Mary “Candy” Klotz, 92, most recently of Silver Spring, MD, passed away in her sleep on November 28, 2018, surrounded by those she loved. Born in McKeesport, PA, to the late Michael and Berthe “Bessie” Sidor Wargo, Mary was a resident of Duquesne for 15 years before moving to Munhall, where she resided with her beloved husband, Michael J. Klotz, until his death in 2011. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church in Duquesne. As a homemaker, Mary is best remembered for her sparkling clean home, and cooking and baking skills. Family and neighbors looked forward to bountiful platters of homemade cookies and baked goods for the holidays, and it was not uncommon for her to hand-deliver casseroles of her secret macaroni and cheese dish to neighbors throughout the year. Ahead of the times, she practiced yoga and began studying the health benefits of herbs and food as medicine in the 1960’s.
Mary was an avid reader who enjoyed the Great American Road Trip, taking more than a few with her late husband Mike. She enjoyed summers fishing near Lake Erie, playing bingo, and a good game of cards. Mary was preceded in death by her son, Joseph R. Sinai Jr; husband Michael J. Klotz; granddaughter, Chrissy Lawson; and brothers Michael, Charles “Chaz,” and John Wargo; and sister Liz Criscuola of Brooklyn, NY. She is survived by two daughters, Candice Sinai and Carol Lawson; by her pride and joy grandchildren Jesse Willner and Maya Willner; and sons-in-law Joseph McGloin and Jimmy Lawson. Other survivors are nieces and nephews Terry Criscuola, Lois Praskovich, Joanie Sutter, Diane Stiteler, John Praskovich, Duane Senay, and Terry Senay.
Family and Friends are welcome to pay their respects at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne Friday, November 29, from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m.. A Blessing in the Memorial Home at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, will be followed by a Funeral Liturgy of Christian Burial officiated by Father John Cuccarro at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne. Burial will follow in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin.
Originally published November 29, 2018.