Mary H. Bitenz, 92 formerly of Harmony-Fisher Ave., Franklin Township died in the Jameson Memorial Hospital on February 1, 2010 at 11:45 P.M. Mary was born in Sharon, PA on February 4, 1917 to the late John & Mary Turk Zele. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley F. Bitenz on May 17, 2002. They were married on October 2, 1937. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City. She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Mollick of New Castle, 3 sisters, Tillie Korbar and Dorothy Spadin both of Masury, OH and Christine Paulenich of Sharon, four grandchildren, Deborah Zirwas, Barbara Ferrucci, Ian Package and Issa Fullen, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by a son, Stanley E. Bitenz, a daughter, Elizabeth Package and a sister, Annie Zele in childhood. Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport on Friday from 2 to 4 P.M. and Monday from 11 A.M. to noon. A Blessing Service will be offered at the Funeral Home on Monday, February 8, 2010 at Noon by Fr. Lou Pascazi. Interment will follow at Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. Bitenz's name to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org or to the charity of the donor's choice.
To a wonderful and dear friend from our church's Pierogi Crew, I was so saddened to hear of Mary's passing. She was a lady with a heart of gold who worked tirelessly for the church, always behind the scenes. Both Mary and Stan were at the core of the original St. Agatha Pierogi Crew and it is because of them that we established a wonderful reputation of pierogies! We have so many wonderful memories of Mary, who was always so thoughtful of others and doing so many things to make others happy. We will miss you, Mary. --Margie Boffo and Family
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