Mary Nelson Panetta
Nov. 16, 1951 - May 28, 2021
Resident of Reno
For Mary Panetta's family and friends, life just got a lot less colorful and fun.
Mary, a beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, died May 28 at home in Reno surrounded by family members. She was 69, and the cause of death was melanoma.
Mary was a people person with a heart full of empathy and love. Her personality was such that if you met her, you never forgot her openness, humor, honesty and willingness to help. On more than one occasion she literally gave the shirt off her back and the last dollar in her wallet to help a friend or stranger.
She was a longtime member of Alcoholics Anonymous, where she made many friends and changed many lives. There was no one too far gone for Mary, no one unworthy of compassion and kindness. She courageously defeated challenges in her own life with the help of others, and she never failed to return the favor.
Mary lived most of her life in San Jose and Campbell, where she raised her four children. Her death leaves a massive hole in their lives, and they will miss her terribly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Panetta, and her parents, Malcolm and Eileen Nelson of Campbell.
She is survived by her children, Carli (Keith), Lindsey (Robert), Jim (Camila) and John; grandchildren Caleb and Adeline; sister, Madge; brothers Michael (Catherine), Steve and Richard (Julie); nephews Chris, Devin, Dustin, Nicholas and Jacob; cousins and other relatives; and many, many friends.
There will be a private memorial service.
The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Mary's name to a charity of choice
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