LIMA — Mary Kathryn Pitts, 64, died at 12 a.m. on Sunday, Feb 19, 2017, at St. Rita’s Inpatient Hospice Unit in Lima.

Mary was born on Aug. 4, 1952, in Cleveland, to Andrew F. Szippl and the late Dorothy Mae (Will) Szippl. Her father survives. On Thursday, Feb. 14, 1991, she married Andrew Mitchell Pitts. He survives in Ada.

She retired from the Lima News after 29 years in the advertising department.

She is survived by her daughter, Stacie Sprague, of Lima, son, Shane Sprague, of Lima, step-son, Alan (Connie) Pitts, of Columbus, step-son, Jason (Pat) Pitts, of Phoenix , Arizona, and step-daughter, Shelly Pitts, of Ada; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren; brother, David (Joann) Szippl, of Sidney, sister, Janet (Gary) Swallow, of Lima, brother, Rev. Richard Szippl SVD, of Nagoya, Japan, sister, Margaret (Mike) Madigan, of Harrod, brother, Bill (Jeanne) Szippl, of Ada, brother, Tim (Susanne) Szippl, of Overland Park, Kansas and a brother, John (Rosie Motter) Szippl, of Harrod.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Szippl.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, followed by a Parish Wake Service at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home in Lima. Also visitation from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday prior to leaving for the church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Rose Catholic Church, Lima. Rev. David M. Ross will officiate.

Interment will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice, 959 W. North St., Lima, OH 45805 or Kindred & Rehab Hospital, 730 W. Market St., Lima, OH 45801.

Condolences may be expressed at