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The loss of a true lady

Resident Home Association and Partners For Community Living extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mary LaFalce. Mary was 79 years young when she passed away on April 30. Mary epitomized everything you think of when you think of a lady. She was soft-spoken, carried herself with dignity, had a great flair for fashion and accessories. She loved to go to the opera and to travel with her sister to visit family in Italy, Arizona and Michigan.

Mary Art & SoulShe embraced family. She moved to Dayton in 1988 to be near her sister Vincenzia Krymow and her family. She loved her niece and nephew. In 1989 she became a part of the extended family of Resident Home, living for many years in our apartment program before moving to our Elru home. She enjoyed decorating her own room and helped decorate the entire home for the holidays. She had a great decorating sense as well as her fashion sense. One of her original pieces of art was selected for exhibit in the 22 county Art & Soul juried art exhibit and she beamed with pride as she was recognized for her artistic achievement. One of her favorite things to do was participate in our RHA Senior Group every Wednesday.

She gave fully to every endeavor. She retired from her job at Courtyard by Marriott in 2001. She gave fully to her faith as well. She was a long-time member of the Faith and Light Group at St. Charles Parish. She was also a volunteer with the University of Dayton’s Marian Library. She had been a member of Queen of Apostles Parish, St. Leonard’s Faith Community and, more recently, Precious Blood Parish.

It was hard for those of us who knew her to think of her as a senior citizen or as “old.” She was perennially young.  Nothing speaks more eloquently about that then the fact that just this past Valentine’s Day Mary went out on her very first date in her life, a date with Steve Shock. She and Steve participated in Senior Group activities every week and had grown fond of each other. steve and mary

She was giddy about going out “like they do in the movies” she announced. The Valentine’s couple went to Scene 75 for some mini golf and then to Olive Garden for a romantic dinner, complete with a delicious chocolate dessert they shared together as a couple. She had shared with staff that she was hoping for a good-night kiss. That kiss happened – a very gentlemanly kiss befitting the occasion with such a beautiful lady.

That she had such a moment, that she showed us all that love is not merely for the young, that classic beauty and elegance never go out of style, that she lived a full and rich life touched by the love of her sister and her family and by all of us who consider her our family brings some comfort at her passing. She was softness and gentility and strength and love all wrapped up in one small lady. What a gift she was to us all!