Mary Kathleen Lentz

March 16, 1923 ‒ April 14, 2005

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Mary Kathleen Lentz, 82, of James Avenue, Mansfield, died Thursday evening April 14, 2005 in The Cleveland Clinic following a short illness.

She was born March 16, 1923 near Hayesville to Elmer E. and Mabel G. (Scot) Maffett, and was a lifelong area resident.

During WWII, she worked as a “Rosie-the-Riveter” with Westinghouse, and afterwards shifted her focus to that of full-time wife, mother and homemaker.

Once her family was raised, she worked for more than 20 years in the housekeeping department of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, retiring in 1989 as a Supervisor.

Mary’s life genuinely revolved around her family, focusing time and attention on her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her apartment became “Grand Central Station” to neighbors, as she personified kindness, generosity and love…and the scanner was always on!

“No one had a bad word to say about her” ~ as she always put others first, and was a donor to the expansion of MedCentral.

In her younger years, Mary spent many nights at the old Mansfield Race Track, which naturally fed into affection for NASCAR. More to her speed though, were her Sunday drives through Amish Country, or a simple trip to Ashland for a piece of pie at the Lyn~Way.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Frances Lentz of Steam Corners; her daughter Denise Bullock of Mansfield; six grandchildren and their spouses Marla Stephens of Shelby, Marilyn Lentz of Johnsville, Wendy and Garry Mills, Robert Collins and his companion Lorie Gallik, and Angela Helbig all of Mansfield, and Michael Lentz of Glendale, Arizona; two step grandsons Thomas Maffett of Steam Corners and Mark and his wife Teresa Maffett of North Woodbury; 13 great grandchildren; her sister Helen Stence of Ashland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years Gail E. Lentz in 1995; a son Donald Lentz in 1993; and by three brothers Frank, Richard and Robert Maffett.

The family will receive friends Monday, April 18, 2005 from 3-5 and 7-9 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 am. Pastor John Partridge will officiate. Burial will follow in Vermillion Cemetery, Hayesville.