Zabor Funeral Home Inc.
5680 Pearl Road Parma, OH 44129,
between Snow & Ridge Road
THORPE, Mary T. “Terry”

THORPE, Mary T. “Terry”


Mary T. “Terry” THORPE (nee James) age 70. Beloved wife of 48 years to John R. “Jack”. Dearest mother of John R. “Jay” (Heidi), Matthew (Jill) and Erin Hertvik (William). Loving grandmother of Jack, Austin, Allison and Maggie. Dear sister of Barbara Bartlebaugh (Jim), Chuck James (Jan), Cathy Drumm (Chuck), Jean Rhodes, Lois Bartko (Russ) and Bill James. Dear aunt and friend to many.

Please meet the family Thurs. morning either at the funeral home at 9:45 am prior to the Mass or at the FUNERAL MASS: THURS. DEC. 31, 11:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Church, 606 E. Washington St. Medina, 44256. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery. VISITATION: WEDNESDAY, 3-8 pm at the Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow & Ridge). 

Terry was a 1963 graduate of Magnificat H.S. She then attended St. Francis School of Nursing at St. Anthony Hospital in Columbus OH becoming a Registered Nurse in 1966. Terry began her nursing career at University Hospital in Cleveland working at the ICU. Her next career position was at Fairview Hospital’s Kemper coronary and catherization units from 1967-1969. Terry then worked at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton OH from 1969-1971 while Jack attended the Univ. of Dayton. She returned to work at Fairview from 1971-1988. She then moved into the home nursing field and was a pioneer in that business from 1988-2010. Terry opened an east and west side Cleveland office for Fidelity Nursing Systems. She again returned to Fairview Hospital as director of their home nursing agency after serving in executive positions in agencies in the Cleveland and Akron areas. Terry was a past president of the Medina County Right to Life Assoc. She attended the annual march on Washington taking her 10 year old son Jay with her in a group from St. Francis Xavier Parish. She was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Francis and brought Holy Communion to those in nursing homes in the Medina area. She was a loving member of her extended family and made many 60 mile round trips to celebrate siblings birthday lunches. Terry was a committed friend to many and never turned down an invitation to a social event. She took great pride in her children’s accomplishments and loved her 4 grandchildren dearly. She was loved deeply by her husband, Jack, of 48 years and she will be greatly missed by many. 

To offer condolences visit In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Foundation of America. 


Messages of Condolence

  1. So sorry to hear of Aunt Terry’s passing. What a lovely life she had. Always admired her as nurse as well, many Christmas Eve’s she would leave Uncle Mike’s celebration, head off to work all night long in the ICU! What a lovely picture of her in her nursing cap! Keeping your family in my prayers.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I have known your mother for over 25 years and she was always so nice.

    Prayers for your family.

    Karen Goodwin Mains

  3. Hi Matt and Family, we are thinking about you all today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Wahl Family (Sean, Amy, Caroline and Hannah)

  4. You have all been in my thoughts these past few days and I regret that I couldn’t give you my condolences in person
    So very sorry to hear of your loss.
    Much love….Noeller

  5. Hello to Terry Thorpe’s entire family. — I worked as an RN in the Kemper Coronary Unit at Fairview with Terry –for many years –1971 to 1981. We RN’s –as a Kemper “TEAM ” – saved many patients over the decades. Terry was always an outstanding nurse – wife and mother. She will indeed be missed. On occasion, we Kemper nurses met and had lunch out at Chung’s Restaurant on Lorain Rd. — I remember — One time when Terry brought baby Erin to one of our lunch ….meet-ups. She loved her family ….. greatly. We were very busy wives, mothers and professionals. Positive thoughts to all the family from…… from Sarasota, Florida.

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