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Mary K. (Stanley) Szablewski

July 7, 1956 ~ August 25, 2021 (age 65)


On August 25, 2021, Mary Kathryn Szablewski tragically lost her life at the age of 65, after succumbing to a rapidly progressing prion disease. She passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by those closest to her.

She was born on July 7, 1956, in Dayton, Ohio, to William Joseph and Betty Louise (Walton) Stanley. On May 15, 1987, she married Walter Allen Szablewski. In her far too brief time on Earth, Mary exuded a passion for life and made an indelible impression on all those she met.

She was an avid gardener and decorator and had talent for creating an inviting atmosphere as indicated by her backyard oasis. Her landscaping talents were eclipsed only by her culinary skills which ranged from gourmet meals to delectable desserts. Mary was often the life of the party and loved to play games and blare her favorite music through the neighborhood.

She had an affinity for animals and in addition to spoiling her own two dogs, she also championed animal welfare through generous donations. Her philanthropic pursuits did not stop at animals, she was also an advocate for those with developmental and intellectual delays. Following her mothers passing, she assumed caregiver responsibilities for her brother Billy and was jealously committed to his well-being.

Although she had numerous endearing qualities and an array of talents, I will most remember the love and support that she gave as a mother. She has left a void in my life that cannot be filled and not a day will go by that I do not remember her and miss her.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Allen Szablewski of Tiffin; son, Dr. Zachary Allen (Apryle) Szablewski of Issaquah, WA; brothers, Billy Stanley of Tiffin and Ken (Kathleen) Stanley of Shrewsbury, PA; sisters, Pat (Richard) Frontz of Lake Havasu City, AZ and Deb (Jerry) Johnston of Tiffin.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary was a 1974 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She worked as a diligent store manager for many years, and is perhaps best known for her time at Surf ‘n Turf Specialties of Tiffin.

There will be a private service from a vessel in the waters off the coast of the San Juan Islands in Washington State where Mary accomplished a lifelong dream of seeing Orca, Gray, and Humpback Whales on her 30th wedding anniversary. Her mortal remains will be scattered in the Salish Sea, one of her favorite places on Earth.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seneca County School of Opportunity, World Wildlife Fund, ASPCA or the local Humane Society.

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