HOWLAND - Mary Teresa Onder, 95, of Howland, passed away peacefully at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, with her family by her side, in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.
Mary Teresa was born June 27, 1918, in Warren, the daughter of the late Robert and Theresa Mae Bell Eustace, and was a 1937 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School.
A devout homemaker, Mary Teresa loved geraniums, begonias and rose gardening. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and crafts. But most importantly, she enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family.
Mary Teresa was a former longtime member of SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Warren, where she served as a eucharistic minister to the homebound of the parish and distributed communion to those in Hillside Hospital. She sang in the church choir with her sisters, Ronnie and Katherine, for many years and volunteered at the church's pierogy sale.
A devout Catholic, Mary Teresa inspired many with her strong Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Warren and its Altar and Rosary Society. She also was a member of the Third Order of St. Frances and a member of the St. Cyril and Methodius 50+ Club.
Mary Teresa was married on Nov. 21, 1942, to Michael Onder, and they were married for 59 years until his passing on May 8, 2002.
A loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her, especially her six children, Michael P. (Simone) of Burke, Va., Judith "Judee" Martz of Weathersfield, Conn., David G. (Joy) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Timothy J. (Nancy) of Leavittsburg, Marie T. (Patrick) Nelson of York, Pa., and Robert J. (Karen) of Twinsburg; 18 grandchildren, Bethany (Jason) Kennedy, Rebecca, Tamarra and Shane Martz, Mary (Ken) Maliga, Samuel (Lori) Martz, Davina (Cles) Holbrook, David (Rebecca) Onder, Stephanie (Kyle) Bennett, Jennifer (Janet Morrell) Onder, Christina (Franklin) Stout, Amy Onder and Michael Onder, Julie (Jeremy) Alberini, Thaddeus Tompkins, Kelly Nelson and Nicholas and Joseph Onder; and 14 great-grandchild, Calvin, Casey and Campbell Kennedy, Nathaniel Maliga, Zachary and Anthony Minotti, Tyler Holbrook, Dylan and Jake Bennett, Hunter, Logan and Grace Stout, Madison Alberini and Michael Tompkins. She also is survived by two sisters, Katherine Byers of McDonald and Veronica "Ronnie" Manofsky of Warren.
Besides her parents and husband, Mary Teresa was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Samuel Martz; a sister, Bernadette Eustace; and two brothers, James T. and Robert J. Eustace.
Calling hours will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Sinchak and Sons Funeral Home, where the rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Friday.
Services will begin with closing prayers to be recited at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at the Sinchak and Sons Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Bernard R. Schmalzried officiating.
Burial will follow in All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.
The family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in Mary Teresa's name to the Restoration Fund at St. Mary's Church or to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Family and friends may visit www.sinchakandsons.com to view this tribute and share condolences to the Onder family.
Caring and professional arrangements for the Onder family are under the direction of the Sinchak and Sons Funeral Home in Warren.