The Life of Mary Lavala
Mary T. Lavala, age 87, unexpectantly passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Mary was born and raised in Narberth, PA. In 1950 she moved to Manayunk where she occupied her lifelong career as a homemaker raising nine children. Mary eventually moved and resided in the nearby town of Roxborough, PA.
Mary is survived by children Norma Jean Lavala; Phyllis (Darren) Soltis, Bobby Lavala, Sandy Dale, Theresa (Raymond) Konowal, Roger (Lisa) Hamilton and Susie (Justin) Turkowski. Mary was blessed with eight grandchildren: Tina, Francis Patrick, Anthony Brown, James David, Jennifer, Brian, Jean and Alexa; and nine great grandchildren: Ricky, Theresa, Melissa, Jimmy, Skylie, Logan, Justin, Carter and Brielle; Sibling Erma (Benny) Ambrosine; and brother in-law Tom Brown and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by children Mary Ann Lavala, Donna (George) Aldinger, son-in-law Tony Dale; parents Donato & Phyllis DiPrinzio; siblings John DiPrinzio, Sylvia LePera; Delores (Joe) Misenko, Donato DiPrinzio, Jr. and Phyllis Brown.
Mary loved visiting and vacationing at the Jersey shore, trips to Myrtle Beach, traveling across the country to Nevada and Arizona to visit her granddaughter, and visiting family in Minnesota. Mary loved being surrounded by her children, and grandchildren, especially at times of celebrations like Christmas, and Birthdays. Mary enjoyed Italian cuisine - especially her favorite meal of spaghetti and meatballs - that she caringly prepared nearly every Sunday for her family and friends who were always welcome. Mary also had a special heart for those in need and for animals, especially pugs! Mary had an amazing sense of humor and she could always make anyone laugh out loud.
Funeral service will be at West Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Inc., 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 on Friday, September 21 at 11:00 a.m., where friends and relatives will be received from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment in West Laurel Hill Cemetery will follow the service.