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(Kaplan), 98, Windber, passed away quietly on February 5, 2018 at the Church of the Brethren Home, Windber. Mary was born on Columbus Day, October 12, 1919 in Windber. Daughter of Peter and Anna (Volk) Kaplan, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Herbert Wirick; parents, brothers, John, Michael, Stephen, and Peter Kaplan: sisters, Margaret Elias, Helen Graffius, and an infant, Agnes.
Survived by son, David married to Barbara (Kogut), Mechanicsburg; grandchildren, Jeffrey, New Freedom; Michael, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Jason, Pittsburgh; great-grandchildren, David, son of Jeffrey and Betsy; Camille and Carson, daughter and son of Michael and Jennifer; and Raigan, daughter of Jason and Lauren. Also, survived by sister, Ann Dooling of Avon, Ohio, and brother, James Kaplan and wife Jane of Williamsburg, Virginia. She was "Aunt Mary" to many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Mary "Kap" graduated from Windber High School in the class of 1938, attended classes at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and graduated from the Windber Hospital School of Nursing in 1942. She was a registered nurse and the operating room supervisor at Windber Hospital until her retirement in 1984. Mary was very proud of her nursing career and continued to maintain her professional knowledge of evolving surgical procedures and operating room practices until her retirement. She was a mentor to many nurses. She maintained a lifelong interest in reading. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren especially preparing for and during the Christmas season. As a resident of the Church of the Brethren Home since September, 2010, she received compassionate care from the nursing staff at the home and recent support from the Windber Hospice staff. The family would like to express its gratitude to the many nurses and staff that were caregivers during Mary's residency. Friends received 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the William Kisiel Funeral Home, Windber. Visitation will also be held on Saturday morning, from 10:30 a.m. up until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Windber, Rev. Ruth Jensen, officiating. Interment Richland Cemetery, Soldier's Circle. Monetary donations may be made to the Church of the Brethren Home, 277 Hoffman Avenue, Windber, PA 15963 or Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 514 Shady Lane, Windber, PA 15963 in Mary's memory.
Published on February 7, 2018
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