Mary Jo Heary | 83

May 31, 1938 - June 13, 2021
Mary Jo Heary, 83, of St. Marys, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the Elk Haven Nursing Home, after a brief illness.

She was born May 31, 1938, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Arthur J. and Clara Arnold Heary, Sr.  Mary Jo was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1956.  Together with her family, she was part owner and operator of Art Heary & Sons Furniture.  In fact, you couldn’t go into Art Heary & Sons without being greeted with her winning smile and easy conversation for 58 years.  She was always ready to talk and loved connecting families’ histories together.  Though she never married, she loved and was devoted to her family.  Mary Jo will be fondly remembered by all that knew her.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen Krug Heary of St. Marys; her nephews: James Heary, Jr. and his wife Anne Marie of St. Marys; Thomas Heary and his wife Julie of St. Marys; and John Heary of Plymouth Meeting, PA; and by her great-nieces and great-nephews: Marissa, Ryan, Sarah, Clara, and Dominic.

In addition to her parents, Mary Jo was preceded in death by her three brothers: Arthur J. Heary, Jr., James “Mouse” Heary, and George “Chicken” Heary.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

There will be no visitation.

Funeral and committal services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Marys Rotary Club, PO Box 923, St. Marys, PA  15857; Penn Highlands Community Nurses, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857; or to the Christian Food Bank, PO Box 1033, St. Marys, PA  15857.




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  1. Dear Heary Family, I was so sorry to read of the death of Mary Jo Heary. I lived next door to Heary’s Furniture for 15 years. In my early years in Saint Marys, I bought several items at Heary’s. Mary Jo was always so welcoming, friendly and helpful, which I really appreciated being new in the area. She took a personal interest in customers who came into the store. My condolences to all of your family, and my prayers for you during this sad time.

  2. Mary Jo was and always will be special to us. She was fun, loving, kind and intelligent. I loved seeing her many times before the virus. Then, I enjoyed speaking with her over the phone. Such a precious soul. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to the family.

  3. Nice lady. Now all of you in heaven having a lot of fun. Rest in peace.

  4. Mary Jo was a devoted classmate. She never missed a class event and always contributed something to make the event better. The class of 56 will miss her…she was the best…helped many of us decorate our in peace Mary Jo, we all miss you…

  5. She was a very special cousin with very kind heart. I will miss her dearly! Our family chats were always filled with laughs & stories of our times together. May God rest her soul!!!

  6. Extending our most heartfelt sympathies to the Heary family. Mary Jo was such a kind hearted, friendly person with a contagious smile. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    Much love,
    Dave & Susie

  7. Mary Jo was a good, good person and always a lady.
    I am so blessed that she was one of my dearest friends.
    I will really miss our visits and phone chats along with all the laughter and tears we shared. Truly she will be missed by many.
    Mary Jo was one of those people you know that go straight to heaven.
    May she now rest in peace.
    Dave & I send our sincere condolences to her family.
    With sympathy,
    Kay Gnan

  8. A wonderful, kind woman. Always enjoyed her at the store. Thoughts of sympathy to the Heary Families. Rest in God’s Peace Mary Jo, a life well-lived & great neighbors.

    The Herzings, Helen, Diane & Tom

  9. To The Heary Family, Dave and I loved this lady, she was so kind and fun. Every time we stopped by she greeted us with so much. We bought our king bed because of her. Her knowledge of furniture was wonderful. We send our prayers to her family. We were saddened to hear of her passing.

  10. I am so sad to hear of Mary Jo’s passing. She will certainly go straight to heaven. As I sit here reading her obituary, I am sitting on the couch she sold my husband and I a long, long time ago. She was such a great friend to my parents, Jim & Snooky Auman, and shopped at Auman’s Store right up until the time we closed. I used to carry her groceries out to her car on Sunday morning after Mass. What a great, great lady! I am sure there are warm reunions going on in heaven right now! My deepest sympathies to the Heary family. Barby Auman Little

  11. Mary Jo will be missed for her kindness and warmth she showed everybody. Every time I came to town she was the first person I went to see and this will leave a void in my life.
    Love….John & Sandra

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