Mary C. Tucker

December 16, 1929 - January 3, 2021
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Mary C. Tucker, 91, of New Philadelphia, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her home following a recent illness.

A daughter of a Lutheran minister, the late Rev. Lloyd M. Riggle and his wife, Anna Caroline Riggle, Mary was born December 16, 1929 at Minerva, Ohio.

Mary graduated from Strasburg High School and …

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Mary C. Tucker, 91, of New Philadelphia, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her home following a recent illness.

A daughter of a Lutheran minister, the late Rev. Lloyd M. Riggle and his wife, Anna Caroline Riggle, Mary was born December 16, 1929 at Minerva, Ohio.

Mary graduated from Strasburg High School and continued her education at Capital University, Kent State University and Ashland University where she obtained a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Education. She served as a teacher for almost 35 years in both the Canton City School District and the Dover City School District, retiring in 1989. Mary loved teaching and enjoyed watching the advancement of her students.

On October 19, 1950, Mary married William J. Tucker in Emmanuel Lutheran Church at New Philadelphia. The couple shared nearly 70 years of marriage prior to William’s passing on September 19, 2020.

She was a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Over the years, Mary taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and served with various women’s groups in the church. During her younger years, Mary enjoyed playing the organ and piano for various churches that her father pastored.

Mary was also active in many other organizations including the Fortnightly Music Club for over 50 years, the Tuscarawas County College Club, American Association of University Women, Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Tuscarawas County Retired Teachers, Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.

Following her retirement from teaching, Mary served as a volunteer in the gift shop of Union Hospital and for Mobile Meals for many years.

She enjoyed traveling with William over the years with some of their most notable destinations being, Europe, Alaska, the Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Mary also enjoyed their yearly vacations to Myrtle Beach. Following their retirement, Mary and William enjoyed spending time on their houseboat at Atwood Lake.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and John Wright of Medina, Ohio and Sally and Lou Mascia of Wellington, Florida; her grandchildren, Mary (Shannon) Burns, Emily Michelle (Ryan) Pruchnicki, John Wright, Tim (Danielle) Mascia and Jillian (Kris) Smith; her great-grandchildren, Otto Wright, Estella and Adalyn Burns and Katherine, Jackson, Tucker and Lincoln Pruchnicki; two brothers, Theodore “Ted” (Bonnie) Riggle of New Concord, Ohio and Timothy (Barbara) Riggle of Berea, Ohio and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her siblings, Winifred Teale, Phillip Luther and Lester and Paul Riggle.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Emmanuel Lutheran Church at New Philadelphia. A funeral service celebrating Mary’s life will follow at 12:00 p.m. in the church with Rev. Robert Linsz and Rev. Stephen Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Union Cemetery at Strasburg.

Due to COVID 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are required to wear a mask while attending the visitation and service.

Contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 202 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 and/or to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

End Time: 12:00 pm

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

202 East High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Due to COVID 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are required to wear a mask while attending the visitation and service.


Service Information

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

202 East High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

| Map

Due to COVID 19, safety precautions will be taken. The 6-foot rule will be honored and all guests are required to wear a mask while attending the visitation and service.


Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021

Grandview Union Cemetery

Address:

4288 Dundee Strasburg Rd Nw, STRASBURG, OH, 44680

Donation Information

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

202 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: December 16, 1929
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Michele Hubble posted on 1/10/21

Susan and Sally and families, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I remember her as being one of the kindest people I knew - always a calm, pleasant demeanor. I'm sure she'll be deeply missed by many. Wishing you all the comfort of your happiest memories. Michele Krieger Hubble

 

John and Patty Reppart posted on 1/10/21

We are sorry for your loss, Ted and Bonnie and family. She had a loving and long life but it still is hard to lose a loved one. Our love and prayers are with you all. God’s blessings.

