Mary Mae Bryan
Mary Mae Bryan, 86, passed away at home in Osceola Mills with her family on Friday, September 7, 2012 following a battle with cancer. She was born in Sanborn, PA on November 25, 1925 to Erman and Annie (Torrance) Hockenberry. Mary Mae wed Andrew David Bryan (nickname Gumps) in December, 1939 and they had six children: Patricia Ann Kephart (Kenneth) of Bryan TX; Andrew Curt Bryan (Diane) of Osceola Mills, PA; David F. Bryan (Shirley) of Manville, NJ; Linda Faye Bryan (Deceased, 1964); Sherry Bryan-Carlin of Baldwin, NY; Karen Rivet (Bob) of Saint Regis Falls, NY. She was the Grandmother of 13: Bonnie Dixon DiPaolo of Bridgwater, NJ; David A. Dixon of Bryan, TX; A. Curt Bryan of Pittsburgh, PA; Steve Bryan of Osceola Mills, PA; Tammy Jo Bryan of Osceola Mills, PA; Melissa Bryan of State College, PA; David F. Bryan, Jr. (Deceased 2011); 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 of Albany, NY; and Amanda Rivet of Albany, NY. She was the Great-Grandmother of 18: Kenneth Pineda of Bridgewater, NJ; April DiPaolo Huber of Bridgewater, NJ; Kelly DiPaolo of Bridgwater, NJ; Erica DiPaolo of Bridgewater, NJ; Tracey Dixon Renfer of Easton, PA; Jessica Dixon of Bryan, TX; David A. Dixon, Jr. of Manville, NJ; Andrew Dixon of Bryan, TX; Christopher Bryan of Bridgewater, NJ; Kara Bryan of State College, PA; Drew Bryan of Lexington, VA; Andrew Bryan of Pittsburgh, PA; Benjamin Bryan of Pittsburgh, PA; Kristen Fink of State College, PA; Bryan Fink of Harrisburg, PA; Corey Bryan of Osceola Mills, PA; Connor Bryan of Osceola Mills, PA; Joshua Bryan of Osceola Mills, PA; and Franco Pedone of Baldwin, NY. She was the Great-Great-Grandmother of 6: Sophiea Renfer of Easton, PA; Mathew Renfer of Easton, PA; Stacey Bryan of Dover, DE; Sonja Huber of Bridgewater, NJ; Donnie Ray Huber of Bridgewater, NJ; and Dennis Huber of Bridgewater, NJ.
She is survived by one brother, Chester Hockenberry (wife 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 be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 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, PA.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at the funeral home.