OBITUARY

Mary Elizabeth Pizza

February 7, 1941February 6, 2019
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PIZZA, Mary (Frey), 77, of Centerville, OH, passed away February 6, 2019. Born on February 7, 1941, in Dayton, Ohio. Mary retired in 2015 after a 50+ year career as a registered nurse. Preceded in death by her parents, Luverne J. and Adeline V. Frey. She was a member of the Centerville Sister City Committee and the Centerville Garden Club. Mary is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joseph L. Pizza and her four loving children: Leonard J. (Carol) Pizza, Michael J. (Melissa) Pizza, Joseph J. (Anita Pfriem) Pizza, and Cynthia A. (Christopher) Wilson; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; sister, Katherine (Frey) Klain. Visitation, Monday, February 11, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Tobias Funeral Home – Far Hills Chapel and Tuesday, February 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 at the Church of the Incarnation, Centerville, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s name to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society would be appreciated. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, February 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Mary Elizabeth Pizza

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Eileen Baker

February 13, 2019

Dear Joe.
I was so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was one of the nicest people I have ever known… always had a smile.
Ted and I treasured our trip to Germany and beyond with both of you.
I will always remember the surprise of meeting you and Mary at the “leaning tower of Pisa” and learning we were neighbors. After our chance meeting Ted and I took a Sister City trip with you and have many great memories from that tour.
You may not know that we lost Ted last May and I sincerely have sympathy for your loss.

May God bless and comfort you and your family.

Mike Mooney

February 11, 2019

Joe,
It's been awhile since we went through the hallowed halls of Seton Hall High School but you and your wife were part of our Class of '58 family. Ellen and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.
As a brother in the Corps, this United States Marine will also keep you and Mary close to my heart. Semper Fidelis, my brother.
Mike Mooney
Class of '58
United States Marine Corps
1959-1965

Melissa Howard

February 11, 2019

I had the honor of working with Mary for six years at PriMED Springboro Pediatrics. She was more than a mentor to me. She has taught me far more than any textbook, classroom, or clinical experience could have ever taught me. She was my sounding board, my Panera lunch buddy, my walking partner at North Park, and a wonderful friend. I hadn't realized just how much she touched me until after she retired and I didn't get to see her as much. Mary sent the best cards. I still have every one of the cards she sent to me. Thanks for being such an amazing as well as influential friend. You were the best 2nd Mom a girl could have. Praying for Joe as well as each of her four children and grandchildren (that she was incredibly proud of) during this difficult time in your family.

Sandy Dietsch

February 10, 2019

I was fortunate to be able to work with and learn from Mary at Northwest Dayton Pediatrics. Her gentleness and kindness was a true inspiration. She was a blessing to all around her.

Mrs. Carla Bunch

February 7, 2019

So very sorry to hear about Mary , I knew her from Centerville garden club she was always a kind sweet lady and always had a smile ,.sending prayers and hugs to your family.

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