Mary P. Lewis

June 17, 1926 - October 8, 2016

06/17/1926 - 10/08/2016

Past Services

Wednesday October 12, 2016
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-2426 | Directions
Wednesday October 12, 2016
10:00 am - 11:45 am
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Bellaire Chapel
441 37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-1611 | Directions
Wednesday October 12, 2016
12:00 pm
St. John Catholic Church
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-0051 | Directions

Mary Philippa Lewis, 90 of St. Clairsville, Ohio died Saturday, October 8, 2016 at  Liza’s Place in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The daughter of the late Vincent (Luisi) Lewis and Rose Ianzito Lewis, she was born June 17, 1926 in Bellaire, Ohio, where she lived prior to moving to Akron, Ohio in 1946. She returned home to Belmont County in 2011.

A graduate of Bellaire High School and the College of Wooster, she was a member of The Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta honoraries, President of the Women’s Self-Government Judicial Board, shared in the Galpin Prize for the Outstanding Graduating Senior and was one of fourteen graduating participants in its highly-touted Round Robin (ongoing since 1947). She received an MBA in Finance and Investment from George Washington University.

Prior to her return to St. John’s Catholic Church in Bellaire, she was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Akron. Mary was a lifetime member of the Phi Betta Kappa Society, the Bellaire High School Alumni Association, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She was a member of  the Sons of Italy Lodge 754 and a charter member of The Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society.

After working at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Akron in the Economics and Tax Departments, she was selected as a Management Intern by the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC where she coordinated international tax seminars, taxpayer education courses and retired as Senior Staff Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations. Mary was a Certified Financial Planner (College of Financial Planning, Denver, Colorado). At her retirement, she received the Albert Gallatin Award from the Department of the Treasury.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brothers, Joe Lewis (his wife, Peggy) and Pat Lewis, nephew, Albert Lewis; and great nephew, Robert Williams.

She is survived by her nephew, Vince (Sandy) Lewis of Shadyside, nieces, Patrice (Robert) Williams of Shadyside, and Penny Lewis Fox of St. Clairsville, Ohio. Also great nieces and great nephew, Sherry Lewis (Clint) Wach of Hilliard, Ohio,, Jill Lewis (Autumn) of Shadyside; Brad (Margo) Lewis of Chula Vista, CA;  Erica Williams (Chris) Lotte of Pickerington, Ohio, Natalie Fox of Columbus, Ohio and Jen Fox of St. Clairsville; great great nieces and nephews, Anthony and Chase Wach, Paisley and Luke Lotte; and Angelo and Devina Lewis.

Mary was a devout Catholic, a lifelong student, a dependable and generous family member and a loyal friend with a great sense of humor, she will be missed by all….”A life well-lived”.

The family wishes to thank and express their appreciation for the care given to Mary by Dr. Brad Schmitt, Dr. Richard Terry and Dr. Michael Blatt.

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio on Wednesday from 10 am until 11:45 am. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at the St. John Catholic Church in Bellaire on Wednesday at 12 Noon with Fr. Daniel Heusel, as Celebrant. Interment in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Bellaire, Ohio.

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Mark Neuhart
7 years ago

Mary was a lifelong friend and a “second Mother” to my brother and sisters. She was truly a faithful servsnt of our Lord and will be remembered for all the lives she touched and enriched with her kindness and generosity. Mary had a great sense of humor and was never at a loss for words. She had an exceptional career as a civil servant and loved her country and the ideals that is was built upon. She will be sorely missed but no forgotten!

Beth Feller
7 years ago

I will very much miss sitting on Mary’s porch hearing the history/stories of Bellaire and how it used to be. I am also sad we never got the chance to finish our stories. She will truly be missed for so many reasons!! I keep her family in my prayers.