Mary A. Dichtel
February 27, 1938 - November 19, 2008
Mary A. Dichtel, age 70, of Green Valley, AZ and formerly of Cary, IL, died on Nov. 19, 2008 at the Casa Colina Assisted Living Home in Green Valley after a courageous 2 1/2 year battle with ovarian cancer.
Born on Feb. 27, 1938 in Chicago, IL to Nicholas and Mary (Donnelly) Cummings, Mary attended St. Vincent De Paul Elementary School and Immaculata High School. Mary spent many of her childhood summers on Mackinac Island, MI, where much of her extended family lived. She was a proud Chicagoan who enjoyed world travel, her daily crossword puzzle, a good glass of wine and celebrating her Irish heritage. A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Mary insisted on a trip to Wrigley Field this past summer, even after her illness had made it difficult for her to climb to her seat. After retiring to Green Valley in 1991, Mary was active in the choir at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, the Green Valley Telephone Pioneers, the Green Valley Elks Auxiliary and the "Bodacious Babes" Red Hat Society.
She is survived by her husband, Francis; children, Steven Martenson, Christine (Tom) Layshock and Sharon (Jeff) Mills; grandchildren, Jason Bishop, Nicole (Jeff) Pedigo, Scott (Amy) Bishop, Heather and Hannah Martenson, Grayson, Shane and Evynn Layshock and Madeline and Henry Mills; and great-grandchildren, Cali Bishop and Travis Pedigo.
A Memorial Service to honor Mary's life will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 416 First St., Cary, IL at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's name can be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1400, New York, NY 10122.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the angels at Odyssey Hospice in Tucson and the staff at Casa Colina in Green Valley for their excellent care and compassion during Mary's final days.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields,
and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.