A committal service will be held Saturday for Mary Louise “Mutzie” Rock Farley, a lifetime resident of Farrell. She passed away peacefully at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, of natural causes, comforted by the presence of many family members. She was 91.
Mrs. Farley was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Farrell to Nicholas Rock and Agnus Betoryak Rock, and was always very proud of her Croatian family heritage. She was the fifth child of a loving, close-knit family that included five boys and six girls.
Mary graduated from Farrell High School in 1940 and was a member of the basketball team. During World War II, she was employed in the offices at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. She later managed the Croatian American Citizens Civic Club, Farrell.
Following the death of her husband, Mary began working for the City of Farrell police department, serving first as a crossing guard, then working her way up to dispatcher until her retirement. She had fond memories of past and current employees of the City of Farrell!
As a member of St. Anthony’s Church, Sharon, Mary was proud that she had helped to carry the bricks from which the church was built.
Mary’s life was most defined by her love of family and the enjoyment she derived from family traditions and activities. She had a wonderful memory and loved to reminisce about the past. She was loved for her kindness and generosity, and will be dearly missed by all who have known her.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and eight of her siblings, Nicholas (Victoria), Ann Susleck, Frank (Viola), Catherine Beggs, Dorothy (John) Kiefer, Albert, Charles, and at an early age, Billy.
In 1952, Mary married Richard N. Farley, who preceded her in death in January of 1970. Her beloved son, Charles A. Farley, predeceased her in June of 2013.
Mary is survived by a daughter, Connie L. (Chuck) Manning and grandsons Chuck and great-grandson Andrew, Christopher (Kaye) and great-grandchildren Connor, Elizabeth and Charlotte, and Aaron and great granddaughter Morgan. She is also survived by her son, Dr. R. David (Ann) Farley and grandchildren Lauren (Aaron) Simmers, Ryan and Gordon.
Also surviving are her dear sisters, Helen (George, deceased) Marenchin and Ginger (Eugene, deceased) Bupp, both of Farrell, and in-laws Matthew “Blackie” (Ann, deceased) Susleck, Victoria (Albert, deceased) Rock and Mildred (Chuck, deceased) Rock.
Survivors also include nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews Of Nick: daughter Susan (deceased), sons Richard and Albert (Maggie) and their daughters Olivia and Mary; Of Ann Susleck: children Dudie (deceased), John, Matthew, Marilyn (Jerre) Riggle and their children Nathan (Emma) and Anna-Maria; Of Frank: daughter Julie (Glenn) McDougle and son George (Sandy) Rock and their son Adam, Nicholas (deceased), Michael (Becky) and children Hannah and Tyler (Tristan) and their daughter Piper, Ferdie (Gina) and children Becca and Nick; Of Catherine: daughter Dolly (Craig) Dillman and sons Matt (Jen) and their daughter Kelsey, and Craig Jr.; Of Dorothy: sons Dr. John (Dr. Genevieve) and Billy (Patti), daughter Mary (Robert) Hoagland and son Robert; Of Helen Marenchin: daughter Dr. Ginger Smith and children Katherine, Elizabeth, Nicholas and Alexandra; Of Albert: daughter Katie Robin; Of Chuck: daughter Kathleen (Allain) Veylit and their daughters Chloe and Lara, and son Charles (Sandra) and their son Nicholas; Of Ginger Bupp: Jene (Frank) and daughters Sarah and Hannah, Jene’s deceased infant twin Ginger, Jackie (Larry) Naples, and son Robbie (Adrienne.)
Also surviving are her cousin, Zora Basic and son Carl; and special friends Betty and Henry Holmes, Sophie, Greg and Nick Kusick, Keith Koch, MaryAnn Dolman, Babe Ondich, Sarcie Barone; and loving friend and caregiver, Martha Gruber.
The family thanks the residents, director and staff of The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley for their kindness and friendship during Mary’s final months of life.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Church Building and Grounds Fund, 804 Idaho St., Sharon, PA 16146; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Mrs. Richard N. (Mary Louise “Mutzie” Rock), 91, Hermitage.
Calling hours: Family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. to time of service Saturday (2-1-14) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may sign a guestbook at www.flynnfuneralhome.com
Service: Special committal services at 4 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Charles Skinner officiating.