Mary Theresa Walter
1895 -1988


Mary Theresa Walter was born on 17 Mar 1895 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to parents Henry Walter and Theresa Landstein.1   (In the St. Nicholas Church baptism registry, her birth date was 16 Mar 1895.)   She was Baptized on 22 Mar 1895 at St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.1   Her godparents were:  Maria and Joseph Landstein.1 

Her mother died in March 1895 from septicemia (apparently a post-partum infection).  Her father died in 1897 from comsumption (tuberculosis).

In the 1900 census, "Marmie" was 5 years old, born in March 1895 in Pennsylvania.  She was living with her grandparents at 40 Lehigh Street, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania.

In the 1910 census, Mary was 15 years old.  She was living with her grandparents and 3 uncles at 40 Lehigh Street, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania.  She was working as a clerk in a Dry Goods store.

In the 1920 census, Mary T. Walter was living with her aunt, Mary Cronauer, at 47 Moyallen Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  She was working as a saleslady in a department store.

In the 1930 census, Mary was 35 years old, married 6 years, and living with her husband, 3 sons and her aunt, Mary Cronauer, at 47 Moyallen Street, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania.  She was not working.

She died on 7 Jul 1988.     Picture

Obituary:  Mrs. Mary T. Purcell, 93, formerly of 125 S. Pioneer Ave., Trucksville, died Thursday (7 Jul 1988) in Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas, following a two-year illness.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, March 17, 1895, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Walter, she resided her entire life in the Wyoming Valley, spending the last 50 years in the Back Mountain.  Mrs. Purcell was a member of St. Therese's Church, Shavertown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L., who served for more than 40 years as promotion manager for the former Boston Store, on June 10, 1986.

Surviving are sons William F., Harveys Lake, Joseph W., Dallas, Attorney James L., Garden City, Long Island, NY; daughter Mrs. Robert (Mary T.) Siani, Warren, NJ; 24 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, 140 N. Main St., Shavertown, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Therese's Church.  Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.


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