Mary E. Loncke
January 5, 1940 – March 29, 2021
She always signed her name as Mary E. Loncke, because there were other Mary Loncke’s. Truthfully, there was nobody quite like Mary E. Loncke. Her goal was not necessarily to have a long life but to have a good one. She accomplished both.
Born Mary Elizabeth Nagy, she was predeceased by her Mother Victoria Keleman (1973) and her Father Charles Nagy (1974), eldest sister Margaret (1999) and brother-in-law Jim Pongracz (2014). Mary is survived by younger sister Violet Nagy of Delhi, nephews Fred (Catherine deceased 2014), Bob, Frank, and Jim (LuAnn) Pongracz. She had a special bond with some of her great nieces and nephew: Anthony (Melissa) Pongracz, Stephanie Pongracz (Rick), Jennifer Malcolm (Kevin), Tanya Pongracz, and with her 2 great-grand-nieces Olivia and Ally.
Mary enjoyed life! She did well in her academic and sports endeavors but excelled in sociability. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Hamilton in 1962, where she made lifelong friends. Her love, and specialty, was being a Nurse in the Operating Room. She spent a few years in the OR at Norfolk General Hospital before departing for the OR in London’s Victoria Hospital.
Mary’s residence in Old South became her beloved home. She was able to pursue her passions of Art History at UWO, visiting European museums, and skiing, even taking her “adopted” nephew with her to Whistler. She volunteered as an usher at London Little Theatre as well as The Grand. Line dancing was a retirement endeavor, she ‘loved’ it, and while travelling extensively, often on cruise ships, she enjoyed the camaraderie of her groups and dancing itself. Her fur babies were her company at home.
She wasn’t interested in global affairs or depressing news. Mary was always ‘UP’; always an available shoulder for her friends in need, and for Mary, once a friend, always a friend. She was extremely loyal. Her wide network of London friends returned that loyalty, and their friendship and assistance was much appreciated, particularly during her short hospitalization.
In keeping with Mary’s expressed wishes cremation has taken place. Due to COVID 19, no formal services are being planned at this time. Memorial donations to the Grand Theatre or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation are appreciated and may be made directly, or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe St., Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 2J8 (519-409-5575) entrusted with final arrangements. Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared at wareingcremation.ca