Mary Edna Charlotte Vecchio Pappalardo
1917 - 2021
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Mary Edna Charlotte Vecchio Pappalardo
Mary Edna Charlotte Vecchio Pappalardo left this world on the morning of January 7 at the distinguished age of 103 in Bethlehem, PA due to complications from COVID-19. In her final days, she was comfortable, in a peaceful place, and surrounded by music and family.
Mary (aka Aunt Mary, Mom, Grandma, Mom-mom, Mataji, GGMa, Jomba) was born Mary Vecchio in September 1917 in New York City, the youngest of thirteen children of Italian immigrants. Over the years, she was a resident of Lakeview, NY; Malverne, NY; Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA; East Stroudsburg, PA; Holiday, FL; Gainesville, FL; Hilo, HI; and Bethlehem, PA.
She survived the last global pandemic of 1918, the Great Depression, two World Wars, a forced relocation, and even the 1962 Mets season. Over a century's worth of changes big and small, Mary's steadfast faith and indefatigable good humor guided her, and she took it all in stride, an ever-bright and buoyant light in the world around her. She was an educator, a care-giver, a storyteller, a sage, an endless provider. She was a babysitter, a Mets fan, a musician, a poet, a generous hostess, a relentless traveler, and a shrewd card player. She was a matriarch. She was known and loved for her warmth, her boisterous laugh, her endless stories, her boundless love of life, her extraordinary faith, her daily walks and talks with God, and her signature nightly glass of red wine. Mary's memoirs can be found at: https://theMaryEdna.com
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, twelve brothers and sisters, her husband Salvatore, her son Paul, and daughter-in-law Lisa. She is survived by: her daughters Rosemary Piazza and Jean Prem, her sons and daughters-in-law Sal and Joanne Pappalardo, Peter and Lynn Pappalardo, and Frank and Michele Pappalardo, as well as 19 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and countless cousins, nephews, and nieces in both the Vecchio and Pappalardo families. A notorious chatterbox, she is also survived by an unknowable host of friends, acquaintances, associates, and fans.
It is a cruel injustice that a global pandemic will prevent a proper celebration of her prodigious life at this time. A Catholic mass and funeral will be held for immediate family only. A more fitting celebration of her life will take place on a future date. In lieu of flowers or other considerations, a donation may be made in her generous and ever-compassionate name to your local food pantry to help feed those in need in these trying times.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 14, 2021
Sal, so sorry to read about the passing of your Mother. You are very fortunate to have her for this many years. From what I read , she was a wonderful lady. My sincere sympathy to you and the rest of the family.

lois stopp
Friend
January 12, 2021
Sal, I am so very sorry to read about your mom. What an amazing woman and life! Her accomplishments should certainly be celebrated on earth as she is now at her reward in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michelle M Stoudt
Coworker
January 12, 2021
I never met Mary,but reading about her extraordinary life is most inspiring.May her soul rest in peace. I am sure she is in the company of angels. The world needs more people like her, especially now. My condolences to all her loved ones
Madeleine Scotti
January 12, 2021
What a wonderful woman. I am so glad that I got to know her.
Maureen Harpell
Friend
January 11, 2021
My mother Kathie Wilkins Fellman was best friends with Jean growing up. I know she was quite fond of Mary, and even went to visit her sometime in the LV when Mary and Jean were in town and Mom was down from NH. I have heard so many good words about her and I hope that she is in peace now getting to be the way she wants to be! Condolensces to the family.
Samantha J Holbert
Acquaintance
January 11, 2021
GGMa was so much fun! I got to know her as we walked her Gainesville neighborhood! She was upbeat and intelligent and never ran out of things to talk about! My prayers are with her whole family.
Colleen Olexa
Neighbor
January 11, 2021
RIP Aunt Mary
Kira Fagan-Holden
Family
January 11, 2021
LOVE2ALL!
Keith Knierim
Acquaintance
January 10, 2021
Mary was an amazing woman! I still remember living in ParkTowne and she would always have a gathering at her townhouse! I remember when I was a kid standing next to her while she played her piano and lead us all in singing “Roll out the barrel”. She always had a smile on her face was so warm and welcoming!! I will never forget her! The absolute nicest, sweetest, generous, giving, caring person I have ever known!!! On behalf of the Scibetti family please accept our condolences.
Christine Uporsky
Neighbor
January 10, 2021
Oh my Mary the light of Holy family Manor! One of the best residents I ever took care of! Thank you Mary for your stories, advice and your poems you wrote to give it to us employees. I will cherish them forever! May you RIP and never stop going for walks, drinking your wine and your beautiful smile up in heaven! You will be missed! Love Jeanette Garcia
JEANETTE GARCIA
Friend
January 10, 2021

I love you. You truly were the matriarch and it all starts with the roots!

Love from your number 1 kid- Rosemary
Rosemary Piazza-Pappalardo
Daughter
January 10, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Charles A. Garris
Acquaintance
January 9, 2021
Heaven has truly gained an Angel. It was my pleasure being ur nurse and knowing you an ur family especially son Frank & Michele ❤❤
Maryanne Walter
Friend
January 9, 2021
Mary touched the hearts of many, wrote beautiful poetry, gave sage advice (if asked), and has quite the legacy. I have missed her beautiful smile and conversation the past two years....and I am certain the neighbors miss her as well.
My heartfelt condolences to her surviving family...I am quite certain she has Gods ear now ❤
Karen Abruzzese
Friend
January 9, 2021
Boing-Boing! Thank you for all the beautiful memories.

Grandchild #8
Danielle Ehlers
Grandchild
January 9, 2021
I have never met a more compassionate, loving person in my life and I am glad and proud that she was my aunt. I will always cherish the memories of the summers at her house in Shawnee Pennsylvania. She left so many gifts to all in life that were lucky enough to have known her... forever in my heart, I will miss you Aunt Mary for just being you.....
Mary Pappalardo-Hollingsworth
Family
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