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


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

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

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