Obituary of Mary Sauerbrey Hinchcliffe
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Mary Sauerbrey Hinchcliffe
January 28, 1940 – June 10, 2023
In the early hours of Saturday, June 10, 2023, Mary Elizabeth (Sauerbrey) Hinchcliffe, formerly of Owego, passed away with hope of resting in peace for eternity.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Helen (McBride) Sauerbrey; her husband of 50 years, Robert G. Hinchcliffe; her half-brother, Edward James Valentine; her maternal and paternal grandparents, all of her many aunts and uncles and most of her many cousins.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Peggy Sue and Tom Reinthaler; her one cherished grandchild, Jacob Reinthaler; her son Lewis Edward Hinchcliffe; her sister-in-law, Joyce Faber Valentine; her brother and sister-in-law; Lewis Jacob and Martha Taylor Sauerbrey; her sister, Barbara Ann (Sauerbrey) Dunnigan and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary graduated from Owego Free Academy in 1957. She was a member of the National Honor Society, many extra-curricular activities and Kappa Epsilon Society. After graduation she started working for the local telephone company as an operator and stayed with them until they switched over to “dial”
In June of 1959 she married Bob (Hinch) Hinchcliffe. In August of 1960 Peggy Sue was born. In September of 1961, Lewis Edward was born. In 1966 the family was transferred to San Jose, California with IBM. They immediately fell in love with Northern California and after their next transfer to Tokyo, Japan, they returned to San Jose. After a successful career, Hinch retired and the couple (now “empty nesters”) sold their house in the beautiful Almaden Valley of San Jose and ventured north to Redding, California where they built a retirement home. After Hinch passed away in 2009 Mary stayed in Redding until she moved to Gilroy, California to be closer to her children and her grandson.
After 57 years in California, it had become home. Mary never forgot her roots in Owego and Northern Pennsylvania. Her family wishes that she be remembered with love and kindness. She requested no services be held. She is now at rest next to Hinch at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Redding, California.