Mary Sham

May 19, 1929 - September 21, 2023

Service: Memorial Service October 21, 2023 at 12:00 PM at St. Marys Cemetery Chapel 4000 Mt. Troy Road , Pittsburgh PA 15214

Mary Sham of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, beloved wife of 43 years to Joseph A. Sham, passed peacefully on September 21, 2023. Daughter of Michael F. and Josephine (Mazeika) McCabe. Aunt to Patrick Jr., William (Diane), and Edward (Barbara); Mary is survived by brother Patrick and preceded by her brother Michael “Mickey” McCabe.
Stepmother to Joseph (Ellen), Daniel (Marion); Grandmother to Dana, Joshua, and Noah.

Mary was a person of many interests. She enjoyed listening to music and playing the organ. Photography, painting, stamp art, among others. She enjoyed the outdoors and had a great love for animals, especially her dogs and cats. Mary was quite the story teller and enjoyed being in the company of family and friends. She enjoyed her Bible study group and was a faithful member of Allison Park Church. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held on October 21, 2023 at St. Mary’s Cemetery Chapel 4000 Mt. Troy Rd. Pittsburgh Pa. 15214.

In lieu of flower, donations can be made in Mary’s name to Western Pa Humane Society at 412-345-7300

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  • Ellie

    Thinking about you today. Sorry we can’t have one of our phone chats.

  • Jennifer Hartz

    My dearest Mary, we were divinely appointed and your memories will forever live in my heart. I will never forget moving in next door and how Joe softly asked if I would be your friend requesting that we meet for tea. From that day forward, we were sole mates that marched to the same beat. Age and blood did not matter. I confided secrets, we shared stories, we laughed and cried together. We shared experiences at Allison Park Church uniting families and friends. You watched over our family and animals like they were your own. I felt safe with you next door as a neighbor and knew I could call on you anytime. We celebrated holidays, birthdays and milestones. We enjoyed dinners, lunch and margaritas. I invited you to our son’s sonogram and you were the first to learn the gender amazed by the image on the screen. Your touch, smile and embrace were warm and giving. Your eyes were knowing and thoughts were cleaver and witty. I could read you like a book as though we were one. You were strong, beautiful, talented, stubborn, kind and true to God’s word. To my kids, you were like family extended by a driveway with affirmation and devotion. You were the voice on the other line talking for hours like schoolgirls or like a mother would listen to a daughter. I will forever be endowed to our friendship and cherish the times with the Shams. Thank you for watching over us then as I know you will continue to watch over us all now as our angel. I hope you are cuddling our furbabies in a menagerie of animals in heaven surrounded by your portraits and beautiful music.

    Proverbs 27:17 proclaims: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.

  • Deb Balobeck

    Though I’ve only been with you in person a few times Mary I loved the FB comments you always left me. You were always praying for someone and it was appreciated. You are in good company in heaven with Jim who I know you missed badly and with Dot. God bless you and keep you Mary.

  • Dennis Marous

    Mary was a fun-loving person, always challenging her talents with the next project in art, music, nature and computer technology. She loved people and always enjoyed being around family. There is some peace in knowing she is now with her beloved husband Joe who preceded her passing in March. God bless you Mary, say hello and give a big hug to Dot my wife when you see her in heaven.
    D. Marous

  • Stuart E Chandler

    So sorry to see you go, you were such a wonderful, interesting and talented person.

  • Jocelyn Hartz

    Mary was like a bonus grandmother to me. My family and I moved in next door to her and I grew up with her constantly right by her side. Many knew me as the little girl that would always be over being handed pennies and dollar bills. She was a big animal lover and adored our dogs as if they were her own, now she is peacefully in heaven with them. Her memory is bitter sweet and she will always be remembered just as her husband was, kind, wholehearted, loving, and caring. She was an absolute angel that was put on this earth and will continue the rest of her eternal life with all the people she loved as she stays right by our sides.


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