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Life shaped up for former police officer's wife

Dawn Law
| Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002

When Mary McGuire suffered a stroke 15 years ago, she put away her cigarettes. And she jumped on an exercise bike, eventually making a recovery.

"She really felt good about life," her son, Jack McGuire, said. "She was in better shape than she'd been in a long time."

Mary K. Joyce McGuire, a lifelong resident of East Pittsburgh, died from complications of a subsequent stroke on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, in LGAR Health and Rehabilitation Center in Turtle Creek. She was 82.

Mrs. McGuire married East Pittsburgh police Officer Mickey McGuire in 1948. He was a good-natured, fun-loving father who took his sons to baseball games and on camping trips.

Discipline was left to Mrs. McGuire, a devout Catholic who prayed the rosary each night and slept with the beads under her pillow. She was a member of the Holy Cross Altar Society.

Mrs. McGuire played cards with friends on Friday nights and was a volunteer at UPMC Braddock for about 20 years, until about seven years ago.

Every Thursday, she worked as an attendant, moving patients to appointments thoughout the hospital. "She made a lot of friends there. She looked forward to it," her son said.

After the death of his father in 1993 and brother, Daniel, in 1995, Jack McGuire moved into an apartment to be near his mother's home in East Pittsburgh.

"I was always there looking after her every day," he said. "It was a comfort to me, too."

When Mrs. McGuire moved to assisted living about a year ago, her sons were regular visitors, playing cards when she was well enough. When she wasn't, they would watch televison and chat.

"We loved our mother very much," Jack McGuire said. "We tried to visit her as much as possible."

Mrs. McGuire is survived by three sons, Jack McGuire, of East Pittsburgh; Terry McGuire, of North Versailles, and Michael "Mick" McGuire, of California; three grandchildren; and three sisters, Beatrice Joyce, Agnes Hunnell and Rita Dagnall, all of East Pittsburgh.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home, 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Thursday in St. William Church of Holy Cross Parish. Burial will follow in Braddock Catholic Cemetery, Braddock Hills.

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