 

Lisa Avera posted on 1/8/21

Sue, Mick and Family, Love and prayers for you and your entire family. May God comfort you at this time. Lisa Avera

 

Carole Dapoz posted on 1/8/21

Dear Susan and Sally, I am deeply sadden by your great loss of your dear mother. I have shared many happy times with her in teaching, house boating at Atwood Lake and simply visiting and spending time together. She deeply loved you girls, your father and all of your wonderful family. She spoke so often with love for her grandchildren, and how much sh enjoyed face time with them as they shared the activities of her great, great grandchildren Sincerely, Carole Dapoz

 

Josephine LONGER posted on 1/7/21

To the Family of Mary, My sincere condolences to you for the loss of your loved one. Mary was the first person that I met when we moved to the area in 1954 from Canton where I taught school in the same building where Mary had been teaching. We had many happy times in our early years! May you be comforted with happy memories. Most sincerely, Jo Longer

 

Marcia McAfee Hartline posted on 1/7/21

So sorry to hear about your mom, had a lot of fun in high school with them. You are in my thoughts & prayers

 

Pat Nazaroff posted on 1/7/21

Our deepest sympathy to each of Mary’s family. She was a lovely friendly person and we were glad your Mother and Father lived in our neighborhood. She talked with great love for her family. The Lord bless and be with each of you. Love, Peter and Pat Nazaroff

 

Janet Riggle Hultberg posted on 1/7/21

So many wonderful things to remember about sweet Aunt Mary. She was always so calm and comforting. (unlike her brother ;-) I always appreciated her great meals and smile. I wish I could be there to celebrate her life with you. A big hug and love from Colorado!

 

Rita Storrie posted on 1/6/21

Susan, Sally and families, I’m sending heartfelt condolences to you all the from myself and my mother Elaine Beaber Goddard. Your mother was a very special friend of Mom’s from Fortnightly Music Club. They were members together for decades and in the most recent years that they attended always drove to the meetings together. Mom is currently at Park Village Southside and because of Covid will not be able to attend the memorial service but she wanted you to know how special her friendship with your mother was and that she so sorry for your loss. We will both keep you and your families in our prayers.

 

Dave and Ruth Meese posted on 1/6/21

So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. She and Bill made a great couple. Both will be greatly missed by all who knew them. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

 

Cathleene L Kiel posted on 1/6/21

Sally and Susan, This has been a tough year! I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mom and also your dad. Both parents were like second parents to me. Thanks for all the great memories and the laughter! Many prayers for comfort for all of you. Cathy Kiel

 

Melody Criss posted on 1/5/21

So sad to hear Aunt Mary was my favorite Aunt,I have so many great memories of having sleep overs as a little girl. She is now with the love of her life and our Lord

 

MR. KEVIN B. & DR. DENISE MCENROE PETITTE posted on 1/5/21

Deeply sadden by your loss, our deepest sympathy to all!

 

Becky Ferris posted on 1/5/21

Dear Ohio family. My Aunt Mary will always hold a special place in my heart. I wish I could be there with you all celebrating My Aunt Mary’s life. Love and miss you all!

 

Georgie Bahler posted on 1/5/21

My Aunt Mary helped my Mom (Winnie) raise me when I was very young, and she a teenager. She was a wonderful person who loved and was loved by so many people. All of us will miss her. Georgie Teale Bahler

 

Margaret Ann Scherer Brunner posted on 1/5/21

My second grade teacher!! And then I had the privilege of teaching with her at East School in Dover. I always would tell her that she and Mrs. Armstrong were the ones who inspired me to be a teacher. I loved her so! Sympathies to all of you. She touched so many with her beautiful smile and kind ways. Margaret Ann Scherer Brunner

 

Pamela Rosten posted on 1/5/21

Dear Susan, Sally and families- There are no words. Praying for God’s peace for you all. Sincerely, Pamela Parson Rosten

 

Berit McMillan posted on 1/5/21

I have such fond memories of Mary and Bill when she taught at South School in Dover, and Bill was wood-crafting. Mary was a shining example of warmth and love she she shared with her students and colleagues; she adored her daughters and Bill. Condolences to all of her family, remember all the good times. Berit McMillan

 

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