Mary Ann Hogan (Isabella) SchenectadyMary Ann Hogan, 62, of Schenectady died peacefully Saturday, July 6, 2013, at her home surrounded by family and friends after fighting a courageous three-year battle with metastatic breast cancer. Born on February 23, 1951 in Schenectady, she was the daughter of Irene C. Willyoung and the late John V. Hogan. Mary Ann graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1969 and received her bachelor of education from Russell Sage College in 1973. She went on to work at Capital District OTB for 23 years, where she spent time as an auditor and in the purchasing department. Subsequently, she went back to her original love of education in the latter part of her life and was a substitute teacher for many years until the onset of her illness. Mary Ann's love and loyalty to her family was the primary focus of her life. Her bubbling personality reached the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Mary Ann's infectious smile, love, devotion and caring attitude toward others defined who she was. Whether telling a story or her marathon phone calls to many, Mary Ann's love for human kind was evident to whomever she touched. Her selfless, nurturing, fun-loving personality was apparent in everything she did as she put the well being of family and friends first. Her 'Why not me' attitude during her battle with cancer was glaringly shown by never letting the disease define who she truly was. In her true spirit of giving, Mary Ann donated her body to the Albany Medical Center anatomical gift program to be used in research. She was a fervent reader who loved gardening, home decorating, LSU football and following and supporting whichever sport or interest her husband and children participated in. She was an avid supporter and volunteer at Schenectady Little League and Schenectady Babe Ruth. Mary Ann married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Isabella, on June 28, 1980. They just recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary, and together they had two beautiful children, Kaitlin and Sean. She is survived by her mother, Irene C. Willyoung; brother, Michael Hogan; brother, Dan (Lisa) Hogan; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends who she loved dearly. Her two best friends from childhood, Mary Trolio and Marie Donner, as well as her guardian angel, Karin Seaburg, also survive her. She was predeceased by her brother, Dennis. A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church at 1803 Union St. with a reception to follow at the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Center on Rosa Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mary Ann Hogan Memorial Scholarship through the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady, 400 Craig St., Schenectady, NY 12307. The family would like to thank Dr. Rufus Collea and the entire staff at NYOH at Albany Medical Center and Dr. Beth Overmoyer and the entire staff at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on July 8, 2013