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Mary Anne Mauro

1939 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Mary Anne Mauro Obituary
Mauro, Mary Anne
Anne (as she was known to family and friends) passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly on Sept. 8, 2018, in Cheshire, at age 79, in the arms of her husband of 58 years, Jean B. Mauro and surrounded by new friends at Elim Park Place, to where she would have soon moved. She was born on May 13, 1939, daughter of the late John and Ruth Koepfer Durkin. Anne was a remarkable person. Having survived two childhood cancer surgeries, she went on to become prima ballerina of a dance school in Parkersburg, WV, where she also taught ballet until marrying and moving to New Haven. Her love of classical music led her to become a director of the board of the Chamber Orchestra of New England (later Orchestra New England), a position she held for over 30 years. Her tireless work and several innovations in orchestra fund-raising earned her a "Volunteer of the Year" award from the New Haven Arts Counsel. During the renovation and revivification of the Palace Theater, she also served there as Development Manager. Her bottomless love for people and their well-being led her to act as care-giver for several family members, a cause to which she devoted decades of her life. Anne had no children of her own, but she had a knack for acquiring Yale students who decided to become her kids, and remained close and dear to her to her dying day. Anne was a lover of cats, having had four over the years. When they each became hopelessly ill, euthanizing them was the most painful thing she ever had to do. Artistically creative, Anne delighted in all sorts of decorations, and was a skilled floral designer, working for several years at Myers Flower Shop, and sharing her counter with the resident kitty. Until 2016, when arthritis took its toll, Anne loved international travel, her favorite destinations being Rome and especially Venice, which she and husband Jean visited 30 times, and were "adopted" into the Venetian family from whom they annually rented an apartment. Anne's unique Venetian glass necklaces never failed to be conversation-starters. Anne was faithful and utterly devoted to family and friends. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her sudden passing siblings, Kathleen, Julia, John and Lawrence, several cousins and their families, as well as a small army of friends, who have been tireless in their willingness to help her whenever and wherever needed. She was predeceased by sisters Margaret and Susan. May she rest in the peace she craved and unquestionably earned.
Visiting hours will be held at the MARESCA & SONS FUNERAL HOME 592 Chapel St. New Haven on Thursday Sept. 13th from 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to go directly to St. Mary's Church 5 Hillhouse Ave. New Haven to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Friday Sept. 14th at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon St., New Haven, 06510 to benefit The Mauro Fund for Orchestra New England. Offer condolences at marescafuneralhome.com
Published in The New Haven Register from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2018
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