Mary Sarbello


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.

8 thoughts on “Mary Sarbello

  1. Betsy Kennedy Messaros

    We will always remember ” Mother Mary”. She was not only a wonderful mother to her children but a 2nd mother to so many of her children’s friends. After loosing my own mother I felt like Mary would be there if I needed to talk. I know you are happy to be with your love again. I can only imagine the family birthday parties you’ll be having in heaven. We will miss you and will always love you, Betsy and Dave

  2. Will Giansanti

    You always said she was tenacious and wouldn’t let go of her youth and she was blessed with 100 years of life with a alert mind. We are sure she will be missed by all that knew her. It is always hard to say good bye to Loved ones and I am sure your thoughts of her will live on.
    God Bless
    Will & Gloria

  3. George Sabo

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. God blessed you with a wonderful mother and he will comfort you during this great loss. Love and prayers,
    George and Olga

  4. Dave Blumenstein

    What a great tribute to your Mom and you were blessed to have her with you for as long as you did & God must have taken care of her for over 100 years to stay in good shape. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & Lois.
    Dave & Carol

  5. Frank Vertolli

    Mike and family,
    So sorry to hear about your mom Mike. She was a woman any body would be proud to have as a Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless

  6. Dave & Annette Marcozzi

    Mike, your description of your mom’s ways and mannerisms were always amusing. She must have been quite a lady in her day. I know from your description, she made you stand at attention when she needed something.
    I’m sure she will be missed by all she held dear. God bless her and her 100 years and longevity.
    Annette and Dave

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