|Mary Dashem Walls|
She was born February 19, 1917, at the family home in Centre Hall, Centre County, Pennsylvania., the daughter of Franklin Wesley and Mary Ruth Bower Dashem.
She lived on the family farm with her parents and her two daughters. In 1956, Mary, her children and parents, moved to Warren, Pa.
She was a graduate of Centre Hall High School with the Class of 1934.
In Warren she was a member of Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church. She worked at Metzgar-Wright, Levinson Brothers, Myers Laboratory, House of Printing, and Jamesway. She cared for elderly ladies in their homes until she was in her 80s.
She enjoyed gardening, baking, and knitting. She made afghans for friends, neighbors, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and for dozens of babies.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan (Thomas) Curtin, Clarendon; Maryjane (Charles) Getz, Millbury, Ohio; three grandchildren, Wendy Stanko, Sheffield and her fiancé, James Fitch; Janet (David) Talbott, Brownstown, Michigan; and Michael (Jackie) Getz, Livonia, Michigan; six great grandchildren, Anna and Joe Stanko, Andrew and James Talbott and Oliver and Molly Getz. She is also survived by three nieces, Linda (Alan) Sinclair, Berrwyn Heights, Maryland; Patty Danyluk, Hillard, Ohio and Dorothy (Mark) Dutchess, Lebanon, Pa., as well as several great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dedicated friend and caregiver, Dr. John O’Shaney. Because of his care, Mary was able to spend her last years in her home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, William Bower Dashem; one grandson, Joseph Thomas Curtin, and one niece Barbara Dashem Audiss.
Friends will be received at the Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., 304 East Street, Warren, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 28. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, with the Rev. Marcus Briggs, officiating. A committal service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Centre County Memorial Park, State College, Pa. on Monday, December 31, 2012.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Sheffield Scholarship Fund, %Judy Nuhfer, PO Box 43, Sheffield, Pa., 16347 or to Caring For Life Foundation, PO Box 1756, Warren, Pa. 16365.