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Mary A. Sweeney

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

came to America at age 16

Mary Angela “Mitzi” Sweeney, 89, died peacefully July 5, 2019, at home.

Born Jan. 13, 1930 in Northampton, she was the daughter of the late Josef and Gisela Trinkl.

She lived a life filled with adventure, spending her youth in Pirching, Austria, and surviving the difficult wartime years.

Boarding a ship to America alone at 16, she settled in Allentown, fell in love and raised her family, traveling between her two homelands over the years.

Always smiling, her family remembers her best in her pink kitchen, listening to Austrian music, in a crisp white apron, wooden spoon in hand.

Family members all thought she was just cooking and baking — serving Wiener schnitzel, Salzstangerl, Kipferl, Apfelstrudel, and Palatschinken.

They realize now it was actually her own brand of magic. She brought friends, family and strangers to the table, where she fed and loved them all.

In her memory, bring some of her magic into your daily life. Make time to call a friend and share a meal.

The world is a better place when we open our hearts and homes as she did throughout her joyful life.

“Wir sind nur Gast auf Erden. Wenn die Kraft zu Ende geht, ist Erlösung eine Gnade.”

A loyal and devoted wife, mother and Omi, she is survived by her daughter Christine Edmonds of Newtown; son William Joseph, and his wife, Andrea, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandchildren Kevin Harrison, Adrienne and Eleanor; beloved brother Stefan; sister-in-law Valeria Stalsitz, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband; William “Bubber;” her sisters Angela and Stella; brother Josef; and son-in-law Kevin Edmonds.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. July 12 in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., Whitehall.

Friends may call 10-11 a.m. in the church foyer.

Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Whitehall.

A separate celebration will be held later in the summer in Newtown.

Arrangements were made by Gilbert Funeral Home, Whitehall.