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Obituary - Mary “Matesy” (nee-Spack) Herbert


Mary“Matesy”(nee Spack)Herbert

MARY "Matesy" (nee Spack) HERBERT, 90, of Hammonton, N.J., passed away peacefully at home on February 4, 2024. Born at home and raised in Philadelphia, she lived in Hammonton for 58 years. She attended Edgar Allen Poe School and graduated from South Philadelphia Girls High School in 1951. She worked for the Defense Supply Agency in South Philadelphia until her first child was born and then became C.E.O. of the household and managed the day-to-day activities of the family. She was a lifelong parishioner of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in South Philadelphia. She was asked to join the choir at the age of 12 and continued singing with the choir for over 70 years. She loved to cook and bake and received favorable praise for her desserts, especially her delicious cookies.


Mary was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Mary (Slivka) Spack; and her baby sister, Helen. She is survived by her loving husband of 59 blessed years, Simon "Sal" Herbert; sons, Daniel S. Herbert of Hammonton, N.J. and Thomas S. Herbert (Kimberly) of Sanatoga, Pa.; brothers, Michael Spack (Joyce) of Claymont, Del. and John Spack (Michele) of Stratford, N.J. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Brendan and Brianna Herbert; and many of her cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends.


Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, at the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church in Philadelphia, Pa. She was interred at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, Pa. In lieu of flowers, family request memorial donations to be made to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church, c/o: HVAC Project, PO Box 20083-Point Breeze Station, Philadelphia, PA 19145-0383


Arrangements entrusted to Ruffenach Funeral Home (Philadelphia)

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