Mary Barbara Lebnick, 96, of Bruceton Mills, went to be with the Lord, dying peacefully in her sleep, April 6, 2018.
The daughter of the late Valentine and Katherine Fortuna Bogatay, she was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Avella, Pa.
Mary was a 1939 graduate of Avella High School. In 1945, she married Steve Lebnick, who preceded her in death in 1990.
The Lebnicks were actively engaged in dairy farming for 50 years, in the Glade Farms area of Preston County, until their retirement. She was a member of the Salem Church of the Brethren, where she taught the adult Sunday school class for many years, as well as serving on various administrative church boards. Mary was a supervisor with the Monongahela Soil and Water Conservation District, an avid gardener and enjoyed traveling and all aspects of the natural world.
She is survived by a daughter and her husband, Stephanie “Stevie” and Larry Bayles, of Alpine Lake, Terra Alta; a son and his wife, John Michael and Diane Lebnick, of Waynesboro, Va.; a son-in-law, Michael Shuppe, of Pickerington, Ohio; two grandchildren, Amy Shuppe, of Blacklick, Ohio, and Brian Shuppe and his wife, Toni, of Baden, Pa.; and three great-grandchildren, Savanna, Juliette and Hallie, of Baden.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Shuppe, and a sister, Lillian Bogatay Resnik.
Family and friends may call at the Carl R. Spear Funeral Home, in Brandonville-Bruceton Mills, from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, and at the Salem Church of the Brethren, Bruceton Mills, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service, Tuesday, April 10, with Pastor Donnie Savage officiating. Burial will follow at the Shady Grove Cemetery, Bruceton Mills.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Salem Church of the Brethren, c/o Ruth Ann Murphy, 2687 Glade Farm Road, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525; WV Caring Hospice Volunteers, P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520; or Head, Heart, Hand and Health (4-H) of Preston County, Inc., c/o Susan Nieman Daetwyler, 49 Country Club Road, Terra Alta, WV 26764.