Mary Auman Durling, 89, a resident of Asbury Heights in Pittsburgh, died peacefully on July 12, 2013 after enduring the debilitating effects of dementia.
She was born in Kersey, daughter of the late George and Anna Leismeister Auman.
Mary was a longtime resident of Pittsburgh and was a graduate of the St. Francis Nursing School, the United States Cadet Nursing Corps. Mary retired from the former St. Francis Hospital where she was the nursing administrator and worked for 50 years at St. Francis and remains a St. Francis alumnus.
On Oct. 27, 1958, in the St. Joseph's Church in the Bloomfield community of Pittsburgh, she married Richard J. Durling. Richard was a World War II D-Day veteran as chief editor for the U.S. Army News Corp. in London, Berlin, and points between. Richard worked for the Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph, N.Y. Herald Tribune, N.Y. Times, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Richard, aka 'Dick', preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1970.
Mary was a member of the St. Catherine of Sienna Church in the Beechview section of Pittsburgh.
Mary is survived by her only beloved son Jim Durling and his wife Demetra Moutis of Montreal, Quebec, Canada; a sister, Martha Baumer of Altoona; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters, Bernadette Card, Celeste Bures, Salome Schreiber, Cecelia Ciccotello, Eva Grotzinger, and Imelda Frey; and four brothers, Paul Auman, Eugene Auman, Francis Auman and Jerome Auman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Catherine of Sienna Church on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 10 a.m., with the Reverend Pastor James Bachner officiating. Graveside service in the St. Boniface Cemetery in Kersey on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Mary is sadly missed and forever in the hearts of her many friends who cherished her compassionate caring, friendship, humor, joy, kindness, love, presence, selflessness, and work ethic along with many other qualities.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 6028 Smithfield Street, Boston, Elizabeth Twp., Pennsylvania. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.