays, Central Park, Times Square, and one of my favorites, chopped peanuts on ice cream sundaes. I will miss her.

Mary Petrocik born in 1927 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania died on April 15th at the age of 92. She was the daughter of Michael and Anna Petrocik, niece to her beloved Cetka, sister to Michael, Stephen, and Joseph, all predeceased. She was also aunt to Susan Fisher, Patricia Ryan, Rosemarie DiCicco, Mark Petrocik, Barbara Lessard ,Michael Petrocik, Regina Broden, and Anne Reich and great aunt to 19 great nieces and nephews as well as 16 great great nieces and nephews. Mary resided in New York CIty for most of her adult life recently moving to Philadelphia. She worked as an executive secretary for many years, enjoyed reading, and visits from family

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