Mary Elizabeth Sorlete (nee Sciarrone), of Tower City, passed away December 31st at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown. She was born May 4th, 1926, in Pottsville to the late Rocco and Guiseppina Sciarrone. She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters: The Most Reverend Rosario F. Sciarrone, Domenica Guth, Anna Barbetti, Joseph Sciarrone, and Helen Sciarrone. Surviving is her most beloved sister, J. Louise Sciarrone, Drexel Hill.
Mary was a 1944 graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School. She then attended Women's Homeopathic Hospital's nursing program in Philadelphia and was a member of the US Cadet Nurse Corps, serving through WWII until her graduation from nursing school in 1948. Mary worked as an Operating Room Specialist at St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia following her service in the Corps.
She then married, moved to New York and had four children. In 1989, Mary retired from nursing from Flushing Hospital, Queens, and returned to Pennsylvania.
Mary is also survived by her four children: Maria Keith, Philadelphia; Rafael Lopez (Tawny), Maryland; Robert Sciarrone, Mount Pocono; and Josephine Roma (Samuel), Tower City, who also cared for her at home, and the three family dogs, Jake, Charlie (her particular favorite), and Molly, who provided many hours of love, comfort, and entertainment during Mary's final year. She also leaves behind 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was deeply loved by all and will be missed by all who knew her...even briefly.
In lieu of cards and flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Mary's name to Pets for the Elderly Foundation, 530 E Hunt Hwy, Suite 103B, PMG472, San Tan Valley, AZ 85143 or your local no-kill shelter.
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