Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mary Lou Tobias

I just got this news from Joe Ziller. Jay's mom passed away on Friday. Here is the obituary from the Times Leader:

Mary L. “Mary Lou” Tobias, 73, of Swoyersville, passed away Friday evening, May 8, 2009, at Hospice Care of the VNA, Inpatient Unit, Heritage House, Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary is survived by her husband, John H. Tobias. Mary and John would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on June 21, 2009.
Born in Swoyersville, on Dec. 27, 1935, Mary was a daughter of the late Maurice J. and Amelia (Reese) Monahan. She was a graduate of the former Swoyersville High School, Class of 1954.

A homemaker most of her life, Mary dedicated herself to caring for her loving family. In her earlier years, Mary was employed by the Okonite Company, New Brunswick, N.J.; Goodbody and Company, Wilkes-Barre; United Penn Bank, Wilkes-Barre, and French Steak, Swoyersville.

Mary was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. An active member of her church, Mary greatly enjoyed volunteering at the church’s annual bazaar. She previously volunteered at the former Bishop O’Reilly High School, Kingston, in their cafeteria and was also a past member of the Swoyersville Kiwanis Club.

An accomplished and dedicated pianist, Mary took great pleasure in sharing her beautiful talent with others. She enjoyed playing the piano in various school productions and also for entertainment at various dinner functions. Also, Mary participated in various piano competitions throughout her life.

Mary took great pleasure in cooking for her beloved family and watching various cooking shows. Also, Mary enjoyed reading various books.

Mary had a deep and devoted love for her family and greatly enjoyed spending time with each and every one of them. She will forever be remembered as a loving, generous and kind wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. All those who knew and loved Mary will deeply miss her beautiful presence.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Jeanne Vanderhoof; brothers, Nicky Lockman, Raymond Monahan and Robert Monahan.

In addition to her loving and devoted husband, John, Mary is survived by her sons, John and his wife, Margaret Tobias, Binghamton, N.Y.; Michael and his wife, Joyce Tobias, Swoyersville; grandchildren, Lydia Mahoney and her husband, Bryan, North Carolina; Rory, Andrew, Emily and Leigh Tobias, all of Binghamton, N.Y.; Katie and Maria Tobias, Swoyersville; great-grandchildren, Aidan, Lily and Christian; brothers, Maurice J. Monahan Jr., Swoyersville; and Lawrence D. Monahan, Wyoming; numerous nieces; nephews; and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Monday at 9 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with the Rev. Richard J. Cirba, her pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Swoyersville. Family and friends may call today, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. For additional information or to send the Tobias family an online message of condolence, visit


Blogger Green Chameleon said...

I am very sorry for you.

Wed Jun 24, 09:40:00 PM PDT  

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