Nurse treated patients, family with compassion
For Marie Muckle's family and the countless patients she cared for during 42 years as a nurse, her kindness, caring and compassion always stood out.
Marie H. Muckle of Fallowfield Township in Washington County died on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. She had been battling breast cancer and congestive heart failure. She was 88.
Mrs. Muckle, a native of Charleroi, received her bachelor of nursing degree from Allegheny General Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. She started her career in Charleroi-Monessen Hospital, not far from where she and her late husband, Charles H. Muckle, built their home.
“She was a very, very dedicated nurse. She had the starched white hat, white uniform; she was your traditional nurse,” daughter Lori Davis recalled.
“When my mother worked at the hospital initially and she and my father were building their house, she had to walk from the top of the hill down to the hospital, which was probably half a mile away,” Davis said. “When she was on call, she'd have to go down. They didn't have a car. She did a lot of that until they got the car.”
Marie worked as a nurse in the operating room, recovery room, medical-surgical and same-day surgery units of Charleroi-Monessen and later Monongahela Valley Hospital before retiring in 1989.
“We've spent a lot of time in the hospital over the last several months, and I can tell you, good nurses are a special breed of people,” said daughter Holly Mosco. “... I like to think that when my mother was being really, really well cared for with a very compassionate nurse, I think to myself that was probably my mom in her day. She was very dedicated.”
Mrs. Muckle was dedicated to her family as well, attending every high school swimming meet her daughters participated in and enjoying family vacations each summer.
“She was a wonderful mother, she was a wonderful wife, she was a wonderful daughter,” Mosco said. “She was an only child, and when my mother and father got married, my grandmother moved in with my mother and dad. They lived together forever. When my grandmother became ill, my mother cared for her. When her husband became ill, she cared for him.
“Her compassionate and caring way, that's one thing I wish I were more like my mother in that respect,” Mosco said.
Mrs. Muckle is survived by her daughters, Holly and husband James Mosco, and Lori and husband Robert Davis; grandchildren Alison and Matthew Davis, and Hannah and Gina Mosco.
Family and friends were received in Melenyzer-Dubarr Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Inc. in Charleroi. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in Christ Lutheran Church, 601 Washington Ave., Charleroi. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery.
Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-459-6100, ext. 2913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.