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Mary E. (Fanning) Halula

December 28, 1952 — April 26, 2021

Mary E. (Fanning) Halula, 68, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 at her residence, with her husband by her side. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Catherine (Stack) Fanning, born on December 28, 1952 in Harrisburg.

Mary was the second oldest of eight children and grew up on Rudy Road in Harrisburg, surrounded by her brothers and sisters as well as other neighborhood kids and families that were like family. Mary graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School as a member of the Class of 1970. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and obtained her RN license. She began her career in nursing and health care at Harrisburg Osteopathic Hospital. Mary also worked for Capital Blue Cross for many years in insurance and later as a Home Health Aide for Home Instead Senior Care. Mary’s greatest joys in life were being married to her husband and soulmate, David, her two children, and her two grandchildren, who loved their Mimi dearly. Mary was an extremely caring, kind, and selfless person, who was always thinking of others before herself. Mary prayed daily and was a member of St. Joe’s Parish in Mechanicsburg.

Surviving Mary is her husband of almost 48 years, David J. Halula; her son and daughter, Timothy Halula of Mechanicsburg and Laura Ludwig (Michael) of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Alexandra Ludwig and Evan Ludwig; siblings, Kathleen Fanning of Harrisburg, Patricia Gustin of Paxtang, Judith “Judy” Mason of Mesa, AZ, Ellen Hamilton of Mesa, AZ, John Fanning (Sue) of New Cumberland, and Paul Fanning of TN; sister-in-law, Joann Halula; brothers-in-law, Joseph Halula (Kathy) and Leon Halula (Wendy); and nieces and nephews, Jeffrey Orris, Nicholas Fanning, Brittney Fanning, Abigail Fanning, Michael Fanning, Robert Halula, Amanda Halula, and Julie Halula. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Terrance P. Fanning; in-laws, Joseph and Florence Halula; and a brother-in-law, Steve Hamilton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30AM on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg. Burial will take place immediately following mass in Rolling Green Cemetery, Camp Hill.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mary’s name to the American Heart Association (

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