Mary Catherine Houseknecht Ohl Cragle, 96, died Monday, September 5, 2016, at the Lutheran Community Home, Seymour, Indiana, where she had been a guest since Oct. 2011. Mary resided most of her life in Bloomsburg and Lime Ridge.
Born June 10, 1920, in Wolfe Township, Muncy, Pennsylvania, to Miles Paul Houseknecht and Mabel Lake Houseknecht.
Mary was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Nyol Elisha Houseknecht; sister, Corrine Houseknecht Robbins; and four half-brothers, Earl D. Houseknecht, Bruce D. Houseknecht, Miles R. Houseknecht and Harold S. Houseknecht.
Mary married Leroy F. Ohl on June 26, 1936. Leroy preceded her in death on Nov. 24, 1961. They had five children; Earl L. Ohl, deceased June 4, 1994, Larry F. Ohl, deceased Feb. 8,1979, Linda D. Ohl Roark of Indianapolis, Marcia (Michael) A. Ohl Hogg of Brownstown and Lynne (Paige) C. Ohl Mathews of Firestone, Colorado. She was also preceded in death by her two grandsons, Gordon Leroy Ohl and Brian Earl Ohl; and son-in-law, Edwin S. Roark.
Mary was quite proud that her son Earl and all three of her son-in-laws were ministers of the Gospel.
Mary married Ralph F. Cragle on May 29, 1968. Ralph preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2011. She has two step-children, Bonnie (Roger) Cragle Shutt of Danville, Pennsylvania, and Ray (Mary Ann) Cragle of New Jersey.
Mary has 10 remaining grandchildren; Laurie (Greg) Ohl Bell and Tristan Ohl of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Karen Ohl Shadle of Berwick, Pennsylvania, Kelly Ohl of West Palm Beach, Florida, Robert Ohl of Loxahatchee, Florida, Nathan (Nicole) Roark of Ingalls, Indiana, and Heather (Chris) Roark Van Gorp of Brownsburg, Megan (Blake) Hogg Peters of Brownstown, Mary Jo Mathews Dodge of Firestone, Colorado, and Cheryl (Matthew) Mathews VanVoorhees of Erie, Colorado, and Ivy (John) Shutt Tamblin of Danville, Pennsylvania. She leaves a legacy of 14 great-grandchildren and three grea-great-grandchildren.
Mary’s main focus was her children and her church. If the doors to the church were open, she was there. If there was work to be done, she was there. She was baptized June 1, 1932, in Wallis Creek, Westmoreland Twp., Pennsylvania, and became a member of the Bloomsburg Christian Church on Feb. 5, 1935, where she retained her membership until her passing and was a Deaconess of the Bloomsburg Christian Church for 40-plus years. She taught Sunday school and Christian Endeavor as well as a member of the choir there.
She was employed by the Husky Lounge, Bloomsburg University and Region Oil, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, for a number of years. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary.
Mary was a wonderful cook and loved to share her cooking with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We will be having a Memorial service at the Bloomsburg Christian Church in the near future. Her ashes will be interred at Elan Memorial Cemetery in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
Donations would be appreciated to the Bloomsburg Christian Church and Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee, in her memory.
Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with Mary’s family at barkesweaverglick.com.