Mary Lou Symons Piasecki was born in Rostraver Township, PA on 9 January 1930 and grew up and graduated from high school in the nearby town of Monessen, PA. It was also here in Monessen that she met her future husband, Eugene Piasecki. Married in August 1950, then Army Sergeant Piasecki was sent to fight in the Korean War with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. Returning back to Monessen in June 1951, the Piasecki’s settled into civilian life where they raised three children. In 1961 Mary became an Army wife again when Eugene reenlisted during the Berlin Crisis. From then until Eugene finally retired from the Army in September1976, Mary and the children followed him to duty assignments in Maryland; Okinawa, Japan; and Fort Bragg, NC. While Eugene was completing his second tour of duty in South Vietnam, Mary remained in Fayetteville and was employed by Burkhead-Devane Printing Company.
Residing in Lillington, NC until Eugene’s death in February 1999, Mary returned to live independently in her own apartment Fayetteville. Here she remained active in her church devoting considerable time and efforts to assisting the pastor and her fellow parishioners. Diagnosed with an irreversible illness, Mary’s final years were spent as a resident of an assisted living facility.
Mary is survived by her three children, LTC (retired) Eugene Gordon Piasecki, Becky Piasecki Mauldin, Jeffrey Michael Piasecki, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a sister, Catherine Symons Voytish. In lieu of flowers request donations be made in her name to Liberty Hospice of Raeford, NC.
Funeral arrangements are currently being conducted. Burial and a grave-side service will take place at a date to be determined at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
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Mary Lou and self grew up together in Monessen Pa and enjoy many enjoyable times together as children going to church together, movies and many family reunions which were always a great thing on the Fourth of July with lots of relatives, friends and a bountiful table with ice cream following and fireworks all day long and again at night with Roman Candles and sky rockets. We kept in touch over the years and then got to see each other for a wonderful afternoon in Fayetteville. Since then we kept in touch by phone. We will sincerely miss her and her lilting voice. We offer our condolences and Prayers to Becky, Jeff, and Eugene. Especially Eugene letting us know about her passing. Also to the grandchildren that we have never had the priviledge ? to meet.
Submitted by Robert A. Symons Jr. (Bobby) on Apr 22 2017 06:50:18 PM
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