Kurmlavage, Maryann Celestine (Mulholland), - 87, of Philadelphia, PA and Stone Harbor, NJ, went home to Jesus on November 28th. The funeral services will take place as follows: Friday, December 2nd, viewing 10:30 AM, and at 11:30 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 AM at St. Francis Xavier Church, 24th & Green Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Burial will immediately follow at Head of the River Cemetery, Tuckahoe, NJ. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Wimberg Funeral Home, 400 Liverpool Ave., Egg Harbor City NJ 609-965-0357. For condolences, please visit wimbergfuneralhome.com. Maryann was born in Atlantic City, NJ on May 23, 1929. She lived in Atlantic City with her parents and seven brothers and sisters until she was eight years of age when her family moved to Center City Philadelphia, PA. Her Philadelphia parish was The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. She graduated from John Hallahan High School in Philadelphia and worked as a Bell Tel operator, then at Trans World Airlines (TWA) where she met a dashing WWII 99th Infantry Battle of the Bulge Vet and TWA boss named Michael P. Kurmlavage (decease 1982) and they were wed in 1954. Maryann and Mike founded a successful (17 years in business) summer restaurant in 1969 in Stone Harbor, NJ called The Backyard and Mike's Bikes. Several years after Mike's death in 1982, Maryann sold the Stone Harbor restaurant and enjoyed knowing that it was recently resold to the Union League as a private club. Maryann was also a well-known real estate owner in Philadelphia and Stone Harbor. She self-managed her properties until her death and didn't mind the work because, "It kept me young." Maryann is survived by her three children: Mark J. Kurmlavage (Jennifer), Michael M. Kurmlavage (Maria) and John L. Kurmlavage, four grandchildren Vera Francis (Tony), Michael Philip II, Barbara Rose, and Christopher Francis. Maryann is preceded in death by 7 siblings: Kay, Claire, Marge, Huey, Dick, Dave, and Matilda. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Little Flower Manor, Darby PA. The family of Maryann wishes to thank all of mom's caregivers and long-time loyal friends, Marie, Irene, Patsy, Harriett, Dr. Barry and of course Betty and Joe.

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Michelle Bell

My sincere sympathy to you and your dear love ones. May you find comfort in these words found at 1Cor. 1:3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. The comfort that we can get from God regarding our decease is that at John 5:28-29 talks about a resurrection hope on earth. So the resurrection tells us about Jehovah's love and undeserved kindness. If you want to learn more, please go to JW.org.

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