Condolence From: Rev. Christine and Ronald C. Groeger, Sr.
Condolence: It seems like Mary was always a part of our family. How we appreciate the love and care she gave to all four of our children: Debra, Heather, Ronald, Jr, and Joshua. Mary at first was befuddled with the boys, having had two sisters and then raised Cathy. But she was a good sport, even when a realistic looking frog was moved around their home on Long Level Road. After a visit from the kids, she might find it amongst the neatly stacked bathroom towels, in a potted plant, in a kitchen drawer, her purse, and other numerous places. Of course, it was unearthed well after we had gone. It went on so long, the paint began to wear off the little guy. Of course, Mary would say something the next trip up and "scold" all four because she never knew the real perpetrator. How they loved her! Mary loved children, but when she married Chuck, he came with a grown son and his wife and their three children, and later another. Mary was a wonderful grandmother to ALL her grandchildren. At one point, shortly after she had had a piece of major surgery, Heather had an accident which took us by ambulance to Pittsburgh for a three week stay. Chuck and Mary moved from their one story home to our two story home. What a strong woman! But no matter what, the joy of their two weddings stayed with all of us, because they were always meant to be together and how they took their vows seriously as they loved and cared for each other "in sickness and in health". Mary was a good sport as she learned country from Chuck and learned to like his world: full of garden, blueberry bushes, bees, and all Chuck's tinkering. Interestingly enough, eventually Mary taught Chuck about her strong faith in her Savior. He would drive her to Mass each week, or she would go with a neighbor. Regardless, Mary went to worship every week. One day Chuck went in with her and he continued going. What lessons they gave to all young and older lovers! Mary initially came into our lives slowly and carefully, but quickly became wife, mother, and grandmother all at the same time. How we have admired her strength and courage, and how we have loved her! And we have been loved by her! (Many thanks, and blessings to you, Cathy, for sharing your mother with us! We, in turn, have been loved and blessed by her!) Today Mary is with her Savior and with her beloved Chuck! Thanks to you, God the Father, for sending Mary to us all! We are truly grateful to you for this humble woman who always gave us a part of you in whatever she did for all of us. Thank you, dear Jesus, for receiving her with love and joy. How her life was dictated by your sacrifice for her and us all. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for bringing Chuck and Mary together. Their hearts and spirits are one again in you. Hear us, Three in One, as we pray for Mary's and Chuck's family and friends, who were changed by their presence. Soothe our broken hearts and return to us joy in remembering Mary and Chuck and their life in YOU. Remind us of YOUR presence in our lives, and your sacrifices for us. May we all go into the world unafraid, knowing we are loved by God the Father; we are forgiven through God the Son; and we are empowered with the joy and peace that come from knowing God the Holy Spirit. Help us to
go out unafraid, loved, forgiven, and empowered.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, AMEN!