Mary M. Byler

Mary Magdalene Byler, 82, Martinsburg, formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., went to heaven to be with Jesus Monday evening at UPMC Altoona.

She was born in Belleville, daughter of the late Joseph and Ada (Peachey) Byler. She married Thomas J. Byler on Feb. 17, 1951, at Allensville Mennonite Church, and he passed away Feb. 15, 2003.

Surviving are four sons: James and wife, Debra, and Conrad and wife, Nancy, all of rural Martinsburg, Donald and wife, Nancy, in Massachusetts and Barry and wife, Patty, in Arizona; a daughter-in-law, Betty of Ephrata; 15 precious grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Jefferson of McAlevys Fort; and four sisters: Anna Hartzler, Edith Kanagy, Flora Byler and Emma Jane Roth, all in Mifflin County.

Until her death, Mary had been anticipating the birth of another great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son, Larry, in 2012; four sisters: her twin, Martha Peachey, Tilma Harshbarger, Florence Vaughan and Ethel Peachey; and an infant brother, Raymond Peachey.

Mary was formerly employed as head cook at Homewood Retirement Center, Martinsburg, where she was well known for her delicious pies. While residing in Arizona, she also worked alongside her husband in their tile setting business until their retirement. She was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, Leamersville Campus.

Mary enjoyed cooking, baking, flower gardening, reading her Bible and spending time with her family. A very meaningful part of her life was serving as a volunteer with World’s Attic, Somerset.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Clover Creek Church of the Brethren, rural Martinsburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Grace Fellowship Church, Leamersville Campus, Pastor Mark E. Lingenfelter officiating. Private interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.

The family prefers that memorial contributions be given to Grace Fellowship Church Memorial Fund.

Arrangements are by John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.