Mary Ann Plocinik, 78, of Somerset, NJ passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Robert Wood Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ.
Born in Mahanoy Plane, PA, she was the daughter of the late Daniel McCarthy and Anna Kerrigan.
She graduated from Mahanoy Area High School and worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the State House in Harrisburg prior to getting married to her sweetheart and best friend, Tom in 1964.
Mary shared an infectious kindness and generosity of spirit wherever she went. Her greatest joy was in caring for her family and raising her two daughters. She cherished and doted on her five grandchildren with great devotion.
Mary was deeply committed to her Catholic faith. As a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Martinsville, NJ, she always attended daily Mass and was a member of the daily prayer group an avid prayer of the rosary. She was especially proud of her grandson Christopher who is a seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s.
She enjoyed traveling, trips to the shore, and going out to dinner, but most of all she enjoyed spending time talking and laughing with her family and friends. She adored her family near and far and looked forward to her frequent visits.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved brothers Stephen and Philip McCarthy as well as her son-in-law, Michael Tillotson. She is survived by her husband Thomas Plocinik to whom she was married 57 years and daughters Diane Tillotson of Bloomfield, CT, and Julie Moore and her husband James of Alexandria, VA, and her five grandchildren, Erica and Christopher Tillotson and Camilla, Phoebe and Finn Moore.
Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, February 20 from 6-8 PM at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd, Watchung, NJ 07069. Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, February 21 at 10:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament Church, Martinsville, NJ with Monsignor Eugene Prus officiating. Interment will follow at 3 PM at New Holy Rosary Cemetery, 1005 West Pine Street, Frackville, PA under the care of Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home in Frackville, PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association on Mary’s Tribute page at alz.org or by mail: Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.