Mary C. Schiela formerly of Newtown, PA died peacefully on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Cape May Court House, NJ with family at her side. She was 85.
The daughter of the late Andrew and Catherine Halpin Dunne, Mary spent her early years in the Logan section of Philadelphia; through the years Mary always recalled with fondness and shared the memories of her home and her childhood neighborhood. She attended Merion Mercy Academy and graduated from Little Flower High School. She was the loving and devoted wife of Vincent K. Schiela, Sr. with whom she had shared 61 years of marriage and family life in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia and in Newtown, PA.
Following school, Mary worked at Philco Electronics in Philadelphia. Her children were aware of this due to the seemingly unending supply of yellow Philco notepads that seemed to be around the house in their early years. After time off to raise her children, Mary returned to the workforce at Katherine Gibbs School and the Philadelphia Contributionship, and finished her career working for the family’s dentist, Dr. George Capaldi. While raising four children she made time for volunteering regularly and was a powerful role model for giving and doing her part – helping at St. Cecilia’s school, PTO and church and Fox Chase School, preparing food for the less fortunate at St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia, and in later years volunteering at St. Andrew’s in Newtown and as a eucharistic minister at St. Mary Medical Center.
Mary’s strongest passions were for God and her faith, her children, grandchildren and her husband, Phillies baseball, Notre Dame football, Rummy 500 and a great Manhattan.
Mary is survived by her children, Vincent Jr. and his wife, Julie, of West Chester, PA, Andrea McCoy and her husband, Michael, of Cape May Court House, NJ, Debra Schiela of Holland, PA and Eric Schiela and his wife, Kimberly, of Avalon, NJ. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ian, Aaron, Liam, Emma and Connor.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Thomas Dunne, Catherine Carr, and Margaret O’Connor.
Mass of Christian Burial at St. Andrew’s in Newtown and interment at All Saints Cemetery, Newtown will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Cape Regional Medical Center Foundation to support continued availability of quality healthcare in that community, 2 Stone Harbor Blvd., Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210 or by visiting https://www.caperegional.com/foundation/.