Mary Stella (Czyzyk) Rehm, a former U.S. Marine and a former social worker at the Butler Veteran’s Administration, died at her home in Butler on Thursday. She was 97.
Mrs. Rehm, was married for 41 years to Robert C. Rehm Sr., the painter and art teacher, who died in 1988. After the youngest of their 12 children started first grade, she began college as a freshman, and received her a Masters Degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. She was then hired as a social worker at the Butler Veterans Administration, where she served a decade before retiring.
In World War II, she received military training at Camp Lejune in 1942, where her graduating class of recruits paraded before President Franklin Roosevelt. Mrs. Rehm was stationed at the U.S. Marine Wharehouses at Lamberts Point in Norfolk, Va., until the war in Europe ended.
She returned to her job as stockroom manager at the G.C. Murphy company and later at the Bartam Car Company. She was married in 1946 at St. Stanislaus Church in Lyndora.
Mrs. Rehm was the daughter of Julius and Anelia Czyzyk, of Lyndora, both immigrants from Poland.
Mary Rehm is survived by her children: three daughters and six sons: Barbara Rehm della Porta of Washington, DC; Dr. Theresa (Tom) Thewes of Edinboro; Joan (Roy) Schnur of Mechanicsburg; Thomas (Anne Weise) Rehm, James (Rita Pennington) Rehm, John, Michael and David Rehm, all of Butler, and William (Karen Rossie) Rehm of Carrboro, N.C.
She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 14 great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughters, Mary Ann Rehm and Susannah (Andrew Gress) Rehm; her son, Robert C. Rehm Jr., also a son-in-law, Agustin della Porta.
Friends will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham Street, Butler, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, at 10:00 am at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 432 Center Avenue in Butler. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Everyone attending is required to provide and wear a facial covering, also practice social distancing.
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