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Mary F Perna

May 2, 1926 February 28, 2020
Mary F Perna
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Mary Frances Perna, a lifetime area resident, died on Friday, February 28th at Middletown Park Manor with her loving family by her side. She was 93.
The daughter of the late Martin and Katharine Carmody O’Haire, she was born on May 2, 1926 in Walden, New York. Mary met her husband, Vincent Perna, Sr. at a roller-skating rink and they recently celebrated 74 years of marriage. Mary was a loving wife and mother and an active doting Grandmother.
Proud of her Irish heritage, and also of her adopted Italian heritage, she was an outstanding cook of both cuisines. She most enjoyed having family and friends around the table, sharing a meal with good conversation and plenty of laughter.
Mary worked at Middletown Psychiatric Center starting as a Therapy Aide and after returning to college, became a Social Worker Assistant. She was honored to be recognized as Employee of the Year for her contributions. In addition to working in the mental health field, she also volunteered for the Mental Health Association running a social club in the community. Mary dedicated her life to enriching the lives of those dealing with mental illness.
Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who she and dad enjoyed spoiling. Mary was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, The Catholic Daughters of America Court Rosemary, and the Otisville Seniors.
In addition to her beloved husband Vincent, Mary is survived by her four children, Dawn Gray and her husband Kenneth of Birmingham, AL, Vincent Perna, Jr., of Middletown, Kathryn Bendlin and her husband John of Howells, NY, Mary Wilkins and her husband Donald of Highland, NY and her daughter-in-law Sandra Perna of Kingston, NY; ten grandchildren; Kenneth Jr., Bret, Erin, Lauren, Karrie Ann, Vincent III, Adam, Kaitlyn, Connor, and Crae, and 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, her son Joseph Perna, daughter-in-law Dona Perna and four siblings; John O’Haire, Ann Martin, Joseph O’Haire, and James O’Haire.
Visitation will be on Tuesday March 3, from 3-7 pm at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home Inc., 130 Highland Ave., Middletown, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday March 4, at 11 am at St. Josephs Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown NY. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to either the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Way, Memphis, TN 38015 or to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Hudson Valley Chapter, P.O. Box 266, Lagrangeville, NY 12540, to help people in crisis.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc. www.applebee-mcphillips.com

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Visitation

Tuesday

3

Mar

3:00 PM 3/3/2020 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/3/2020 7:00:00 PM
Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home

130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home
130 Highland Ave. Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

4

Mar

11:00 AM 3/4/2020 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/4/2020 12:00:00 PM
St. Joseph's Cemetery

149 Cottage Street
Middletown, NY 10940

St. Joseph's Cemetery
149 Cottage Street Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Graveside

Wednesday

4

Mar

12:00 PM 3/4/2020 12:00:00 PM
St. Joseph's Cemetery

149 Cottage Street
Middletown, NY 10940

St. Joseph's Cemetery
149 Cottage Street Middletown 10940 NY
United States
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