Mary J. Bungas, 89, of Ambridge, died Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Heritage Valley Sewickey. She was born on January 5, 1932 at 310 First Street in Ambridge. She was the daughter of the late Emmanuel Bellas of the Isle of Crete, Greece and Stella (Fallieras) Bellas, of the Isle of Samos, Greece. Mary was the first college graduate in the Bellas family. She taught in several of the schools in the Ambridge Area School District. It was a job she loved because she adored teaching children. A devout member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Ambridge, she sang in the choir and played the organ for over six decades. She was married to her husband for 67 years and raising her three boys in her beloved town of Ambridge brought her much happiness... and many adventures. Mary liked to to travel and shop, to learn and to teach. She loved spending time with and talking to family, friends and total strangers because she truly was interested in them. Always smiling, Mary spread her joy and love of life and culture to everyone she met, young and old. She was always playful and fun and touched the actual Liberty Bell, even when she was told not to by the tourist guide!- She said, " I didn't come all the way to Philadelphia not to touch the Liberty Bell. I'm an American." Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were a son, George Bungas, brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Kay Bellas, sister and brother-in- law, Joyce and James Pappas, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Irene B. and Manny Katz and brother-in-law, Christ Bungas. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John G. Bungas, Sr., two sons, John Bungas Jr. of Ambridge and Emmanuel Bungas of Atlanta, GA, sister-in-law, Maro Bungas of Dormont, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Friends will be received on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the John Syka Funeral Home, Inc. 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge and Saturday from 9 AM until time of funeral service at 11 AM in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 2930 Beaver Road, Ambridge. Her pastor, Father Anastastios Athanasiou will preside. Interment will follow in Economy Cemetery. Trisagion services will be held Friday at 6:30 PM in the funeral home. Out of health concerns, the family respectfully asks that any one who has not been vaccinated to please wear a mask when entering the funeral home and the church.
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