Mary Elizabeth (DeBor) Zwack, age 98 of Clairton, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Born February 22, 1921 in Pittsburgh, she was the third of five children of the late Arcadius Ferdinand DeBoar and Clara (Weis) Debor. Mary was raised through the great depression, and the great and deadly flu and scarlet fever epidemics that forced quarantines on her home growing up. After casting aside a litany of ardent suitors, she chose a handsome US Army Sergeant as her husband: the late Michael N. Zwack, who passed away November 24, 2013. Although she never reached over five feet tall, she could run fast and had a very protective older brother. She is survived by her daughter Diane Fagot of Clairton; her grandchildren Bridget (Sean) Rieger of Elizabeth and Neil (Julie) Fagot of Pleasant Hills; her great-grandchildren Kaia, Bodi, and Soren Rieger and Mirielle Fagot; her sister Madelyn DeBor; and also many nieces and nephews.
She taught them all how to live, how to treat one another, respect animals and all other human beings, how to always use good manners and proper English, how to live frugally, and become educated. She was also a devotee of the arts, participating in drama and music, and fostering that in her children as well. She also tended and cared for an amazing garden in her free time. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers Arcadius, John, and Jerome DeBor. Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 10 AM until an 11:30 AM Blessing in the funeral home. Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp. Memorial contributions in Mary's name should be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published June 10, 2019.