MaryMartha Theresa Pribish - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

MaryMartha Theresa Pribish

March 25, 1936 - January 28, 2024

MaryMartha Theresa Pribish, age 87, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, January 28, 2024.

Born on March 25, 1936 in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Mitchell Hartz and Martha Bernoski. MaryMartha graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing and later received her RN degree from Del Tech. Her adult life was spent raising a family and caring for others as an ICU nurse at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, Delaware where she worked until she retired. MaryMartha was also a lifelong parishioner of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in New Castle, Delaware and was involved in various church ministries including RCIA, evangelization, and bereavement. Her greatest joy was her family. MaryMartha also enjoyed traveling, sewing, reading, puzzles and crafts. She loved the Lord and lived by his commandment to “Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self”. MaryMartha was a perfect example of love and grace.

In addition to her parents, MaryMartha was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Pribish Sr.; and daughter, Judith Ann Burtell. She is survived by daughters, Martha Shoemaker and Mary Theresa Walton (William); son, John J. Pribish Jr. (Mary); son-in-law, Lewis Burtell; grandchildren, Lewis and John Burtell, Anthony and Matthew Reilly, Jesse Walton and Jennifer Kline; eleven great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, February 2, 2024, at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Delaware Hospice, 630 Churchmans Road, Suite 200, Newark, DE 19702, or online by clicking here.


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  • Dear Martha and family. I’m so sorry to read of the passing of this wonderful lady. It was a joy to see her at Holy Spirit. I could see the love she had for her family and the love they had for her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Rest in peace, Mary Martha.

  • I love you Granny Pumpkin!!!
    You will be missed but I am at peace knowing that you are no longer in pain!! Xoxoxoxo
    All my love to our family!
    Prayers and love!

  • Angelic Aunt Mary
    So very loved and will be truly missed. Be at peace. Love Jen & Brad

  • Granny is how we all knew Mary Martha. She was a kind, caring person who made you instantly feel like you were part of her family. She always had a smile when we saw her and always had a kind word. One thing that was said to me when my father passed. I feel this will comfort you as well. You were blessed to have had the last day with her. Everything that needed to be said any issues that needed to be resolved. You had her final days to do so. Not everyone gets that chance. Knowing that she had a personal relationship with the Lord. She is definitely seated at his table.
    With our deepest sympathy and Love,
    Karen, Bennett and Scott

  • My condolences to Mary’s family. I haven’t worked with Mary in some time but she was always a great nurse and a beautiful person! Nicki

  • I worked with Mary at st Francis She was an excellent role model and a joy to with
    Dearest Sympathy

  • Sorry for your familys loss. I wish you guys well 🩷

  • Always in my thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • Martha, Theresa, and Family-
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful Mother. We absolutely adored her and your family! Sending you love and prayers during this difficult time.
    Tayler Johnston
    Cadia Rehab Pike Creek

  • My deepest condolences to Mary’s family. I worked with Mary at SFH ICU for many years. Mary’s dedication, care, and knowledge of critical care was second to none. Mary was dedicated to her work, supportive of her coworkers, and always spoke highly of her children.
    May God bless you all during this sad time.