The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

March 27, 2013

Mary E. Thomas

HASTINGS — THOMAS – Mary E. “Shirley,” 81, Hastings, entered the gates of heaven March 26, 2013. She spent her last precious moments on earth in her home surrounded by her loving husband and family praying, listening to favorite music, singing and reminiscing. Born Oct. 23, 1931, in Hastings, daughter of the late James and Edith (Kline) Cunningham. Also preceded in death by son, Brian Thomas; granddaughter, Katelyn Long; brothers, Russ, Mandy, Paul, Joe, Gerald and Eugene Cunningham; and sisters, Gert Endler and Betty Letizia. Shirley was the loving wife of 60 wonderful years to John J. Thomas, whom she married July 12, 1942. Mother to children, Cheryl (Kurt) Long, Ehrenfeld; Sandy (Joe) Owens, Hastings, Bruce (Vi) Thomas, Tyrone; Lori (Lee) Donoughe,  Ebensburg; Lisa (Jim) Lantzy, Sterling, Va.; and Tina (Pat) Maggi, State College. Loving grandmother to Kent, Keith and Korey Long; Lindsey Sowers; Dana Ranck; Scott Owens; Ryan, Christopher and Brett Donoughe; Abby, Katie, Jaimee and Claire Lantzy; and Lauren, Tara, Nicholas and Nathan Maggi; and 10 great-grandchildren. Sister to Grace Schall and Margaret Kopera, Hastings; and Agnes Krill and Rita Cimo, Florida. Aunt “Shirley” to many nieces and nephews. Shirley worked at Barnesboro Five and Dime and Van Heusen Shirt Factory in Barnesboro while she waited for her John to return from Korea. The next years of her life were spent being a patient loving mother of seven children. Shirley had a lifetime of sewing enjoyment, creating wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, Barbie doll clothes, her children’s holiday dresses, even her own clothing, tote bags and countless others. She created her own ceramic keepsakes for more than 30 years and attended many craft shows, sharing her treasures with others. Member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Hastings Red Hatters, Senior Citizens and “Holy Rollers” bowling league. She enjoyed many moments with her husband, family and friends on the backyard swing. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Easly-Hindman Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hastings. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Burial, church cemetery. Arrangements in care of Easly-Hindman Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., exclusive provider of “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be sent to www.HindmanFuneralHomes.com.

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