Mary Oliver Nussbaum, Age 98, of Moon Township died on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at Concordia of Wexford. Born April 15, 1924 in Derry, PA, she was the youngest of 11 children of the late Louis and Christine Oliver. On December 1, 1951 she married Richard Anton Nussbaum in Regina Coeli, Pittsburgh, PA.
Mary is survived by five children and their spouses: Richard II and Mary Pat Nussbaum of South Bend, IN; Dr. Jon Nussbaum and Mary Ann Curren of State College, PA; Robert Nussbaum of Robinson, PA; Ann and Carl Amorose of Louisville, KY; and Dr. Paul and Kimberly Nussbaum of Marco Island, FL. She is survived by 10 grandchildren: Matthew and Lauren, Daniel and Amy, Kathryn, Molly and Michael, Kara and Justin, Emily, Christina and Sean, Ryan and Raychel, Andrew and Mary, and Paul and 12 living great-grandchildren: Nora, Brigid, Grace, Louis, Callan, Isaac, Evelyn, Lucille, Natalie, Adeline, Lilianna, Rory, and Aiofe who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her siblings and their spouses; Frank and Wanda Oliver, Dr. Orland and Margaret Oliver, Fr. Dominic Oliver, Alice and Rocco Colianni, Armea and Richard Colianni, Marguerite and Dr. Mike Connelly, Julie and Dr. Richard Stypula, and Martha and Henry Poli.
Mary graduated from the Derry Borough Public School System in 1942. She graduated from the Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing in September of 1945 and became a licensed registered nurse. During her tenure at Allegheny General Hospital, Mary served as a Student Head Nurse on the private 6th floor, a registered Head Nurse on the private 11th floor, and as a faculty member in charge of the Student Health Program. Mary also served as the President of the Nurses Alumni Association and attended a national and international nurses convention as a delegate in Atlantic City. Mary was a member of the Moon Area School District Parent-Teachers Association and served as President of the Moon Township Tip-Off Club. As a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township since 1959, Mary served on the Women's Guild, as a member of the Committee of the 55+ Association, and numerous other committees. Mary's eldest two sons became Eagle Scouts within Troop 905 and she served as Den Mother for her youngest son's Cub Scout Troop and Girl Scout Cookie Chairman. She was also lucky enough to be awarded Lifetime Gold Passes to the Pine Richland High School Football Press Box. Mary attended Duquesne University.
Mary was a loving and devoted daughter, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Mary considered herself a simple person who never looked at the accumulation of material things as the path to happiness. Mary always prioritized the welfare of her husband, children and other family members. Mary found great joy in the accomplishments of her family and was never reticent when praising these accomplishments. Each child and grandchild knew that their mother or grandmother was very, very proud of them. Mary often utilized her nurse training as she became the "unofficial nurse in the residence" on Amherst Avenue when a medical issue or medical advice was needed by the neighbors. Mary was an expert within each sport that her children and grandchildren participated and knew more about sports than anyone in our circle of family and friends. Mary and her husband Richard were devoted to their son Robert throughout their lives and made sure Robby lived a life of happiness and high quality. Mary made it possible for all of us to achieve our chosen domains both inside and outside the sporting world.
Friends will be received at the R.D. Copeland Funeral Home, 981 Brodhead Rd, Moon Twp on Saturday, February 25th from 9 am until prayer service at 10:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM at Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Margaret Mary Church. Burial will follow in the Resurrection Cemetery. Contributions in Mary’s memory can be directed to Concordia of Wexford, www.concordialm.org or Partners for Quality, www.pfq.org
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