LANGENBACH – Mary Catherine
It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Aunt Mary Catherine Langenbach on February 8, 2022 after a year-long illness. Mary was born in Kenmore, NY on February 17, 1934, and she was reunited in death with her parents, Catherine R. Langenbach and Leo Langenbach, and her brothers Joseph (Charlotte) and Michael Langenbach. We are all saddened by her loss. During her year-long health battle, her fight to get better was like no other. She surprised her family and the medical community as well.
Aunt Mary is survived by the eight nieces and nephews she adored. Michelle MaCove (Craig), Michael Langenbach, Jr., Matthew Langenbach, Mark Langenbach, Susan Hushaw (Dwayne), Maureen Langenbach, Marcie Langenbach-Mitchell (David), and Melissa (Colin) Hilton. She also leaves behind thirteen great nieces and nephews, Sarah Beguiristain, Michael and Madison Macove, Allana Langenbach, Erin and Nolan Mitchell, Dylan, Ryan, Colin, and Liam Hushaw, and Shane, Evan and Adam Hilton.
Mary was born and raised in Kenmore, and was a proud resident of Western NY for 87 years. She attended St. Paul’s Country Day School in Kenmore and she graduated from Mount St. Mary of Kenmore. She loved the beauty that Kenmore and Western New York had to offer, and never had plans to leave. Mary had a wonderful career with Bell Telephone Company (now Verizon) and after 40 years of service, she retired at an early age as a way to enjoy her life! She was a dedicated member of the St. Paul’s Choir at the Church in Kenmore, where she sang for over 30 years. Mary was also a volunteer at Artpark for the span of several years. Mary loved to bake, she was an avid reader and she spent years creating award-winning needlepoint pictures. She especially loved to travel to Las Vegas to visit her family. She was a phenomenal best friend to Jean and Nancy, and she adored her time with the members of her weekly craft club. More than anything she loved her dogs.
Our family will miss the traditions that Mary was able to keep alive after our parents’ passing. We will continue to gather as a family and share the amazing foods that have been made for over 80 years. Our favorite was her potato salad, but we will definitely never forget Mary’s chocolate chip cookies either. As we say goodbye to the matriarch of our family and the last living relative born a Langebach in that generation, we will miss sitting in Mary’s house on cold winter days, and watching it snow while the fireplace warmed our hearts. We will surely miss taking long walks on the Riverwalk in Tonawanda in the summer while enjoying ice cream. We will miss the never-ending, repeated stories she shared of her childhood and the traditions her parents instilled within her. We will think about her always, as we continue these precious traditions with our families.
Thank you, Aunt Mary for being a great example to us. With you leaving, our hearts are broken, but we know how blessed we are because you loved us! We are so happy you are finally at peace. In remembrance of Mary, volunteer your time to those in need. Everyone can use a little help.
A private family service for Mary will be held in July, 2022.
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