Let the memory of Mary Alice be with us forever
  • 86 years old
  • Born on November 11, 1925 in Tacoma, Washington, United States.
  • Passed away on October 27, 2012 in Tacoma, Washington, United States.

Mary Alice Veronica Mierz, 86, died October 27, 2012 in Tacoma, Washington.

She was born November 11, 1925 in Tacoma to Earl Ray Johns and Mary Veronica Ganz.

She met her future husband, John Frank Mierzejewski Jr., when he was looking for the Polish Hall in Tacoma.  They were married on June 26, 1943 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Tacoma.  They were a long time resident of Tacoma and later in Renton, Washington. 

Mary Alice graduated from Lincoln High School. She worked at the Film Library at Camp Philips in Kansas. Helped processed German POW during WWII.  She was a telephone switchboard operator/supervisor, and real estate agent.  She also groomed poodles and raised canaries out of her home.

Her interests included reading and amateur historical romance writing. She was an avid sci-fi fan and a champion bridge player. She devoted much of her time and energy to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Frank Mierz (d:2000) and her sister, Earleene Josephine Welch (d:2008).

Mary Alice is survived by her half-brother Edward Daniszewski; her children: Gregory, Paul, Theresa, Veronica, Timothy, Patrick; her grandchildren: Michelle, Angela, Jeffrey, Sean, Danielle, Katelynne.

She is with her husband at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.


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Posted by Martin Lee on 27th October 2013
One year ago this lovely lady left us to join her husband in heaven. Even though she has left this world, she is always in our hearts and minds, loved and cherished forever.
Posted by Martin Lee on 2nd April 2013
Posted by Martin Lee on 25th March 2013
Mary Alice was placed with her husband at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent,Washington today. The family chose this day because its their father's birthday. Mary Alice and John are now together forever. 'TOGETHER FOREVER' is inscribed on the new niche faceplate.
Posted by Martin Lee on 23rd March 2013
We paid our respects to Grandfather Earl and Grandmother Mary at Calvary Cemetery yesterday, as well as Great-Grandparents Ganz. It was raining and hailing the day before, but sunny with blue sky during our visit.
Posted by Judy Kimball on 27th February 2013
My favorite book written by Mary Alice is "Grey Wolf" - it was her first book and although she finished it back in the '80's, she continued to tweak it for years. It's an Indian story - wonderful love story, wonderful story about an Indian tribe - set in either North Dakota or Montana, I think. It's a large book, over 100,000 words. It should all be on 3-1/2" disks.
Posted by Martin Lee on 26th February 2013
So far Angela has found seven titles. She is still working on identifying which title is complete or not, and which revision file(s) goes with which title and chapter.
Posted by Martin Lee on 16th November 2012
We did not find any printed manuscripts of her books, but we have over 200 diskettes look through. Our daughter, Angela, is determine to find Grandma's books from those diskettes.
Posted by Judy Kimball on 15th November 2012
Mary Alice and I met in a writing class in 1983. From there we ended up in a writing critique group together for 13 years. One word describes her: persistance! She never, never gave up on what she loved to do. And she became an exceptional fiction writer. We talked on the phone nearly weekly. She was a loyal, fun and faithful friend. I loved her and will miss her forever.
Posted by Adrianne Lee on 12th November 2012
Mary Alice was a true friend and a wonderful storyteller. She taught me to write in Word Perfect when it was still a DOS program. LOL. She loved writing Historical Romance novels and finished 3 or 4, I believe. Though we hadn't been close in location for several years, we have remained close in heart. I will miss her every day. Thank you for being my friend, Mary Alice.
Posted by Martin Lee on 11th November 2012
Happy birthday mom. I think your birthday present is being together with dad again after all these years. You must be having a huge birthday party with your sister, mother, father, aunties, uncles, in-laws ... Love you and miss you lots here.
Posted by Greg Mierz on 10th November 2012
She showed me that love and empathy are good qualities to have. She wanted us to be educated and well read as it would make us better people. She loved Dad very much and gave me the example of how a marriage should work. She loved my family and we all loved her. I will miss her very much but it was time for her to be with Dad. As her oldest son, I will miss her daily and love her forever.
Posted by Veronica Lee on 10th November 2012
My Mom was a gentle and loving women. She worked out of the home most of my childhood because she wanted to be home when we were. I have spent all my life trying to follow in her footsteps and make her proud of me. I will miss talking to her everyday. You will alway be in my heart and thoughts. I will love you and miss you daily. RIP Mom.

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