Mary E. (Forney) Macel
November 28, 1921 - September 26, 2021
Visitation: Monday, October 4, 2021 4-7 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home Inc. Ross Twp.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Teresa of Avila Church, Tuesday October 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Mary Elizabeth”Betty” Macel
Mary Elizabeth”Betty” Macel of Ross Township passed away peacefully at home on September 26, 2021 at the age of 99 years old.
Betty was predeceased by her husband, John, after 50 years of marriage, and her parents, Margaret Mohan and Earl H. Forney, her sister, Dorothy Jane Miller, her brother, John T. Forney, and her grandson, Brian Fiore.
She is survived by her six children, Jane(Daniel) Fiore of Montclair, NJ, Joan(Michael) Paliotta of San Jose,CA, John(Patty) Macel of Tierra Verde, FL, Joyce(Roger) Diederich of McDonald, PA, Jeanne(Michael) Mueller of Naples, FL, and Jill Grimes of Columbus, OH. She was beloved by her eleven grandchildren, Aimee, Brian, Jennifer, Jeannine, Amanda, John Arthur, Emily, Joseph, Jaclyn, Jordan, and Jonathan. Fondly known as “Gigi,”she had eleven adoring great grandchildren, Lauren, Luke, Gracie, Zoe, Ava, Maise, Gemma, Vale and George and great great grandchildren, Aurora and Jack. Betty had unbounded love for all with her beautiful smile, loving touch and joy for playing cards.
Betty was a devoted parishioner of St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in North Hills for48 years. She was an active participant in the Christian Mothers and many community organizations, having previously served in West Virginia as President and Grand Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America. Betty supported many Catholic missions. Her strong faith, belief in God’s goodness and daily prayers were sources of great comfort and strength.
Betty had a long and wonderful life surrounded by devoted family, compassionate caregivers, and loving neighbors, The family wants to especially thank Patti and Bill Watt, Tom Lisak, and Judy Dames, Eucharistic Minister. The exceptional caregivers at Bright Star over the past years were extraordinary, especially, Megan, NuNu, Stephanie, Patty, Erum, Tabby, Barbara, Mary, Tammie, and Christine. The family wants to express our heartfelt gratitude to all for cherishing Betty like family and for their unwavering love and outstanding generosity and support.
Betty always considered herself as very blessed and said her greatest accomplishment were her six wonderful children and their families. Raising her family was Betty’s passion. She was also an avid reader, loved playing cards, especially bridge, enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles, and was a creative seamstress and craftsperson while actively volunteering in community service projects. When asked about her secret for longevity she would respond, “Go with the flow.” She was a perpetual shining light in the world and an inspiration to all. Betty’s miraculous life of survival brought faith and hope to all who knew her. Betty had an amazing strength and a powerful spirit. She was a source of wise counsel enlightening many with her positive outlook on life.
Betty leaves us now, having lived her long life as a testament of what divinely inspired goodness is, and how precious it is for each of us to follow her example of unconditional love. Betty’s passing leaves an enormous void that is only comforted by knowing she now rests in God’s loving arms.
Family and friends will be received Monday 4-7 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1000 Avila Ct., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Tuesday 10:00 a.m. Donations can be made to St. Jude or St Theresa of Avila Church. Interment will be at St. George’s Cemetery.