Mary Therese Dybel (nee Staucet) 88 of Whiting passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, December 4, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew A. Dybel who passed away on May 4 1961; loving mother of Andrea (Steven) Conover of Fort Wayne, IN, Marcia (Nathaniel) Pappalardo of LaGrange, IL, Gerard (Connie) Dybel of Littleton, MA, Andrew T.(Susan) Dybel and Martin Dybel both of Whiting; dear friend of Dwain Thomas; dear mother-in-law of Bob (Brenda) Breck; cherished grandmother of Robert (Sarah) Zabrecky, Ryan Zabrecky, Justin (Emily) Zabrecky, Jason (Carla) Conover, Allyson (Christian) Lavinder, Bethany Pappalardo, Dr. Jennifer (fiancee Bryon Harper) Pappalardo, Mark (Elizabeth) Pappalardo, Kelly Dybel, Stacey Dybel, Andrew M. Dybel, Abigail Dybel, Jonathan ( Jill ) Joseph and Jeremy Joseph; adoring great grandma of Hailey, Aidin and Roxanne; dearest sister of Frank (late Grace) Staucet, dear sister-in-law of Anna (late Joseph) Marciniak and Charles (Dorothy) Dybel; fond aunt to many nieces and nephews; special friends, Ann Shelton, Margaret Saliga, Mary Bellile and Evelyn White. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Paula Marie Dybel Zabrecky and her devoted canine companion, “Lady”.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 9:45am at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting; a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting with the Rev. John E. Kalicky, C.PP.S., officiating; interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City; visitation at the funeral home on Friday, December 7 from 2:00 to 9:00pm. The St. John Rosary Society, together with members of the parish, will offer prayers at the funeral home on Friday at 4:00pm.
Mary Therese Dybel was born on February 20, 1924 in Whiting, Indiana to Frank and Mary (Brenkus) Staucet and was a lifelong resident. At the age of two, her father had died and she and her brother, Frank were raised by their grandmother, Mary Brenkus. She was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, where she was a member of the St. John Rosary Society and had served on the parish council. She was a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Assoc., BR. 81 and the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union, BR. 79. In 1942 she was crowned Whiting’s Slovak Queen. Since this was the last year of the pageant, Mary Therese has been the reigning Slovak Queen of Whiting, Indiana for the past 70 years. She was a retired officer of the former American Trust & Savings Bank, Whiting with a service of 22 years and was an associate of the Baran Funeral Home, Whiting, for the past 20 years. Mary Therese was a devout Catholic and a woman of great faith. It was her faith in God that sustained her through the many adversities she encountered throughout her life. She loved to shop and enjoyed many hours working in her garden. Devoted to her family, she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting, would be appreciated. The Knights of Columbus, Pope John XXIII Council, 1696 will offer prayers at the funeral home on Friday at 8:00pm.