Mary Ann (George) Suchta, 82, Lilly, On Monday afternoon, March 16, 2020 our beloved “Mum” and Grandma entered the heavenly kingdom to live eternally with God, the Blessed Mother, all the angels and saints and her beloved Stevie. Mary Ann was born November 13, 1937 in Lilly the eldest child of Theodore “Dorry” and Kathleen (Boylan) George.Mary Ann attended grade school at St. Brigid’s Catholic School in Lilly and graduated from Lilly High School Class of 1955. She then worked at Antmart in Portage until becoming a Mother for the first time in 1964 and then enjoyed being a stay at home Mom to her three sons. On August 13, 1960 Mary Ann married the love of her life, Steve Suchta in St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church in Lilly. Monsignor Philip B. Curran performed the wedding ceremony. Mary Ann and Steve celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 13, 2010 at a Polka Mass followed by dinner and a reception surrounded by 350 of their closest family, friends and neighbors enjoying their favorite Polka Band, Polka Family. They were blessed with 58 years of marriage, living 56 of them in their beloved neighborhood of “Dogtown” in Lilly. Mary Ann and Steve are the proud and loving parents of “their three boys”, John “Johnny” and fiancé Jeff Bennett, Lilly, Tom and wife Linda (McCabe), Lilly, and Mike and wife Linda (Zacur), Cresson. Mary Ann was the beloved “Grandma” of Amanda Zacur, Colin, Lauren and Emily Suchta and caring “Mommy” of her Granddogs Gianni and Giorgio. Along with her parents and husband, Mary Ann is joined in heaven by her infant twin sister, Beverly Ann, brother Leroy “Fritz”, in laws John and Elizabeth Suchta, Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law John Suchta, Andy and Ann Shuster, George and Belle Suchta, Joe and Tootsie Suchta, Paul and Margaret Slebodnick and many close aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors. Mary Ann’s warm and outgoing personality and beautiful welcoming smile will always be cherished by her brother Ted “Teddy” and Sister-in-law Doodle, Sister-in-law Mary George and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends and neighbors. Mary Ann was greeted at heaven’s Rainbow Bridge by her beloved Granddogs, Cody, Nittany, Lilly and Sweetie Pie. Mary Ann along with Steve enjoyed the simple things in life, taking their granddogs for their nightly rides while listening to their polkas, attending local polka dances and festivals, watching the birds out their kitchen window, canning, making homemade bread and chicken noodle soup, and delivering flowers for their son Johns flower shop. And lets not forget her favorite treats Kit Kats, hard candy, and Best Way, Dunny’s and Stevo’s pizza. Mary Ann’s candy basket was always plentiful and she always made sure everyone had a piece before they left her room. Mary Ann was at her happiest when she was scrubbing her floors with rollers in her hair, fudge on the stove, homemade bread in the oven all while preparing dinner for her “4 favorite guys”. Mary Ann and Steve’s kitchen was always the gathering place where you weren’t even in the door and were being offered a cold drink or a bite to eat. Mary Ann’s favorite saying was “the door is always open”. During the spring and summer months, you could always find Mary Ann at the Lilly ballfield with Steve, enjoying taking in many, many ballgames both home and on the road as well as selling tickets and in earlier years, working in the refreshment stand. We can’t forget her having to listen to Steve’s many jokes and laughing at them a million times like she was hearing them for the very first time. Mary Ann was a devout Catholic, a lifelong member of Saint Brigid’s and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic churches in Lilly. She had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother. The Suchta family warmly welcomes all family, friends and neighbors to Mary Ann’s viewing from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020 and from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Serenko-Claar Funeral home, 812 Main Street, Portage. We are kindly asking that from 2:00-5:00 on Friday be reserved for the elderly to accommodate them during the current health situation. A private funeral mass will be celebrated, and Mary Ann will be laid to rest beside her beloved “Stevie”. The Suchta family wishes to extend their thanks and gratitude to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home caregivers and staff who went above and beyond in the care they provided to their beloved Mom and Dad. We are forever grateful.
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