Mary Patricia Harmon, 96, of Bradys Bend died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the Chicora Medical Center, where she had been assisted living for seven years. Born June 20, 1920, in Kaylor, she was the daughter of Ambrose C. 'Dave' and Bertha E. (Blatt) Madden. On June 10, 1946, she married James L. Harmon and together they raised 10 children. Throughout the years of raising her children, she was very active at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Bradys Bend, where she was a lifetime member. She began typing and mimeographing the church bulletin before becoming a parish secretary, a position she held for nearly 20 years. She also served for 30 years as a CCD teacher and eventual director of religious education at St. Patrick's. A 1938 graduate of East Brady High School, Mary was trained as an executive secretary. She worked during the years of World War II for Bantam Industries in Butler, helping produce the first Jeeps. In later years, she became the Bradys Bend Township Auditor. A crossword puzzle enthusiast, she was a charter member of the extended family Scrabble Tournament. She was an expert of game rules and two letter words rarely encountered elsewhere. Mary was an avid reader and especially enjoyed murder mysteries and biographies. Matriarch of a very large clan, Mary is survived by four daughters, Eileen and her husband, Michael Hout, of Brooklyn, New York, Virginia and her husband, Robert Pfahler, of Fenelton, Sarah and her husband, John Grove, of Tucson, Arizona and Bert Skye of Tucson; four sons, Laurence and his wife, Steffi Domike, of Pittsburgh, Christopher and his wife, Peg, of Tucson, Mark and his wife, Becky, of Lancaster, North Carolina, Matthew and his wife, Pamela Selby, of Tucson, and son-in-law, Jody Schnur of Herman; 25 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James Harmon on May 29, 2006; her daughter, Joan Harmon Schnur; her son, David; her twin brother, Laurence, who was shot down over Italy during World War II; her brothers, David 'Jiggs' Madden, Raymond 'Ping' Madden, John 'Popeye' Madden; and two sisters, Helen Collins and Jane Hinterlang. Friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Buechele Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. 707 Kellys Way, East Brady. Mary always found comfort in the rosary, it will be recited along with a parish prayer service at 4 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 950 State Route 68, Bradys Bend with the Rev. John Butler officiating. (Everyone please meet at the church.) Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery will be private. The Harmon family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mary's name to St. Patrick Church, 950 State Route 68, East Brady, Pa. 16028. To view or express condolences, please visit www.BuecheleFuneralHome.com .
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