Mary J. Coudriet Whitacre 1934-2012

WARREN – Mary J. Coudriet Whitacre, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Vista Center at the Ridge.

She was born April 22, 1934, in DuBois, Pa., the daughter of Lawrence Henry Graffius and Annabelle Buck.

She was a homemaker and was dedicated to raising her family. She enjoyed games of chance, including bingo and going to the casino. She also took delight in baking and going to the beach.

As a gentle soul, she will be missed by her six sons, Bill, Gene, James, Glen (Caryn), Tim (Jean) and Dennis; a daughter, Linda; and a sister, Edith Slanina.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, James I Coudriet and Clarence B. Whitacre; a son, Manuel James; two daughters, Doreen D. Coudriet and infant Mary Jane.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Warren Church of God for the waking of Mary. Services will follow at 5 p.m. with Dr. Steven Sespico officiating. Entombment will be private in Pineview Memorial Park.

Arrangements were handled by Schiavone Funeral Home. Please visit to share condolences.

Native American


I give you this one thought to keep –

I am with you still – I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s house,

I am the sweet uplifting rush,

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone –

I am with you still in each new dawn.

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