Mary C. Berkenbaugh, 100

NOV. 2, 1911-AUG. 15, 2012

August 16, 2012
  • Berkenbaugh

Mary C. Halligan Berkenbaugh died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at Coffman Nursing Home in Hagerstown, Md. She was 100 years old.

Born Nov. 2, 1911, in Manchester, Md., she was the oldest daughter of Edward H. Rang and Myrtle A. Hare Rang.

She attended St. Joseph's Academy in McSherrystown, Pa., where she pursued commercial studies.

Mary was married to John J. Halligan on Sept. 21, 1937. He has been deceased since 1983. She then married Joseph R. Berkenbaugh in June 1986. He preceded her in death in February 2002.

Mary was the oldest of five children. She was preceded in death by brothers, Major Bernard F. Rang and Carroll E. Rang; and sisters, Helen Rang Yellott and Neva Rang Smith.

After moving to Hagerstown in 1929, she worked for Southern Shoe Manufacturing Co. Mary was a member of the Potomac Playmakers in the 1930s, where she and her husband, Jack, participated in numerous plays. She was employed by Fairchild Aircraft in the 1940s and 1950s. After 16 years of employment with the state of Maryland's Department of Employment Security, she retired in 1973.

She was a member of St. Mary's Church, where she sang on the choir for many years. While living in Boonsboro in the 1950s, she played the organ for St. James Church in Boonsboro. Mary was also a member of St. Ann's and St. Joseph's parishes.

She was a resident of Somerford Assisted Living for seven years before moving in with her daughter, Marie, in Hagerstown.

She is survived by her daughter, Christina Cox and son-in-law, Dennis Cox, of Baltimore, Md.; daughter, Marie Thompson-Smith and son-in-law, Rob Smith, of Hagerstown; and a special niece, Jane Branch and her husband, Donovan Branch, of Clear Spring. Mary loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed her five grandchildren, Michele Kitchen of Richmond, Va., Anne-Marie Cox of Cortes, Colo., Tom Thompson and Kristen Thompson, both of Morgantown, W.Va., and Kate Thompson of Smithsburg, Md. Mary was a big part of her eight great-grandchildren's lives, as well as her numerous nieces and nephews lives. She was very proud of her great-great-granddaughter.

During her last few months, she was constantly surrounded by her hospice family and by her faithful friends, Michael Bodan, Cart Stockman, Terry Horst, Joe Starteri, Joe Datilio, Jim Shives, Norma Cook, Marge Byrns and Diane Spiter.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 17630 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Christopher Moore as celebrant. Interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

In lieu of flowers, you may send memorial donations to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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