Mary A. Pike, 97, Rochester, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Life Care Center of Rochester.
She was born on Dec. 17, 1921, in Mentone, the daughter of Gordon and Edith (Vandermark) Young. She graduated from Akron High School in 1940.
On Dec. 17, 1940, in Rochester, she married the love of her life, Forest H. Pike. They had more than 50 years of great adventures. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 1995.
Mrs. Pike had worked at Nickles Bakery as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1990, and had also worked in the family business with Pike Garage Doors sales. She was a member of the women’s group of the Elks Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary and Eagles Auxiliary.
She was a very talented woman who could play many sports from bowling to golf. She excelled in both sports, winning titles in many tournaments. She loved the game of golf and taught several people, children and grandchildren how to play. She loved helping out with the youth league for kids at the Elks. A special memory she always liked to share was that her husband, a city boy, brought a country girl to town and taught her how to play golf but wouldn’t play with her. She would say that she asked him once why he wouldn’t play with her and his answer was, “I am not going to have you beat me.” This always brought a special smile to her face.
She was one of the first ladies to help out with getting free mammograms for people in need. When her children were young, she was their den leader and always made sure that all the neighborhood kids could play basketball at her house. Many times she played basketball herself and would forget that she had eggs boiling until the smell came out of the house. She would have to buy a new pot because of her playing “that silly game” (her words).
She loved having a garden, through which her son Fuzzy and she would ensure that she canned 200 quarts of green beans every year to last through the coming year. Her specialties, that were amazing, were her panned fried chicken and peanut brittle, which she shared with numerous friends and family. Her true passion was the Elks Lodge. She loved playing golf there and helping out through the pro shop, cooking panned fried chicken or planting flowers. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother whom her children and grandchildren love.
Left to cherish the memory of Mary are her children, David “Radar” Pike, Rochester, Richard “Fuzzy” and wife Penny Pike, Rochester, and Mark and wife Cindy Pike, Macy; grandchildren Josh (Marji) Pike, Brandy (Cory) Winn, R.D. Pike, and Jessica, Jeremiah and Marilynn Pike; great-grandchildren Jaxs Pike, and Cooper, Chloe and Callen Winn; and sisters Margaret Yeater, Michigan, and Frances Irvin, Warsaw.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Sally Pike Bell in 2001; brothers Everett and Charles Young; sisters Opal Epler and Doris Ann Young.
At her request, there will be no visitation and a private family memorial will be planned at a later date. Arrangements are handled by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com.