Apr. 27, 1917 Ruffs Dale Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, USA
Sep. 22, 2013 Ruffs Dale Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, USA
Mary E. Bibel, 96, of Ruffs Dale (South Huntingdon Township), died Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 27, 1917, in Ruffs Dale, a daughter of the late Harvey and Mary Mellander McIntyre. Mary was a member of Hope Memorial Lutheran Church in Smithton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Bibel; a son, Frank; a grandson, Michael Bibel; two sisters, Rhoda Artice and Helen (Honey) Hiles; and two brothers, Bert and Charles McIntyre. She is survived by two sons, John E. Bibel and wife, Bert, of Ruffs Dale, and Emery C. Bibel and wife, Deanna, of West Finley; two daughters, Mary McBeth and husband, Tom, of Ruffs Dale, and Helen Crise, of Ruffs Dale; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was a beautiful and loving woman with a heart of gold. She never said a harsh word and was loved by all who knew her. She was truly the heart of her family and was loved by so much by so many. She was a wonderful baker and cook, especially her special cabbage rolls that everyone looked forward to at family gatherings. She always had big holiday dinners at her home with a noisy gathering of all her loved ones. No one went home hungry and everyone had to take some home for tomorrow. She loved Sunday rides, eating out, camp at Elk County and trips to Lancaster (which she said was heaven). If we said "Let's go," she was in the car and ready. Mary enjoyed sitting on her porch in the summertime watching her humming birds and her great-grandchildren playing and riding bikes. She looked forward to visits from her great-great-grandchildren, who gave Mam hugs, kisses and love. All her kids kept her young and they will always have treasured memories of her. She loved to watch it snow but it had to be big snow flakes, not that fine stuff. She never complained and was always grateful for what she had, especially the love of her family. Her memories will live forever in the hearts of her family, who always felt blessed to have her. She will never be forgotten and will always be remembered with love. Mary answered to many names: Mom, Grandma, Grammy, Mam, Great Great, Grun and they always meant LOVE. She was always smiling and had a smile that would light up a room and her beautiful Irish eyes. Family and friends were received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the L.L. BARTHELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 2nd St., Smithton. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the Rev. Allen R. Riethmiller officiating. Burial will be in Hoffman Cemetery, South Huntingdon Township.