mary anne eulogy
On behalf of my Dad, Sister Jane, daughters and nieces Heather and Corie Pol and myself we are happy to see so many of my Mary Anne”s friends and relatives here today. I know that many of you traveled a long way to be here and my sister would be incredibly appreciative. Mary Anne cared so much for the people around her and was the type of person who would never hurt a fly. She would want us to celebrate her life and not be sad about losing her.
Mary Anne even though her immunity system was low and sometimes it was not easy to show up for family events, she would go
She so believed in education and is a proud alumnus of St. Joseph School and received her sacraments in this church. In high school she insisted on taking drafting classes instead of home economics and had to get through an old world – old fashioned teacher to achieve this goal. She went on the Waterbury State Technical College to become the first female mechanical engineer to earn a degree and her fellow students voted her class president. She worked at Farrells in Ansonia full time in the engineering department and continued her education at Central Connecticut State University to achieve a degree in Industrial Engineering. She advanced her career by accepting a job at Data Products in Wallingford as an Industrial and Space Engineer. Everything was top secret, which I didn’t realize when I sent the giant gorilla over to sing happy birthday. Mary Anne was also appointed to a State of Connecticut Commission on youth.
My sister was a brilliant person and had a great sense of who she was and had a fantastic attitude which came from my parents, grandparents, friends, family and church. She lost my mom whom she loved dearly in 2008. In fact, November 6, next Tuesday dad and mom would be married sixty four years.
As a close family they traveled to Poland, the eastern seaboard of United States, Caribbean and other islands, cruised on the Queen Mary, cruised to Panama Canal to Los Angeles, cruised Alaska, visited Las Vegas, Hoover Dam and even flew through the Grand Canyon. Recently, the family would frequent Disney, Atlantic City, Foxwoods and of course St. Joseph Bingo. In Alaska she loved watching these Puffin birds dive and in California they lived through a significant earthquake where they said the hotel leaned so far over they could see the parking lot. Later certain environments were easier to maneuver in and besides Disney is the happiest place. Did I mention Disney, on their last trip Jane hurt her leg before going and they wanted to see everything, so they rented three motorized wheel chairs and bopped around. One time my dad went to the bus stop early and would call to talk. Come to find out Mary Anne and Jane were off exchanging collectable Disney buttons. What fun they had and I am sure she would want them to start planning another trip.
Mary Anne and Jane also saw the Pope at one of his masses in America
Mary Anne loved her nieces Heather and Corie so so much. She wanted them to have every need met. And now they have another angel to help watch over them. She went to every event these busy girls had. And even though her immunity system was low she proudly attended graduations even in the rain. My family would find seats that were on the outer perimeter to protect her health. Heather’s last graduation in Boston was just too far to attend, but was reported through texting. We then had a combination celebration graduation party with both girls in a Fairfield restaurant, since they both graduated the same year.
Mary Anne was generous. So let me tell you if you got a gift from Mary Anne it was thoughtful and she would look at every like item to be sure it was the most perfect, had a nice face and was splendid. Holidays she came bearing so many gifts. Something that was a lot of fun and a lot of work for Mary Anne was her Christmas stockings. She would buy and wrap about fifteen to twenty items for each person. The girls would sit on the floor and match up the same size box so they could open them together. We received so many luxurious lotions and delicacies that we would have never experienced.
Mary Anne and my family are great to discuss anything and everything to help each other through life. Whether it is planning a trip or just keeping each other company. I need to thank Jane and my Dad for taking the medical appointments. They lived together at hospitals twenty four seven and were instrumental in prolonging life. Every day was a celebration of life. There was a traveling artist at the Hospice and she wanted to show how to create an origami box. My dad took the lesson and Mary Anne was sure to shut of the TV and watch construction. Jane and Dad have been, for lack of a better word, like Hercules accomplishing unbelievable feats of human strength. Mary Anne was aware of her medications and made decisions.
You see these shows on TV that say people need to discuss things and I asked Mary Anne one time if it would help. She said she did not want to relive experiences dealing with her illness. She just couldn’t, so when she would come over we would just talk about other things. I will definitely miss her in my holiday kitchen. One day she said Linda I just can’t help, but as she saw me struggling to get things on the table she helped. What a great person.
If through your travels you visit churches Mary Anne always lit that back corner candle because she knew where it was when she looked back. It was prayers for the health and deceased of all family members. When I would go on vacations that is what she would ask for so when you think of it light a candle and say a prayer. Mary Anne and my family truly believe in God.
Mary Anne’s life was cut far too short, but she was a blessing to this earth and us.
A quick final quote "There are no tears in Heaven. Though absent from the body, I'm present with the Lord; the joy of my salvation is now my full reward. And just as God has promised, He's wiped my tears away, and nothing can compare to the wonder of that day, there are no tears in Heaven, instead there's only Love."
Your memory Mary Anne is our keepsake, with which we’ll never part; God has you in his keeping, we have you in my heart. Please light a candle, say a prayer, and believe in God. God bless
Posted by linda pol
Monday November 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm