Mary Louise Sirrine, 82, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Born April 5, 1929 in St. Johns, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Margaret Andrews Puetz. She taught in a one-room rural schoolhouse before marrying her high school sweetheart, who became a Navy pilot. Mary spent the rest of her life seeing through the eyes of a Navy wife and stay-at-home mom, raising five children and babysitting for several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity. She loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the many friends they met throughout the years. Mary volunteered at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach where she was a member, helping out wherever she was needed. She and her husband enjoyed spending every summer at the lake in Crystal, MI, swimming, clearing the waterfront of rocks, and having fun with friends and family.
She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Jack D. Sirrine; four daughters, Marcia Reece of Ledyard, CT, Gail Orland and her husband, Raymond of Suffolk, Leigh Szarka of St. Johns, MI, and Janet Woodall and her husband, Jere of Dublin, OH; a son, Scott Sirrine and his wife, Lisa of Virginia Beach; twelve grandchildren, several great-grandchildren (with more on the way); and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 24, 2012, at 2:00PM, at the Church of the Holy Apostles, 1593 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.
The family would like to thank the staff of Pacifica Senior Living-Virginia Beach and Heartland Hospice for their tender and loving care during Mrs. Sirrine’s illness.
The family requests memorial donations to Church of the Holy Apostles or to the Alzheimer’s Association
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