Apex Funeral Home


Mary Helen Nemecek

August 22, 1937October 19, 2017

Mary Helen Nemecek, 80, died on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was born to Andrew and Kathleen (McKenna) Smith on August 22, 1937 in Athy, County Kildare, Ireland, the fifth of six children. After a happy childhood, she left Ireland at age 20 to join her two older sisters in New York City. It was there that she met the love of her life, Dominik "Don" Nemecek, who had immigrated to New York from Slovakia as a boy. They were married in 1963 and three years later moved from the Bronx to Eastchester, New York, where they raised their five children and lived until moving to Cary, North Carolina in 2004.

In the Irish tradition, Mary possessed a strong Catholic faith. She loved baking, knitting, walking on the beach, and loud and lively gatherings. And more than anything, she loved time with her family and was so proud of her children and grandchildren.

Don predeceased Mary in 2006. She is survived by her daughter Paula King of Cary, North Carolina; son Philip Nemecek of Eastchester, New York; son Michael Nemecek of Raleigh, North Carolina; son David Nemecek of Orange, Connecticut; son Mark Nemecek of Eastchester, New York; by her son-in-law and four daughters-in-law; by nine grandchildren; and by a brother, three sisters, 24 nieces and nephews and their families. All will fondly remember her quick wit, irrepressible laughter, and abundance of common sense.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27 at the Apex Funeral Home in Apex, North Carolina. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex. Send online condolences to In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society (


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 27, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 28, 2017


Mary Helen Nemecek

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Mark Nemecek

November 4, 2017

To the best mother a child could ever want or dream of. You gave all of us love and laughter and placed in each of your children the best parts of you, which there were so many. We love you forever Mom and will always smile thinking of you.

Cristin Fenzel

October 30, 2017

My family has such wonderful memories of Mary. I feel so blessed to have had her as a caretaker when I was a baby. Sending love and my deepest sympathies.

October 28, 2017

We will always cherish the special memories of Mary. She will remain in our and our children's hearts forever. With love and deepest sympathy, Alfred & Arlene Fenzel

October 27, 2017

Please accept our profound condolences.
Ed and Lillian Halloran

Ruth Tripp

October 25, 2017

Sympathy and prayers to Mary's large family. I will miss seeing her at Mass at St. Andrew's. Although I didn't know her personally, I knew her as a smiling, pleasant person and parishioner whom I greeted before Mass. May she now rest in peace. Sincerely, Ruth Tripp, Usher 11:30 Sunday Mass

October 25, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family. It is truly a blessing Mary lived a long life. She remind me of Psalm 90:10, an especially strong individual. She will always be remembered by many people.