100 years 6 months and hardly a second wasted. Mary was a girl on the move. You’d recognize her from her huge smile, her very familiar hat matched perfectly to her outfits and the little frog attached to her back. Always a spitfire, Mary didn’t need an alarm system. In her 90’s someone broke into her home, he hightailed it out of there when she told him to beat it. She was an 80 year member of St. Joseph’s Church where she was active in the Altar and Rosary Society and supplied jokes to the priests. She was always game for a trip with Thompson Tours and Logan Twp. Seniors where she was the life of the party: Mary’s laughter and singing were contagious. Many a stray cat found its way into her heart, she couldn’t help but care for them. She went to the Ocean City beach every summer, but was always certain to have one of the boys escort her into the water. Tuesdays were always for shopping and socializing at Cowtown.
A young Mary Stirbis attended a dance at Clementon Lake Park. The handsome Angelo swept her off of her feet. Her family asked Mary what he did for a living: “Who cares? He is a great dancer.” Before his death they’d be blessed with three children, Joseph (Deborah), Michael (Lois) and Anita (Russell) Hall, 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
We’ll all wear hats (the bigger the better) and celebrate 100 years and 6 months Saturday 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro. Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assis Parish, St. Joseph’s Church, Swedesboro. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Woolwich.