Mary Browne

Mary M. Browne

1919 - 2013 CHESHIRE Mary M. (Sittard) Browne, 93, died early Friday morning, April 19, 2013, at North Adams Commons where she had been a resident for the past year. She had previously resided at 44 Stonehedge Road in Cheshire for 57 years.

May, as she was called by her immediate family, was born in West Orange, N.J., on Oct. 15, 1919, to Theodore and Sibilla (Steffans) Sittard. She graduated from Belleville High School, Belleville, N.J., in 1936 at the age of 16.

Mary met her husband, Arthur, while working at Eclipse Air Brush Company in Newark, and on Oct. 18, 1945, they were married in West Orange. They moved their family to the Berkshires in 1954 because they loved the natural beauty and pretty towns of this area.

For most of her married life, Mary was a homemaker.

Mary loved animals, gardening, and the beauty of nature, which she artfully captured in her oil paintings and sketchings. She was influential in passing on her love of flowers and birds to her granddaughter, Mindy. Mary was also adept at playing piano, sewing, knitting and crocheting.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Adams, and a former member of the First Baptist Church of Cheshire where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Women's League.

Mrs. Browne is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Ann Browne of Ramona, Calif.; her daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Gregory Tremblay of Adams; her grandchildren, Matt Browne (Anna) and Mike Browne of California, and Mindy Dow and Marci Levesque of Massachusetts; four great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by Arthur Browne, her husband of 66 years, and by her sisters, Elsie Stoessel and Lilly Wahlers.

FUNERAL NOTICE: At the deceased's request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at The First Baptist Church of Adams with the Rev. Donald Gray officiating.

Donations in Mary's memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Adams or HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc. through the DERY FUNERAL HOME, P.O. Box 445, Cheshire, MA 01225.


This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.

Published online on Apr. 20, 2013 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.