BEDFORD - Mary M. (Smillie) Pitanis, 54, of Bedford, died peacefully at her home, on July 25, 2012, after a long illness.
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Born in Manchester on Dec. 26, 1957, she was the daughter of William Smillie Sr. and Constance (Demers) Smillie. She resided in South Manchester all her life before moving to Bedford in 2000.
Mary graduated from Manchester Memorial High School, Class of 1976.
She was employed by New England Telephone Co. for 20 years and she retired in 2003 as a central office technician.
Mrs. Pitanis was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church.
Whether at the beach, a concert, by a sunny pool, traveling or dining out with friends or family, Mary enjoyed a full and happy life.
Family members include her loving husband of 22 years, John M. Pitanis of Bedford; her faithful cat, Zaza, who was always at her side; brothers, Stephen Smillie of Peterborough, William Smillie Jr. and his wife, Patricia, of Chester; nieces, Stephanie and Kathleen; nephews, Scott and Timothy; a grand-niece, Annabelle; several aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many dear friends and her special caregiver, Linda.
SERVICES: There are no calling hours. Following cremation, a memorial Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 S. Elm St., Manchester. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament Parish Food Pantry, 14 S. Elm St., Manchester 03103 or the Visiting Nurse Association and Home Hospice, 33 S. Commercial St., # 401, Manchester 03101. The Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements. For more information or to view the online guest registry, please visit: www.connorhealy.com.
Published in Union Leader on July 27, 2012