The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 15, 2013

Mary DeMartinis

Centenarian owned Hickory Bowl, was born in Europe


---- — A celebration of life and funeral service will be held Friday for Mary DeMartinis of Lake Road, Mercer, formerly of Lamor Road, Hermitage. She passed away peacefully of natural causes at 4:30 a.m. Sunday (1-13-13) in Hospitality Care Center, Hermitage. She was 100.

Mrs. DeMartinis was born April 26, 1912, in a small town near Austria-Hungary, the daughter of Frank and Margaret Eged Sarvas.

Her parents immigrated to the United States from central Europe when she was 2 years old and they settled in Sharpsville.

Mary was a member at one time of the former St. Ann’s Church on Fruit Avenue in Farrell.

She was a self-taught businesswoman who, along with her son, owned and operated the former Hickory Bowl on East State Street in Hermitage.

She was somewhat of a linguist as she was able to speak Italian, English and her first language, Hungarian.

She loved to entertain and cook for her family and friends in years past; she also enjoyed traveling.

Her husband, Felix DeMartinis, whom she married April 1, 1928, passed away in 1972.

She leaves her daughter, Dolores Jennings and her husband Marc, North Dakota; and her daughter-in-law, Peggy DeMartinis, Hermitage. She also leaves her two sisters, Margaret “Peg” Forrest, Hermitage; and Priscilla Ridgway and her husband Robert, Sharpsville; two brothers, John Sarvas and his wife Helen; and Eddy Sarvas, all Sharpsville; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren including Sheri L. Latimer and her husband Bradley, with whom she lived; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Frank DeMartinis; and four sisters and a brother.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer West Middlesex Road, Mercer, PA 16137.


Mrs. Felix (Mary), 100, Lake Road, Mercer, formerly of Lamor Road, Hermitage.

Calling hours: Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to time of service Friday (1-18-13) in Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 2090 Mercer West Middlesex Road, Lackawannock Township. Condolences can be sent to her family by visiting the website

Service: Celebration of life and funeral service at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the church with the Rev. August P. Hurst, pastor, officiating.

Interment: St. Ann’s Cemetery, Hermitage.

Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.