Mary J. Bires, 87, of Ludlow, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at the Kane Community Hospital after an extended illness.
She was born April 13, 1926 in Lamont, the daughter of the late Alois and Mary Prokop. Her childhood was spent in James City.
She was a graduate of the Kane Area High School and had been employed by Holgate Brothers in Kane.
In 1950 she married John P. Bires in Kane. She was a faithful member of St. Callistus Catholic Church
Surviving relatives include a son, Jonathan Bires of Ludlow; a sister, Ann Lester of Sheffield; and a brother Alois (Jane) Prokop of Salisbury, Conn. She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and cousins as well as a large number of friends and her pet cat, Happy.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; and one son, Jerome Paul Bires.
Mary was noted as a kind, cheerful, and generous person who helped and comforted many people. Her concern and care for others was greatly admired by all who knew her. To meet her was to instantly become a friend.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Callistus Church on Tuesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Philip A. Pinczewski, pastor, as celebrant. A viewing will be held in the Church's gathering space one hour prior to Mass.
Burial will be in St. Callistus Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Callsitus Catholic Church or the Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com .