With her daughter at her bedside, Mary (Nadolny) Bryant slipped the bonds of earthly life on June 20, 2012. Her time here spanned 87 years. Mary's life was one of love and deep appreciation for family and friends. Her truest joys were loving and providing for her family, those close to her, and so many others who knew her.
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Mary was the fourth child and the only daughter of Alexander and Marianna (Cekala) Nadolny. Her siblings were John Nadolny, Vincent Nadolny, both deceased, and Alexander Nadolny.
Mary was a student in the Richmond schools and graduated from Westerly High School. The years of WWII soon followed and brought to this locale an affable and handsome southern gentleman, Milton Randolph Bryant, who trained for military service at the nearby U.S. Army station in Arcadia, R.I. They met, fell in love, and after a courtship of about a year, as was the fate of so many others of the time, Mary bid him goodbye and godspeed as he left for wartime duty in Europe.
Happily, at the conclusion of the war, Randy returned in full health, and shortly thereafter they married. Later, they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Dolores. Mary's Catholic faith was the center of her life. Daily prayer and frequent Mass and reception of the sacraments were foundational to her very being. To Mary's great happiness, her husband Randy was baptized into the Catholic faith, receiving that sacrament at the same time their infant daughter was baptized. After 50 years of marriage, Randy died in November 1997.
For several years prior to her death, Mary resided with her daughter Dolores. Her family is deeply appreciative of numerous community caregivers who provided outstanding gentle care. The staff at the Westerly Adult Day Care became new friends to Mary. Also, deep appreciation is due the home health care providers who visited Mary at home to assist in her care. Their warmth and affection also made her days easier and more comfortable.
Mary's fragile health eventually required that she reside at Apple Rehab Watch Hill. There she received loving care for the last several months of her life. Her kind and gentle manner earned her many friends among both residents and staff. Mary's family is deeply grateful to the professionals there for the outstanding medical attention, daily care and compassion they accorded her.
Finally, sincere gratitude is owed to Dr. Edsel Bernardo, hospice care of Rhode Island, and the staff of The Westerly Hospital, all angels who care.
Mary's passing is mourned by daughter and son-in-law, Bruce and Dolores Olean of Wyoming, R.I.; and granddaughters Courtney Olean Paige and husband Michael, and Megan Olean Downey and husband Corey. She will be sadly missed by her great-granddaughters, Addison Paige and Grace and Lily Downey.
Family and friends may call Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Avery Funeral Home, 5A Bank Street, Hope Valley. A Funeral Mass to commend Mary to eternal life will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 1105 Main Street, Hope Valley, on Monday at 10 a.m. Interment is at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, R.I. 02904, or to the Saint Vincent dePaul Society of St. Joseph Parish, a charity helping anyone in need.
Published in The Westerly Sun from June 22 to June 23, 2012