Mary Ann Bridge of Hermitage passed into the hands of her Lord and Savior peacefully at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Sharon Regional Medical Center, after an extended illness. She was 82.
Mrs. Bridge was born Aug. 17, 1935, in Farrell, the eldest daughter of Andrew and Lena (Krkanich) Bukovinsky.
She was raised in Farrell and fondly spoke of her childhood memories, such as time with family, ice skating at Buhl Park and following the Farrell Steelers basketball team.
She attended the former St. Ann's Parochial Grade School, Farrell, and was a 1953 graduate of Farrell High School.
While raising her family, Mary Ann attended Edinboro University and earned her Licensed Practical Nursing certification through Mercer County Vocational-Technical School.
She was employed by Sharon Regional Hospital and Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Warren, Ohio.
Mary Ann and her husband of more than 50 years, Kenneth Bridge, were longtime members of the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage and, most recently, members of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex.
Mary Ann loved her children and grandchildren, always finding a reason to have them over to enjoy dinner, swimming or a camp fire.
It was very important to her to be involved with her children and grandchildren's activities, attending as many events as possible.
She will be remembered as a loving mom and grandma with a huge heart and talented cooking skills.
Mary Ann made delicious meals and enjoyed cooking.
Her nut rolls, chili, star cookies, pigs in the blanket and dinner rolls were amazing.
She loved to celebrate special occasions, cooking, decorating and making everyone feel special and welcomed.
Holidays were a very special time for her as she prepared everyone's favorite foods and made sure every family member had plenty of gifts to open at Christmas.
At Easter, the grandchildren had their own color of plastic eggs to find, with special treats inside, during her annual Easter egg hunt.
Family was very important to her.
In her younger years, Mary Ann loved to dance, from ballet to the jitterbug.
She also enjoyed playing the organ, bowling, waterskiing, snow skiing and listening to the talented Elvis Presley.
She loved angels and reflected on Bible scripture.
She is now one of our Lord's angels in heaven watching over her family.
She has provided her loved ones with beautiful memories to cherish.
She will be sadly missed by her husband, Kenneth Bridge, at home; her five children and 11 grandchildren, Kenneth Bridge and his daughter Kylie, Sharpsville; Patricia Chupak and her husband Jerry and son Ryan, West Middlesex; Robert Bridge and his wife Christina and their children Brandon and Nicole, Masury; Deborah Gilson and her husband Doug and their children Darcie and Daelyn, Mercer; and Thomas Bridge and his wife Kim and their children Christian, Beverly, Vanessa, Mason and Maryann, Hermitage.
Mary Ann is also survived by a brother, Andrew Bukovinsky and his wife Phyllis, Columbus, Ohio, and their children David, Cindy and Barbara; and a sister, Betty Jane Trontel, Hermitage, and her children Jim, Jerry and Mark; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Morsillo, also Hermitage, and his son, Patrick.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Josephine Morsilla; and a brother-in-law, Jerry Trontel.
In remembrance of Mary Ann, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road, West Middlesex, PA 16159; Buhl Park, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage, PA 16148; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Mary Ann, 82, of Hermitage
Calling hours: 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday (11-7-17) in the Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Mass of Christian burial atnoon Tuesday, in the church, with Rev. Glenn R. Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: St. Ann;s Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on November 5, 2017