Mary C. (Snyder) Pompe passed into heaven on January 7, 2013 and is rejoicing with Jesus Christ her Savior. She was born on February 7, 1924 in Paducah, KY to the late Bernard & Rosa Snyder. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School &then attended Darughn Business School in Paducah. She moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1947 & lived with her Aunt Lulu, who helped raised her when her Mom died when she was 11 months old. She worked in various office jobs before marrying Bill Pompe in 1949, whom she met at St. Mary’s young adult group in Phoenix, AZ. They were founding members of SS. Simon & Jude Church. After raising 5 kids, she worked for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office and then retired at 65. She enjoyed bowling, volunteering at SSJ & traveling including Europe (3 times) including Medjugori & Hawaii. She had many good friends, including her best friend, Helen Krcina. She ministered to the sick at Chrisridge Nursing Home with Sisters Claire & Anna from SSJ. She was involved in a Bible study at SSJ. She will be greatly missed by her children James, Cecelia McDermott, Linda Herman (Larry), Richard and Maggie Pulice (Greg), grandchildren Tina Craig, Eric McDermott, Beth Searcy (Alex), Mark Herman (Nicole), Matt Herman, Andrew Pulice & Rachel Pulice, great grandchildren Owen, Kayla, Bryce, Alex, McKenzie, Tyler, Connor & Brenna and two brothers. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill of 55 years and five of her siblings. We would like to thank Michele & John Morar for their wonderful care for Mary during these last 2 years. Visitation is 6- 8pm, Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, Phx.AZ 85018. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10am, Monday, January 14, 2013 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 6180 W. Utopia Rd., Glendale, AZ 85308. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Loreto Sisters Retirement Fund, SS. Simon & Jude Convent, 6351 N. 27th Ave, Phx, AZ 85017.
After hosting Christmas, Easter, and Thankgiving for so many years, I have to imagine our dear Aunt Mary is surely the guest of honor at a family party in heaven. When I think of her, I think of I think of the following: happy, noisy family gatherings; olives on our each of our fingers as kids; Easter egg hunts in the backyard; the swing on the cement slab; her bubbly nature contrasting to Uncle Bill’s quiet contentment; playing Trivial Pursuit and board games in one of the bedrooms after dinner; pictures of all of her grandchildren as babies on her bedroom wall; making gravy for Thanksgiving with Linda on the stove; the stepstool that was always folded in the kitchen; attending our First Communions; family photos and prayers around her mirror; hosting Father Cornelius; the Christmas tree in front of the window with tinsel; slyly handing me a chocolate foil bunny at Easter; beaming at Maggie’s wedding; and an endless twinkle in her eyes. Thank you Aunt Mary for welcoming us into your family when we were new to Arizona. Thank you for so many wonderful memories. You leave a legacy of a tight knit family and unconditional love for so many of us. Love, Jen
I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of your family at this time, and that I wish you peace. I know that you took such good care of Aunt Mary and I am sure that she is forever in your hearts.
I’ll always remember the wonderful Thanksgivings held at Aunt Mary’s house growing up. She provided a terrific environment. Great memories.