Mary Virginia Lipple

Mary Virginia Lipple, 40, Pittsburgh, passed away Sunday at her residence from brain cancer.

She was born in Tyrone, daughter of Thomas and JoAnne (Caporuscio) Lipple. She married Dr. Roy Smetana on Oct. 22, 2005, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona.

Surviving are her husband; her parents of Altoona; two children: Josephina and August of Pittsburgh; two brothers: Joseph Lipple and wife, Traci, of Pittsburgh and Thomas Lipple Jr. and wife, Shilo, of Alexandria, Va., and their son, Eliot; her amazing aunt, Anne Skerl; her grandmother, Helen Caporuscio; her grandfather, Joseph Lipple; and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Harry Caporuscio; and her grandmother, Mary Lipple.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts in theater at Penn State University, Mary took to the theater scene in Pittsburgh and won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the New Works Festival in 1997 and 1998. She then continued her academic studies in theater with a concentration in gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her training culminated with a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training in 2005. In 2011, she performed her original solo show “Blackbird Pie” at Grey Box Theatre in Pittsburgh.

Mary was a member of St. John Fisher Church in Pittsburgh.

Friends will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal of Mary’s cremated remains will be at the family’s convenience at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to support brain cancer research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)/UPMC CancerCenter, Development Department, UPMC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1B, 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232; or donations to support Pittsburgh theater artist grants at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, 810 Penn Ave., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, Attn. Mary Lipple Memorial Fund.