Mary Louise (Dantini) McNamara
1927 - 2017
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McNamara, Mary Louise (Dantini)

Mary Louise McNamara, 89, life-time resident of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, May 2. Mary joined her loving husband, Bobby (RG), and the rest of the heavenly Dantini and McNamara families and friends. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her children and their families who will revere and cherish her memory forever: Robert and Carol (Klaiber) McNamara Jr., Susquehanna; grandson Major Stephen McNamara, USAF, Alexandria, Va.; Brother Patrick McNamara, fms, Marist Brothers, Forest Hills, NY. Dennis and Jane (Rouse) McNamara, New Milford; granddaughters, Major (Dr.) Erin and fiancé Captain Scott Yancey, USAF, San Antonio, TX, Alison McNamara, Brooklyn, NY, and Maureen McNamara and partner Roland Ausborn, Aurora, NY, and grandchildren, Mallorie, and her husband, Jeremy Tong of King Ferry, NY, Dallas Marshall, and Robb Marshall of Albany area, NY, Ann McNamara and partner Corey Reeves, Aurora, NY.

Mary cherished and loved her Dantini family. She is survived by her sisters Josephine Dantini Buell, Binghamton, NY, Carolina Dantini Stein, Susquehanna, PA, and Julie Ann Dantini, Laurel Lake, PA, and a brother Joseph and wife Donna Dantini, Sayre, PA, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, her husband, Robert G McNamara, her sister, Monica Dantini Gosnell, her brother Phillip Dantini, and siblings who died at young ages, Joseph, Patricia and Anna Maria.

Mary was born to Anna and Giulio Dantini, When traveling, Mary would often refer to herself as "an Italian girl from Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, and when growing up my biggest journey was to Binghamton to shop at McLean's Department Store." That background was summed up in her favorite Italian song "Oh Marie." She was an original "bobby- soxer" for Frank Sinatra sporting her favorite saddle shoes. That all changed in her adult life with trips to Chicago, NYC, Cape Cod, the Jersey Shore, Florida and to the Washington DC area. The trip of her lifetime was traveling to Italy and walking in her beloved father's footsteps in Palestrina.

After graduating from high school, she worked for a few years in Binghamton. Mary met the love of her life, Bobby (RG) and the two married in 1949. They made a home for 67 years at 514 West Main Street. There she cherished her Italian heritage while embracing the Irish traditions. The holidays and especially Thanksgiving and Christmas with extended family and friends brought her much happiness.

She loved her home town especially shopping downtown or in its markets and the trips to Binghamton with her sister, partner and friend, Carolina for extended shopping days especially looking for Hallmark cards for the family and friends.

Mary was a devout Roman Catholic, and a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and women's clubs; her daily routine was to enjoy the Mass on television, sometimes several times as well as recite her prayer list for all needy family members and friends. She worked alongside her husband for the Democratic Party and served as a poll worker. In later years, she would become and enjoyed being the Susquehanna Tax Collector. Keeping up with lifelong friends and attending class reunions were an important part of her life. Mary's family life was raising her children with special fondness for her six grandchildren. It always included her extended family, special godchildren, and many Italian and Irish cousins now all around the world. She spent time caring for her mother, mother- in- law, as well as others senior friends who came into her life.

Mary's family expresses gratitude to the endearing and caring health care aides who helped her in the past two years; how she loved getting to know you and your family stories. Also thanks to her physicians that she trusted and appreciated, to the staff at Barnes-Kasson hospital in Susquehanna for their attentive and compassionate care; and finally, many thanks as well to the staff and friends at Turnpike Terrace who made her so welcome during her short residency there.

At Mary's request, there will be a Memorial Mass of the Resurrection, celebrated at St. John Church, 15 E. Church St., Susquehanna, Pa, on May 20 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery, Susquehanna, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, Mary asked that donations be made to the Marist Brothers of the Schools and their mission for needy young people and poor children; Marist Center, 70-20 Juno Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375.

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 6 to May 8, 2017.
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April 30, 2020
An example of a life well lived.
Marta Alday
December 22, 2017
Mary I do remember you and your husband , your husband , he was the mail man at one time, you live right down the block from me . and i also remember voteing for you when you were running for tax lady you and Linda Schell. at the time So miss you both alot now and keep you in my prayers . Soo i send my condolence to the Mc Namara family sorry to here about the loss of Robert and Mary, from you friend Rosemary De cicco I'll alawys remember you both.
May 14, 2017
Dennis and family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies. What a beautiful tribute to your mother. You and your family are in my prayers.
Judy Orband
May 8, 2017
Dear Bob, Carol, Dennis, Jane and children,
So sorry for your loss. It sounds as if Mary had a wonderful, fulfilling life and enjoyed having her family around her. We are sure you have wonderful memories to comfort you. Keep telling her stories to the children.
Kathy and Chuck Fuller
May 7, 2017
Thoughts and prayers to Mary's family - She was the sweetest and kind hearted woman. I use to love seeing her come to Schneider's. She will be missed
Judi Ficarro (McGuane)
May 7, 2017
To Mary's family,
How blessed you were to have such a warm, happy , loving. mother. She will be deeply missed by family, friends and community.
Sending our love and prayers,
Joan & Peter
Joan Janicelli
May 7, 2017
To the McNamara Family my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful mother & grandmother. What a beautiful life she had and now she is so happy to be reunited with your father.
Mary Kay Sienko
May 7, 2017
Dear Bobby, Pat, Denis, Maureen & Anne Margaret;

Words seem inadequate to express how sad we were to hear that your Mom passed away. May the peace which comes from memories of good times shared, comfort all of you now and in the days ahead. Sending love and peace to all of you and your families. Tom & Gina
May 6, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, Brother. Prayers your way
May 6, 2017
Dear Brother Patrick - with our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your mom.
Millie & Paul Bebick
May 6, 2017
To the McNamara family,
I am very sorry about the passing of Mrs. McNamara. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rick Fabrizi
May 6, 2017
Ann and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Your Mother was a beloved woman to all who knew her!! I always loved spending time with her when I was growing up!! She was always so kind and sweet to me!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!
Beth Ann Slocum
May 6, 2017
Ann and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful lady. You all have such great memories to cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless. xxoo
Ellen Sharpe-Hayes
May 6, 2017
Mrs. McNamara was one of the nicest ladies we have ever known. Although her kind smile and friendly greeting will be missed, there is joy in picturing her with her sweetheart, enjoying her Heavenly reward. God Bless!
David and Susan Lee
May 6, 2017
Mary was always such a wonderful friend and neighbor to my family on West Main Street. She always had a smile and a warm greeting whenever I saw her, from the time I was young through all my adult years. I'm sure you will all miss her terribly. Your wonderful family memories will keep her close.
Liz Keller
May 6, 2017
My deepest condolences to you Bro. Patrick and your family on the lost of your Mom. My prayers are with you.
Chester & Terry Paul
May 6, 2017
Dennis, Jane and all the McNamara family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your fond memories help you through the difficult days ahead. God bless.
Cindy Fitch
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