Mary Stocker

Obituary of Mary Stocker

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Mary Stocker, age 81, of Mount Laurel, formerly of Philadelphia, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016. Survived by her husband, William M. Stocker, Jr.; son, William M. III; daughter, Debra L. (John) Zygmunt; grandson, James Ryan Hess; and many loving nieces and nephews. Mary is predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Anna, Helen, Sophia, Tatiana, Marcella, Alex, and Stephen. Celebration of Mary's Life Gathering will be held at her daughter Debra's home in Voorhees. The family would like to extend an invitation to relatives and friends on Thursday, July 28 12-4PM. Private gathering for immediate family after 4PM, please. Email Debra for more information In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation ( A tribute written by Debra: This world lost a firecracker. Her personality could brighten a room and light up a dark sky. She had that special touch and a special innocence about her that would warm your heart and made you just instantly fall in love with. She never had much, nor did she ever want for much. She would say if you have what you need, then you're already doing better than a lot of people who don't. "You can't take it with you; it's just stuff you have to clean or worry about". She would say, "You'll never see a U-Haul in back of a hearse". She's right. Her words of wisdom and humor will be greatly missed. Her joy was her grandson Ryan. She was so proud of him. Always showing everyone and I mean EVERYONE his picture. Strangers in the mall, coffee shops, in the bathroom for crying out loud! Always pulling out his picture, "This is my grandson; he's in the service, yadda yadda yadda. But no one seemed to mind. She would make everyone smile with her smile and her excitement and passion for life and all that is good in it. She had a weakness for laughter. No kidding…. till she peed herself. And often at times it would happen, which made it all that more funny. She would say that making someone laugh is the greatest joy on earth. "Laughter is the best medicine and it keeps you young. She always wore a smile on her face. She was stubborn at times (a Katchuk trait I have heard) but a strong woman and always tried to see the positive. "Always look up! Don't look down, look up" and "Don't give up the ship" and she'd smile. She was so giving. She was always picking up things at the church flea market or thrift store so she could turn around and give them to complete strangers she thought could use them. And you never knew what you were going to get for Christmas or your birthday or any day for that matter….she always had something on her that she had to give to her nieces and nephews and it always made all of us laugh. Because we all knew it was from that big heart without a doubt. She was indeed compassionate and giving. Yes, yes she was. June 13, 2016 was my mom and dad's 57th wedding anniversary. Surely that's no easy task. Believe me I know, I've lived it and that's why I drink. But they did it. And they did love each other to the end. Rest comfortably now in peace and in a place without hate, chaos and judgement. A place where there is only laughter, song and butterflies…lots and lots of beautiful butterflies for you mom. You will be missed by everyone. Thank you for being you. Thank you for you. Always love.
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