Mary C. Block, 80, homemaker, secretary, court clerk

Mary C. Block
Mary C. Block
Posted: January 16, 2014

Mary C. Block, 80, of Gulph Mills, a homemaker and later an executive secretary and District Court clerk, died Friday, Jan. 10, of respiratory failure at Paoli Hospital.

At age 44, Mrs. Block experienced a daunting family tragedy, but it never extinguished her zeal for life, said her son, Radnor Township Police Lt. Andy Block.

Born in the coal region, in Mahanoy City, Pa., she graduated from Mahanoy City High School. She moved to Philadelphia and began working as a secretary for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

There she met the love of her life, Andrew G. Block. The couple married in 1966 and had two children. Mrs. Block became a full-time homemaker.

"Mary loved life and enjoyed playing cards and dancing with her husband," said her son. "She always said, 'I will never love another man the way I loved your father. It was true love forever.' "

In March 1978, 12 years into their marriage, her husband died after a yearlong battle with lung and brain cancer. Aided in part by her Catholic faith, Mrs. Block picked herself up, and went to work as an executive secretary for a Bala Cynwyd candy broker while raising her children alone.

"Everybody's mother is No. 1, but I wouldn't be where I am today were it not for her sacrifice," Andy Block said. "Throughout her life, she had many obstacles - she survived breast cancer and cardiac issues - anything that was thrown at her, she was able to overcome."

Later, she retired from secretarial work and took a job in Lower Merion Township with the District Court system as a clerk for civil cases. She retired in 2004 after 10 years of service.

Before moving to Gulph Mills, Mrs. Block lived in Bala Cynwyd, where she was active in St. Matthias Catholic Church for 46 years. She sang in the choir, was a Eucharistic minister, taught Sunday school, and helped greet parishioners at Masses on Sunday.

She enjoyed summers at Sea Isle City.

Besides her son, she is survived by a daughter, Dani.

A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the McConaghy Funeral Home, 328 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.

A second viewing will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at St. Matthias Church, 128 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bala Cynwyd, on Thursday, Jan. 16. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Westminster Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd.



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