Marie Vinciguerra, Scranton, died Thursday at home, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Her husband is Leonard Vinciguerra; the couple celebrated 38 years of marriage on July 13.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late William and Leona Ganz Connolly, she was a member of St. Ann's Basilica. She was educated in St. John's School, Scranton public schools and a graduate of West Scranton High School. Before her illness, she was employed in the Deli Department at Gerrity's on South Main Avenue.
She was known to her family and friends as "Mama Marie." She enjoyed bowling, drawing, cooking, watching movies, playing games on the computer and singing. Her dog "Buttons" was always nearby.
Marie was strong-willed and determined to never give up, an inspiration to many. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dr. Gratz, Dr. Barsigian, Dr. Farrell, Dr. Burke and Dr. Holla for the kindness and compassion which was shown to Marie and her family.
Also surviving are five daughters, Krista Pastora and husband, Anthony, Scranton; Melissa Vinciguerra and companion, Mark Coleman, Scranton; Allison Vinciguerra at home; Lindsay Kinney and husband, Shea, Scranton; and Amanda Vinciguerra at home; two sons, Paul Vinciguerra and companion, Melody Ziegler, Scranton; and Leonard Vinciguerra Jr. and companion, Jimmy Learn, Scranton; two sisters, Kathleen Thomas and husband, James, Taylor; and Peggy Meade and husband, Bill, Moscow; one brother, John Connolly, Scranton; four grandchildren, AJ, Makailey, Aidan and Madysen Pastora; nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann's St., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Ann's Basilica to be celebrated by the Rev. Francis Landry, C.P., pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday 3 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to
, 125 N. Washington Ave., Suite 260, Scranton, PA 18503.