Maryann (Klara) Sheppeck, 91 of Butler Pennsylvania passed away, January 11, 2019, at the Orchards of Saxony under the care of Good Samaritan Hospice.
Born August 15, 1928 to Anthony and Louise (Wieckowski) Klara in Lyndora Maryann was the oldest of 6 children.
Maryann grew up in Lyndora with her parents and maternal grandparents living in the same household, so Maryann only spoke Polish for the first 7 years of her life. She had to learn to speak English once entering Lyndora Elementary which she always said she had to walk to school every day. Maryann was very proud of her Polish heritage and tried to instill into her 5 children.
Maryann was the first to have a camera and took many pictures while living and growing in Lyndora and then finally in Butler township near the Community College. When the College first opened in 1968 Maryann would take evening classes to keep her mind fresh and learn more about everything. Education and what it could do for you was very important to Maryann which she impressed on her children.
Maryann instilled creativity in her children allowing them to be creative but also play a sport and a musical instrument. Maryann loved to dance, listen to Polka’s, Elvis Presley, Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates. Maryann often brought the Polish traditions she grew up with into her family with her children. Maryann was extremely intelligent, organized and industrious woman. She loved to garden and be outdoors in the nicer weather. If Maryann didn’t know how to do something, she would take a book and learn how. Maryann finished all the woodwork in her home and was always doing a project to fix her home. This instilled the power of knowledge on her children and the desire to learn and know more.
Maryann was involved in her lifetime the with St Stanislaw’s Ladies Guild, she was a lector and often sang in the choir with her beautiful singing voice. Maryann was part of NAMI and several Mental Health groups/advocacy programs. She worked for the Office of Personnel Management in Boyers Pa until her retirement at age 72. She then decided she wanted to volunteer at the VNA completing their paperwork with their mileage and reimbursements for their nurses and volunteers. Maryann also line danced and took up clogging upon retirement. She was busier after retirement then before.
Maryann was married to Adam Bernard Sheppeck who preceded her in death on February 18, 1982. Maryann took pride of her children and her family.
She leaves behind 5 children and 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Dr Michael and Susan (Curry) Sheppeck of Maplewood Minnesota, Dr Richard and Laura Sheppeck of Petoskey Michigan, Thaddeus (Ted/TP) and Amy Sheppeck of St. Paul Minnesota, Theresa (Sheppeck) Fulmer of Butler Pa, David and Cheryl (McCormick) Sheppeck of Butler Pa. Her Grandchildren Clifford and Crystal Sheppeck of Minnesota, Tyler and Celina Sheppeck of Minnesota, Alexandra Sheppeck of Butler, Nicholas Sheppeck and Quinn Sheppeck of Petoskey Michigan. Matthew Sheppeck and Kylie Sheppeck of Butler. Her great grandchildren Kaylee Sheppeck, of San Diego California, Aiden Sheppeck and Rylan Sheppeck of Minnesota, Ava Sheppeck and Alexander Sheppeck of Minnesota, Sophie Sheppeck of Butler Pa. Two sisters Antionette (Toni/Tosia) Jeffery of New Hampshire, Barbara Troso of Georgia, one brother John (Joshu) Klara and his wife Andrea of State College Pa. A sister in law Winnie Joyce (Stanley/Stashu) Klara of Butler, Pa. Also, several nieces, nephews, cousins in the US and in Poland. Several great nieces/nephews and great- great niece/nephews. She leaves behind her service dog she loved AJ and service cat Sheldon (Kitty) who will miss her.
Maryann was also preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers Peter (Tadu) Klara and Stanley (Stashu) Klara.
Friends will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham Street, Butler, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian will be celebrated on Saturday, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, 125 Buttercup Road in Meridian. The Rev. William Wuenschel, will officiate, Interment will follow in Butler County Memorial Park.
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