Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Koval

  • Died: January 2, 2014
  • Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory

2506 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803

Tel. (302) 478-7100

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Elizabeth Koval passed away at home on January 2, 2014 at the age of 79.

Born December 4, 1934 in Teaneck, New Jersey, Mary was the daughter of the late James J. and Mary E. Devine (Maguire). One of five children, Mary graduated from St. Cecilia High School, Englewood, New Jersey and Parsons School of Design, New York City.

Mary worked for PanAm Airlines and for Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation, before marrying the love of her life, the late Walter P. Koval, in November of 1956. Together, Mary and Walter lived in Newark, NJ, Wallingford, CT, and Morristown, NJ before settling in Wilmington, DE in 1965, where together they raised their five children. Mary was the cornerstone of her family, a woman of wisdom and grace whose legacy is one of love, family and the power of faith.

She is survived by, and will be dearly missed by, her children, son Walt Koval (Teresa) of Wilmington, DE, son Jon Koval (Olga) of Allen, TX, daughter Stacy Murray (Russell) of Hockessin, DE, daughter Mary Beth Worrilow (Edward) of Wilmington, DE and son Mark Koval (Mary Ellen) of Wilmington DE. Also survived by her beloved grandchildren Wally, Alexandra, Wynn and Gabrielle Koval; Kelsey and Michael Koval; Kelly, Jennifer and Shannon Murray; Eddie (Meghan), Mark, Paul and Jimmy Worrilow; Luke and Caroline Koval; great-grandson Henry Worrilow; and her Brothers James (Sally) and John Devine. Mary is pre-deceased by her husband Walter, her beloved sister Patricia Stevenson (Devine), her brother Thomas Devine and her adored niece, Susan Stevenson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 8th at 11:00 am, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Liftwood, Wilmington, DE. Interment will follow at Lower Brandywine Cemetery, 101 Old Kennett Road, Wilmington. Friends and family are encouraged to visit on the evening of Tuesday, January 7th from 6-8 pm at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Flowers are welcomed; as are donations to the American Heart and Lung Association, or the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Walt, Jon, Stacy, Marybeth & Mark,
My deepest sympathy to your entire family for your loss. It was always a pleasure to take care of your mom Mary during her stays on 5North & 6South @ Wilmington Hospital. She was such a sweet and caring women and the love that your family shared was amazing.

Posted by Michelle Snodgrass, RN    January 15, 2014

Walt,Jon,Stacy,and Beth,

Sorry to hear your mom passed. I hope you are all doing as best you can. There are great memories from your Mom and Dad's home. They were great people. They live on in you and yours.

Jim Maxwell

Posted by A friend   January 11, 2014


The Funeral Mass was Amazing!! You could feel the Love in the church for such a Loving and Beautiful Soul! Until we meet again Aunt Mary~~ <3>

Posted by Laura    January 09, 2014


Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Soon your tears will be washed away by the Happy Memories you shared with such a Special Woman throughout your lives.
She is at peace now, and is Safe under God's wings!

Posted by The Goldman Family - Media, PA - Friend   January 07, 2014

Walt and Family,

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve Molloy

Posted by steve molloy    January 07, 2014

Walt, Jon, Stacy, Mary Beth and Mark,
I am so sorry for the passing of your Mom. She was a special woman, who will always hold a special place in my heart, along with your Dad. I have many fond memories of your Mom, as I spent so much time at your house in my teen years. I especially remember the countless times sitting around the kitchen table. I wish you and your family strength and peace through this difficult time. Always remember that your Mom and Dad are together again. That will bring a smile to your face.


Posted by Marcia Hulslander Kinnamen - Wilmington, DE - Friend   January 07, 2014

Dear Koval Family,
I am so sorry for your lose. Your Mother was a wonderful, giving and caring women. Her and your Father were one of the most favorite couples I knew. You know she will be watching you all from Heaven! God Bless!

Posted by Matt Doyle - Wilmington, DE   January 07, 2014

Walt Koval and the whole Koval family, sorry to hear of the loss of Mary. I know the fond memories will help you through the grief. Memories last for ever. Our sincere condolences.
Maria Leonowich

Posted by A friend   January 07, 2014

Dear family; I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mom and my friend from Pulmonary Rehab. we will all miss this very special Lady with my deepist sympathy, Gracey

Posted by A friend   January 06, 2014

I will always remember my Mary from Pulmonary Rehab - my sympathy goes out to the awesome family, so sorry for our loss

Posted by A friend   January 06, 2014

Dear Walt, Jon, Stacy, Mary Beth, Mark and your families, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of your parents from growing up in Brandywood, and they were dear friends to my parents. I always admired your family for the many loving qualities you share. You are in my prayers. Sincerely, Mary Digel

Posted by Mary Digel - Sparta, NC   January 06, 2014

Dear Stacy, Russ and Family,
We were so saddened to hear of your loss. May the fond memories of special times shared with Mom sustain you during this most difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy and Prayers,
Pat and Steve Graham and Family

Posted by - DE   January 06, 2014

My Deepest Sympathies to the entire Koval family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have wonderful memories or your Mother!
With Love,
Sarah (Digel) Oakum & Family

Posted by Sarah Oakum - Naples, FL   January 06, 2014


Walt,Teresa and family.So sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Aimee Flowers - Wilmington, DE   January 05, 2014

Koval family, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a beautiful and sweet woman. Condolences from the Becker family.

Posted by Becker Family - Wilmington, DE   January 05, 2014

Walt, Teresa and family. So sorry for your loss. Memory eternal!

Posted by Michael Klezaras    January 05, 2014

I am thinking of your family at this difficult time. (ELI Tutor, Sisi Morris)

Posted by Sisi Morris - Newark, DE - One of the ELI tutors at UD   January 05, 2014

Mark and family I am sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.

Mary Kane and family

Posted by Mary Kane - Bear, DE   January 05, 2014

Sincere condolences to the Koval and Murray families.
Candy and Peter Christy

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2014

Walt, Teresa and family. So sorry for your loss. Memory eternal!

Posted by Michael Klezaras - Newark, DE   January 05, 2014

I am so sad to read this: Walt, Jon, Stacy, Mary Beth, and Mark - My thoughts are with you as you grieve this loss of your very special mom. She was probably the strongest woman I have ever known. Mary lou Kelk Donohoe (Vermont)

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2014

Marybeth stacia Walt Jon and mark I want to send you my condolences about your mom she will be greatly missed and I will forever hold her in my heart she was like a second mom to me and she has left such a legacy in all of you god bless you all thinking of you all Marianne

Posted by Marianne Zito - Wilmington, DE - Old school friend   January 05, 2014