Mary has been a resident of North College Hill for over 46 years. She has been married for 49 years to her husband, Jim Dewald, and together they raised three children. Their children, Jimmy, Cindy and Michele attended and graduated from the North College Hill City School District. Mary, her husband, and her son were all elected and served on the North College Hill Council.
Mary is currently employed by the Salvation Army as a receptionist for the Catherine Booth Residence, a Senior Independent Living and subsidized housing apartment building. Most of her career history includes working as a bank teller for PNC Bank and serving as a secretary and a payroll clerk for the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services.
She is currently on the Board for the NCH Senior Center and St. Margaret Mary Parish Council. Mary has been a member of St. Margaret Mary Church for more than 45 years. At her church, she served in the Music Ministry for over 15 years and more recently the funeral choir, lectured at Mass and presently serves as a minister of Communion to the sick and home bound. Mary has also chaired booths for the church festival and Casino Night. Additionally, her participation at St. Margaret Mary has included Vacation Bible School, Sunday Morning Children’s liturgy, CCD facilitator and bingo worker.
While raising her children, Mary considered herself a “Professional Volunteer” holding positions in the PTA at the elementary level and then later at the Junior and High school levels, and chairing booths at the Clovernook Carnival for many years. Mary was an avid band parent and an active member of the band and athelic boosters for nearly a decade. She also was a leader in her son’s Cub Scout unit and her two daughters’ Brownie and Girl Scout troops for many years. Mary was also a secretary for the NCH CIC (Community Improvement Corporation).
In 1990 Mary was elected to NCH City Council for 3 terms, nearly 6 years. Unfortunately, due to a conflict of interest with the position she held at the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, Mary had to resign her position on city council.
Mary has devoted nearly every year of her life to supporting her family, her church and the city and schools of North College Hill. Her desire to serve her community as a North College Hill Councilperson is a continuation of her need to be a part of making NCH a strong city.
Issues that are of great importance to Mary are the need for property maintenance, public safety and financial responsibility.