OLEAN - Pauline "Polly" Feightner, 74, passed away peacefully in her home Tuesday (April 8, 2014), surrounded by family, after a long illness. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, she was a true friend to all who had the honor of knowing her.
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Born Sept. 9, 1939, in Clearfield, Pa., Pauline was the sixth of seven children born to Albert (Alberico) and Josephine Pontillo Coviello. On Oct. 11, 1958, she married Thomas K. Feightner of Johnstown, Pa., after the two met in beauty school. They moved to Olean in 1959 and soon after opened Tommy's Hairdressing Salon, a longtime area business, where Pauline worked from 1967 until she retired.
Polly Feightner was a writer, poet, artist and a lifelong avid reader. Her paintings and artworks have been sold at charity events and, in particular, to raise money for Mount Irenaeus Franciscan Retreat in West Clarksville. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed playing games, reading stories and cooking with them. Many area school children knew Pauline as "Mrs. Santa Claus," a role she truly loved to play as often as she could. She was also a die-hard New York Yankees fan, and her crush on Mickey Mantle was rivaled only by her favorite actor, Paul Newman. She also loved to watch March Madness basketball games and could sometimes be heard rooting for her teams from several blocks away.
Her enthusiasm for life was incredible, and she spread it to others in everything she did. Much more than just a hairdresser, Pauline was an extraordinary life counselor, always sought out for her sound advice, guidance and prayerful faith. She helped others at every opportunity, friend or stranger; and her faith, central to her own life, was a true inspiration to all.
Pauline was a longtime member of St. Mary of the Angels church and had been referred to by some as the best lector St. Mary's ever had.
"Poet, painter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. The list goes on without end."
Surviving besides her husband are five children, Matthew (Carol) Feightner of Rocky River, Ohio, Andrew Feightner of Milford, Del., Donna (Kevin) Corbett of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Fredric Feightner of Olean and Christine (Joseph) DiCarlantonio of Fredonia; nine grandchildren, Ian, Jakob and Marcello Feightner, Shane and Dominic Feightner, Aaron Pompi and Hilary Tymcio, Olivia Feightner and Joseph DiCarlantonio; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Stoika and Vivian Rose Pompi; four brothers and sisters, Rose and Frank Emick of Lewes, Del., Frances Marano of Clearfield, Pa., Margaret Barrett of Wake Forest, N.C., and Albert (Jean) Coviello of Mountain Lake Park, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a brother, Anthony Coviello; and a sister, Victoria Biancuzzo.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road. A prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday (April 12, 2014) in the funeral home. A funeral service will follow at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Angels Church. The Rev. Gregory Dobson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HomeCare & Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760, www.homecare-hospice.org.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Apr. 10, 2014
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