Date of Death: May 20, 2023

Service Details

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 7, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at The Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold Street, Three Rivers with a Rosary to follow at 7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 11:00am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 645 S. Douglas Avenue, Three Rivers, with Father R. Mathias officiating. She will be laid to rest at Poe’s Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

Mary Therese Barrone, 73, of Three Rivers, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 20, 2023 with her sisters by her side. Mary was born in Three Rivers, Michigan on August 8, 1949. “The most beautiful baby in the world” according to her parents, Edmund and Julia (Gherna) Haldy. After attending Immaculate Conception School through eighth grade, Mary graduated from Three Rivers High School with the Class of 1967 and from Western Michigan University in 1971.

Having been a teacher for nearly 50 years at Immaculate Conception School Mary touched the lives of many students. No one left her third grade without knowing their times tables. Several students pursued their own careers in education because of her influence.

Mary was united in marriage with Michael Barrone on February 12, 1994. Though they had a short 6 years together they shared a love of family, faith and Notre Dame. Michael passed away on July 23, 2000.

Mary was an avid reader. Her range of topics went from Ancient Rome to Native Americans as well as Early American History and the occasional romance novel. She was a member of The Friends of the Library. Mary’s love of God and of her church gave her a sense of peace and purpose. She was a member of the Daughters of Mary at Immaculate Conception Church. Mary will be remembered for her love of sports, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Notre Dame being her favorite teams.

Mary had two brothers, Carl (Mary) Haldy of Arvada, Colorado and James Haldy of Three Rivers. Two sisters, Anne Rohrer and Sara (Rick) Daniels of Three Rivers. Special nieces and nephews include Wade (Lisa) Rohrer, Heather (Jeff) Mihills, Owen (Angie) Rohrer, Clay (Onya) Rohrer, Megan (Aldo) Vasquez, Katie (Brian) Keogh, Ross (Emily) Daniels and their families as well as her very dear cousin, Karen Sheehan.

The family wishes to express their love and gratitude to the many people who enriched Mary’s life including many lifelong friends, her church family as well as the caregivers and medical professionals at Beacon South Bend Memorial Hospital, Goshen Hospital and their Cancer Centers as well as Beacon Homecare and Hospice of Three Rivers.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Additional Information

Donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Immaculate Conception School, the Three Rivers Public Library as well as Beacon Homecare and Hospice of Three Rivers. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. Mary was my dear cousin.
    My grandfather and her grandmother were brother and sister.
    Her grandmother Maria came from her native Italy to Michigan in 1913.
    Later, my grandfather Maurizio went to France in 1920.
    My grandfather and myself met our cousins for the first time in Three Rivers in 1966. Mary was 17 and I was 19. We had a wonderful time together. Then we exchanged letters for many years telling about our lives.
    I really appreciated her great culture and her knowledge of history. She was curious about everything.
    I send my deepest condolences and sympathies to Sara and Ann as well as Jimmy and Carl.
    I wish them a lot of courage for this difficult moment.
    May she rest in peace with God.

  2. I was in the first class that Mary taught at Immaculate Conception School. I absolutely adored her. Mary was so kind. I had the pleasure to see Mary about 6 years ago and we had such a wonderful conversation. She remembered every single one of the names of my classmates. All these year later, so many students and she remembered all of us. She was so genuinely thoughtful. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  3. One of my dearest friends who I have many treasured memories of our adventures together.We taught together, traveled to many distant places and laughed over some very funny experiences. The world has lost a kind, caring & devout person. May Mary rest in the arms of our Lord❤️🙏

  4. She was one of the best teachers I ever had and she will be fiercely missed, my heartfelt condolences go out to her friends and surviving family members

    • My deepest sympathies to the whole family. Mary was a very special person and loved by all of us. My daughter had her as a teacher and always said she was one of the kindest and caring teachers but made sure you learned your stuff!. I had the pleasure of knowing her through school and church, and we shared many laughs. When she heard we were going to Italy, she lent me a beautiful photo book of Italy, then insisted I keep it after we returned. I will treasure this special gift, and the white shoes she gave me because we both had little feet. Rest peace dear friend. We will miss you so much. ✝️🙏♥️

  5. We are saddened to hear of Mary’s passing. It was special seeing you!! Mary was a beautiful soul and I remember her calm demeanor when she would come in to our store with your dear father to help select the perfect keepsake for your mother. We love your family and will never forget them. Lovingly, Peace and comfort be with you🙏🥰🙏

  6. Mary was an excellent teacher at Immaculate Conception School and truly cared about her students. I feel honored to have worked with her at IC when I was the Administrator there. I enjoyed Mary’s humor and friendship. I know she will be greatly missed. My condolences to Sara and Mary’s family members. May God surround you with His healing, comfort, peace and love during this difficult time.

    Judy Gilchrist-Mohney
    Stayton, Oregon

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