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Arzella C. "Ary," 96, Summerhill, passed away July 4, 2017. She was born Aug. 20, 1920, the third daughter of Albert and Amelia (Berschneider) Seifert. Ary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dr. Joseph F. Kirby, who passed away July 3, 1979; brothers, Clement and Robert Seifert; and sister, Zita Marie Seifert. Survived by children, Elizabeth Seno, and husband, David Barnard; Jeanne Mathieson, and husband, James; Kathleen Puruczky, and husband, William; Dr. Thomas Kirby, and wife Dr. Barbara Hindenach; Robert, and wife, Terri (Sowash); and Patrick, and wif,e Donna (Hughes), and grandchildren, who lovingly referred to her as Mamie, Josh, Anna and Maria Seno; Lee and Kira Mathieson; Mike Puruczky and Sara (Puruczky) Charles; Nigel, Conrad, Dasha, David and Jon Kirby; and Laura (Kirby) Walker. Mamie also was a great-grandmother to Morgan, Rachel, Hannah, Amelia, Colin, Malia, Nate and Francie. In addition, Ary is survived by sisters, Margaret Ludwig, Regina Gaumer, Lucille Kist and Shirley Eggie, and brother, Albert Seifert. Arzella was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Summerhill, and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her children will always remember her breaking into song at any time, but always ending with her favorite song "Mona Lisa." She enjoyed pinochle, watching tennis, the Steelers, the Pirates on TV, and reading and working word puzzles, keeping her mind sharp until the very end of her amazing life. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home Inc., South Fork, where the rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m. and a vigil will be held Thursday evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's by Father Leon Hont, OSB. Committal, St. Mary's Cemetery, New Germany. (www.DimondFuneralHome.com)
Published on July 5, 2017
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