Obituary Notice: Mary Mae Bryan
Mary Mae Bryan, 86, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 at her home in Osceola Mills with her family following a battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 25, 1925 in Sanborn to Erman and Annie (Torrance) Hockenberry.
She wed Andrew David “Gumps” Bryan in December of 1939 and they shared six children, Patricia Ann Kephart (Kenneth) of Bryan, TX; Andrew Curt Bryan (Diane) of Osceola Mills; David F. Bryan (Shirley) of Manville, NJ; Sherry Bryan-Carlin of Baldwin, NY; Karen Rivet (Bob) of Saint Regis Falls, NY; and Linda Faye Bryan, whom died in 1964.
She was the grandmother of 13 children, Bonnie Dixon DiPaolo of Bridgwater, NJ; David A. Dixon of Bryan, TX; A. Curt Bryan of Pittsburgh; Steve Bryan and Tammy Jo Bryan, both of Osceola Mills; Melissa Bryan of State College; Linda Bryan of Flemington, NJ; Jeanne Bryan Kling of Glenn Gardner, NJ; Tiffany Carlin Pedone of Baldwin, NY; E. Custer Carlin of Memphis, TN; Patricia Rivet and Amanda Rivet, both of Albany, NY; and David F. Bryan Jr., whom died in 2011.
She was the great-grandmother of 18 children, Kenneth Pineda, April DiPaolo Huber, Kelly DiPaolo and Erica DiPaolo and Christopher Bryan, all of Bridgewater, NJ; Tracey Dixon Renfer of Easton; David A. Dixon Jr. of Manville, NJ; Jessica Dixon and Andrew Dixon, both of Bryan, TX; Kara Bryan and Kristen Fink, both of State College; Drew Bryan of Lexington, VA; Andrew Bryan and Benjamin Bryan, both of Pittsburgh; Bryan Fink of Harrisburg; Corey Bryan, Connor Bryan and Joshua Bryan, all of Osceola Mills; and Franco Pedone of Baldwin, NY.
She was the great great-grandmother of six children, Sophiea Renfer and Mathew Renfer, both of Easton; Stacey Bryan of Dover, DE; Sonja Huber, Donnie Ray Huber and Dennis Huber, all of Bridgewater, NJ.
She is survived by one brother, Chester Hockenberry (Jolene) of Osceola Mills and preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Erman (Butch) Hockenberry, Isabell Showers and Joseph Hockenberry.
She worked in the textile industry for more than 38 years for McTague and Navasky manufacturers and retired in 1983. Her life exemplified hard work, integrity and honor.
“God saw that she was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around her and whispered ‘Come with me’. With tearful eyes, we watched her suffer, and saw her fade away. Although we loved hear dearly, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes ‘the best’.”
The funeral service will held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Heath Funeral Home in Osceola Mills, PA with Pastor Jennifer C. Heikes officiating. Burial will follow at the Umbria Cemetery in Osceola Mills.
Friends will be received from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service Wednesday at the funeral home.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.heathfuneral.com.