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Official Obituary of

Mary Louise Ponitz

July 2, 1933 ~ October 23, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Mary Ponitz Obituary

Mary Louise (Mary Lou) Ponitz’s spirit left the bounds of this earth on the evening of October 23, 2023, leaving behind a bountiful list of joyous memories for her family and for many others who experienced her infectious smile, constant faithfulness, and compassionate way during her lifetime. She was born July 2, 1933, in Crabtree, a daughter of the late Michael and Margaret Sompel. After high school while working, she met and married Charles Ponitz in 1956. They gave birth to six children between 1958 and 1966 while living in nearby Irwin. In April 1968 she welcomed the opportunity to move to Pensacola Florida after Charles attained a managerial position at a newly constructed Westinghouse manufacturing facility. She enjoyed the new-found beauty of Pensacola and its Gulf of Mexico beaches where hours were spent with children and friends. During this time, she devoted her life to raise her school-aged children in the Catholic faith she developed while attending Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg and Immaculate Conception Parish in Irwin. During the years Mary Lou and Charles moved several times for various promotions within the Westinghouse Corporation including returning to Greensburg (twice), Spartanburg SC, and retiring in Charlotte NC in 1994. Mary Lou enjoyed their golf membership at Cramer Mountain CC and the beautiful azaleas that bloomed at their lovely brick home in Charlotte. She continued to develop lasting relationships with many neighbors at every stop along the way. Mary Lou and Charles moved to the Villages, FL in 2003 where she continued to enjoy an active lifestyle in the company of old friends and new. Mary Lou also took time to be an active member, along with her husband, with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Timothy Catholic Church. Mary Lou accompanied her husband on several worldwide journeys and cruises with friends and relatives. These adventures included visits to Africa, China, Europe, South America, French Polynesia, Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska. As a mother, Mary Lou was a consummate teacher and patient mentor to her six children who challenged her often with a diverse set of interests, capabilities, and talents. Mary Lou was a baking expert - her apple pie and cinnamon rolls could not be duplicated. She loved her children, grandchildren, and Jesus beyond all things and a joyous home was the result. She possessed a beautiful voice and sang often throughout the day while accomplishing her tasks at hand. Although petite in stature, she possessed a strong opinion on important matters and shared it often. She found most joy in her conversations with her children and grandchildren and delighted in their accomplishments. In addition to her parents, she was preceeded in death by a brother, Donald Sompel (Vera-living); two sisters, Irene Jordan (Eddie) and Joyce Stevey (Butch). Mary Lou “Mimi” is survived by her six children, David C. Ponitz (Shannon), Keith P. Ponitz (Sharon), Mary Anne Haneman (Mark), Greg P. Ponitz (Allison), Jon T. Ponitz (Lori), and William J. Ponitz; 16 grandchildren, James, Andrew, Lily, Kelsey Gardiner, Lindsey Schleicher, Charlie, Vail, Zachary, Ian, Madeline, Jack, Jacob, Chase Rachal, Tanner Rachal, Danielle Haneman, Ryan Haneman; and three great grandchildren, Ryan, Annie, and Emmerson. Mary Lou loved and found joy in them all. The friends and family who knew and loved Mary Lou will surely miss her laughter and sweet demeanor. She had an unwavering concern for others and an enduring passion for happiness and forgiveness. Mary Lou was called to serve God and all people with a smile on her face and a song in her heart. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 AM Saturday, March 2, 2024, at LEO M. BACHA FUNERAL HOME, INC., 516 Stanton Street, Greensburg followed by a funeral liturgy to be held at 11 AM in the funeral home with Msgr. James T. Gaston officiating. Private interment will be in Irwin Union Cemetery.  www.bachafh.com

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Visitation
Saturday
March 2, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, Inc.
516 Stanton Street
Greensburg, PA 15601

Funeral Liturgy
Saturday
March 2, 2024

11:00 AM
Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home, Inc.
516 Stanton Street
Greensburg, PA 15601

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