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Mary D. Cristiano

1928 - 2015 LENOX Mary D. Cristiano, 86, died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 23, surrounded by her family. Mary was born in Clarks Green, Penn. to Harold and Anna Margaret Ives Doud on Dec. 7, 1928 the youngest of five children. She graduated from Abington High School and attended Keystone College. She owned and operated the original Perkins Pancake House in Clarks Summit, Penn. Later, she and her children moved to Lenox, where she resided for over 50 years. She was employed at Berkshire Life and at the District Court of Central Berkshire. She was a volunteer at the Visitors' Center in Lee, Berkshire Medical Center, and The Chamber of Commerce in Lenox. Mary and her husband Edward J. "Ned" Cristiano enjoyed entertaining their many friends and treasured their numerous trips abroad. Mary was known for her fabulous gardens which brought her great joy. She loved spending time with her family, her dog "Jill" her devoted friend, Jeanie Aumann, and her sister-in-law, Carole "Cris" Raymond of Stockbridge. She leaves her children, Carol and (Jay) Breeze of Tallahassee, Fla., Mary and (Bob) McLane of Colchester, Vt., Ruth and (Bob) Bradley of Windsor, Peter and (Cindy) Nichols of Lee, and Judy and (John) Stoklosa of Dalton, ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by two sisters, Jane Warr and Esther Staples; and her former husband, Norman Nichols, of Clarks Summit, Penn. "Extraordinary" Mary was predeceased by her husband of 28 years, "Ned" Cristiano, in 1998. She was also predeceased by her brother, Harold; sister, Anne; and grandson, Christopher Breeze. Her family remembers her for her independent nature, integrity, wisdom, and determination. They would like to thank the staff at Berkshire Medical Center and her caring doctors and nurses throughout Berkshire County. A private memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Lenox. In memory of Mary, donations may be made to Cocoon Biotech Inc. The company has created a research fund in honor of Mary Cristiano. All proceeds will be used to develop new treatments for arthritis. Non-taxable donations can be sent to Cocoon Biotech Inc. 427 Marlborough St. #9 Boston, MA 02115. Please contact info@cocoonbiotech.com for further information. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories please visit our website at www.kellyfuneralhome.net.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 26, 2015
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