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Mary Ann M. Utrata

February 27, 1946 January 4, 2021
Mary Ann M. Utrata
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Mary Ann M. Utrata, (nee Nypaver), 74, of Lakewood, joined her beloved parents Edward and Ann (nee Klena) Nypaver in Heaven on January 4th, 2021. Mary Ann was the cherished wife of Carl Utrata, loving mother to son Eddie (Valerie) Utrata and daughter Stephanie Utrata, and doting grandmother to Kealani Utrata-Corder. She is also survived by her treasured sisters, Kathryn (Mike) Catanese and Margie (John) Reedy; brothers, Edward Nypaver, Matthew (Nancy) Nypaver, and Joe (Sandy) Nypaver; sister-in-law, Susie Truckor; brother-in-law, Peter (Rene) Utrata; nieces, Vallery (Mike) Tzagournis, Dionne (Mark) Johnston, Mary Ann (Dan) Cacace, and Tarah (Bill) Morelli; nephews, Michael (Sara) Catanese, Anthony (Adrienne) Catanese, John Wayne "Duke" (Sarah) Reedy, Brian (Amanda) Nypaver, and Michael Nypaver; loyal dog, Petey; grand-dog, Darvey; and grand-kitties, Wampa, Little Man, Lisa, and Fuzzles. Mary Ann was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Greg Truckor and nephew Christopher (Yenny) Utrata. Mary Ann loved being a mother more than anything else in life. She gave everything of herself for both of her children, and even after giving so completely, still tried to give more. She nurtured their spirits, minds, and creativity, and true to the strong Catholic faith at her core, would tell them hundreds of times over the years that if somebody wasn't being nice to them, to try and "kill 'em with kindness". It didn't always work, but that's how Mary Ann tried to live, and that's how she taught her children to live. The only thing she wanted for her kids was for them to be happy, decent people who were kind to others, regardless of what jobs or status they had, or how much money they made. Along those same lines, she taught her kids not to judge anybody else based on those things, either. Being a teacher wasn't just a job or career for Mary Ann, it was central to her identity. She was passionate about learning, loved all of her students, and so many of them loved her. Before the birth of her children, she taught at Evangeline-Davies School in the Berea City School District, but in the mid-1980's, returned to teach hundreds of students over many years at St. James School and Lakewood Catholic Academy, both in Lakewood. In her later years, absolutely nothing made Mary Ann happier than running into now-adult former students at Target or the grocery store and hearing that she'd made a difference in their lives, experiences that she'd excitedly recount on the phone to her children, sisters, and friends. Mary Ann loved other people. She loved their company, she loved hearing their stories, telling her stories, and finding something, no matter how minor, that she had in common with them. There were friends she'd had for decades, and people she'd declare were her "friends" after talking to them for five minutes while waiting in line at the checkout. She was the kind of person who'd be in that last small group at a party when most everybody else had gone home. Mary Ann loved music; whether it was The Beatles, Paul McCartney, or Motown that she grew up with, her gently teased-about devotion to Barry Manilow, or even something newer that caught her ear, like Bruno Mars, you'd hear her singing along sweetly. She loved to dance, and frequently requiring a wheelchair in her later years couldn't stop her--- as many wedding and party guests could attest, she would simply "chair dance" when she was unable to get up on her own two feet. She was selfless, forgiving, kind, lovely, and beautiful, and those that knew her will never stop loving her. A memorial mass will be held later this year or early in the next, depending on when the Coronavirus pandemic has subsided. More immediately, there will be a Zoom Memorial for Mary Ann, details to be announced later. Arrangements were entrusted to the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.laubenthalmercado.com.

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