In Memory

Mary Ann Kral (Daley)



MARY ANN KRAL DALEY (1941-2016); mother of Brian Daley of St. Augustine, Florida and Rebecca Metes Daley of Black Mountain, NC.; sister of Karen Arscott. Preceded in death by her two brothers Joseph Kral and John Kral as well as her nephew Michael Arscott. She was also the aunt of Stephen Kral, Cindy Langlois, Anthony Arscott, Elizabeth Kral and Patrick Kral. MaryAnn graduated from Shaker Hts. High School and Marymount College of Arlington, Va. While living in Illinois, she served on the Hinsdale Junior Women's Club and managed a Non-Profit Youth Employment Service. She also was a member of the Junior League of Cleveland and board member of St. Luke's Junior Women's Club. She and her family enjoyed their cottage on Pelee Island, Canada for over 50 years. She especially enjoyed skiing and hiking in Ellicotville, NY with family and friends. She had many adventures biking and hiking in the Cuyahoga National Parks. In the Metro parks she loved hiking and cross-country skiing. Mrs. Daley worked for physicians for over 35 years. She started in Pompano Beach, Fla. Then on to doctors affiliated with St. Luke's Hospital. Finally, for over 20 years worked with physicians connected to University Hospitals of Cleveland. A celebration of Life will be held at the Federated Church Family Like Center on August 10th at noon. The family prefers those who wish to make contributions to Ckleveland Metro Parks and the Geauga Park District. 





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07/23/16 11:11 AM #1    

Janet A Katanik (Cunningham)

Kris Borglund McLaughlin had shared with Dave and I that Mary Ann was ill in June and that she had Stage 4 Cancer.  When Paula Bodwell Harvey emailed us that Mary Ann had died, her death is a vivid reminder how vulnerable we are at this age.  Also my thought is that it doesn't really matter that I haven't seen Mary Ann since our 50th reunion, I feel the loss of someone we all spent our childhood with.  She is the one that drove me to and from high school in what we called her "green bomb".  She certainly must have had a wonderful life with her kids, and I suspect she did a great job supporting herself and her kids.  I am a bit late with a plan to work with Kris to get  "the girls" to Texas for a few days, that now, will sadly  not include Mary Ann.  My hope is that at our age we consider ourselves lucky, that while are bodies are reminding us every day, what some day will become a reality, we are still upright and in a reasonable state of health.  Mary Ann lost her battle and I hope that her pain was managed well and I know that having her family with her made her passing easier.

07/23/16 12:59 PM #2    

Peter C. Brown

Thanks for a moving tribute to Mary Ann,  and to the importance of staying conected despite the intervening years, Janet.  Your thoughts and inspiration are good to hear and keep in mind.



07/23/16 09:53 PM #3    

Ellen Fine (Richman)

Even though I didn't know Mary Ann well in high school, I do remember her cheerful and enthusiastc demeanor, her ready smile, and how friendly she was to everyone.  We have lost a truly good person.

07/24/16 01:47 PM #4    

Arnold Krause

So very sorry to get the news about Mary Ann. She was my "fav" home room buddy, always supporting me through times that were not always easy for me. Even though we did not stay in touch on a regular basis, it was always such a major pleasure to see her at the reunions, where we connected as if no time at all had passed between visits. I know how badly I feel about her passing and can imagine how her many close friends and family members are missing the warmth of her presence.....I send you my deepest condolences......


07/24/16 02:54 PM #5    

Thomas R Webb

Mary Ann was such a good friend in high school.  We went on a few dates early in high school [I think it was high school] and I always was trying to figure out how to give her a kiss, but it never worked out!  Oh my!  She was such a good person.  Getting old is wonderful and painful.  Donald Hall, a great American poet, said "old is new."  We have lots of experience in our 75 years but getting old is not one of them.  Take care all of you.  My regards, Thomas

07/25/16 09:51 AM #6    

George Edwin Kline

I remember Mary Ann for her generosity. One summer weekend Frank Crouse ('57), Bob West ('57), and I were planning a sailing weekend around the islands north of Catawba Island. I told Mary Ann that we might make it to Pelee Island on Saturday where Mary Ann's family had a summer place. She invited us to stop by.  We left Catawba Island on Friday night and arrived late Saturday morning at the beach in front of Mary Ann's place. Mary Ann had two guests ('59 classmates?). The six of us spent a good part of the day sailing and swimmig. Before we left for our return trip to Catawba Island, Mary Ann fed us a great meal.

George Kline 

08/01/16 07:29 AM #7    

Sharon Silverthorne (Kraber)


Mary Ann was a dear friend for over 50 years. She and I drove to FL with our young children one year and that trip remains a fond memory. Our families spent a lot of time together over the years.

Nancy Collns Mentzer, Anne Bloomberg and I visited with Mary Ann the first week in August. And while she was obviously quite ill, she still had that twinkle in her eye and her wonderful sly sense of humor. I am grateful I have that memory. 

Brian and Becky you are lucky you had this lovely, caring, funny woman as your mother. Love and peace to you both.


08/08/16 02:31 PM #8    

Paula Bodwell (Harvey)

Mary Ann came to us in 9th grade.  We were cheerleaders together at Shaker.  She was a good friend and was always a lot of fun!  I have many great memories of good times together and will treasure those memories.  She always had great ideas and thought up different kinds of things for all of us to do.  I agree with Sharon that Becky and Brian were very lucky to have Mary Ann as their mother.  She was devoted to them and loved them unconditionally.   It's hard for me to believe that she is no longer with us, and it makes me very sad.

Paula Bodwell Harevey                      

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