SHARON, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Maria (Negrea) Klaric, of Sharon, died Monday, August 22, 2023, following an extended illness. She was 85.

Mrs. Klaric was born October 5, 1937, in Sharon, a daughter of the late Laura and Frank Negrea.

A lifelong area resident, Maria graduated from Sharon High School in 1956.

During her younger years, Maria worked at the former Sharon Transformer Div. of the Westinghouse Electric Co. and later worked in retail sales for Strouss,’ Kaufmann’s and Macy’s for over 30 years. 

Her beloved husband of nearly 61 years, Albert E. “Big Al” Klaric, whom she married September 26, 1959, preceded her in death September 22, 2020. Together, they raised a large family and never spent a night apart from each other.

Most important to Maria was her family. As “Nana,” she enjoyed supporting her children and grandchildren in all their endeavors, especially while attending their many activities and sporting events.

Maria leaves behind a daughter, Teri Tarr and her husband, Bill, of Warren, Ohio; two sons, Albert Klaric and his wife, Lynda, of Venice, Florida and Frank Klaric and his wife, Missy, of Sharon; seven grandchildren, Zach Stanton and his wife, Rachel, Dylan Stanton and Tyler Stanton and his girlfriend, Cassie Mattix, Ainsley and Camille Klaric and Destiny and A.J. Klaric; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Jackson, Adam and Ryan Stanton; two brothers, Frank “Sonny” Negrea and Johnny Negrea and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In addition to her parents and husband, Maria was preceded in death by a son, Ronn Klaric; eight sisters, Virginia, Sharon Ann, Dorothy, Florence “Flo,” Dolly, Betty, Frances and Helen and a brother, Michael. 

Calling hour will be 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturday August 26, 2023 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State Street, Sharon. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 3:00 p.m., in the funeral home, with Rev. James Power, officiating.

Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage. 

A television tribute will air Friday, August 25 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.