MaryKay (Hines) Gvodas, 78

MaryKay Hines Gvodas, 78, of Royersford formerly Pittston, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Monday, October 30, 2023. Born in Pittston on April 29, 1945, she was the oldest daughter of the late John A. Hines and Kathryn Callahan Hines.

She was a graduate of Pittston High School. She was a founding member of DeanMatt Medical, a home medical equipment company, which she helped grow into what is now the largest Home Medical Equipment company in the country. She worked as its front office manager for many years and retired in 2018. A devoted parishioner of Sacred Heart Church of Royersford for almost 50 years, MaryKay was also a faithful servant in her role as an extraordinary minister for the parish. She was an avid dancer throughout her life, showing off her tap dancing and jitterbug skills at family weddings and parties. As a certified yoga instructor and group aerobics instructor she had supported hundreds of clients and students in their health and fitness.

MaryKay dearly cherished her family. She enjoyed trips over the years with her siblings, cousins, and life-long friends. All were welcome to her home and nothing brought her more joy than to entertain family and friends with music, food (her specialty: “whimpies” and her mom’s coleslaw) and games. She created life-long memories for her nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom will carry in their hearts MaryKay’s promise, “Something could be nothing and nothing could be something!”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John A. Hines, Jr., Father Joseph W. Hines (Ret. USN), and Gerard A. Hines.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, John M. Gvodas; her children Denise Repko and her husband, Roy Repko, Perkiomenville; Christine Scheffey and her husband, Scott Scheffey, Reading; John M. Gvodas, Jr., Royersford; Tara M. Woodruff and her husband, Daniel Dukes, Herndon, VA; Michael Gvodas and his wife, Christine Gvodas, Huntsville, AL; Stephanie March, Yreka, CA; Dean M. Gvodas and his wife, Emily Gvodas, Limerick; her siblings Thomas F. Hines and his wife, Theresa, Pittston; Robert H. Hines, Port St. Lucie, FL; Joseph C. Hines and his wife, Patricia, Pittston; Ann Hunter and her husband, Thomas, Jenkins Township;

Patrick J. Hines, Pittston; and Margaret Belinka, Pittston; her sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Hines, East Stroudsburg, and Joni Hines, Souderton; 25 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews, as well as cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 10:00am in Sacred Heart Church, 838 Walnut Street, Royersford. Those attending are asked to go directly to church on Saturday morning. Interment will follow at Limerick Garden of Memories. Friends may call Friday, November 3, 2023, 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Sacred Heart Church, 838 Walnut Street, Royersford, PA, 19468, or online at

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Gvodas family, very sorry for your lost.

~ jack gowran
11/8/2023 12:13:44 PM

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Aunt Mary Kay was a wonderful kind and caring person. I will miss her and I k is she will be deeply missed by her family.

~ Karen Golden
11/1/2023 3:40:11 PM