Steve, Mary A.
Clyde/Rochester: Mary Angeline (Distefano) Steve, a wife, mother, chef, accountant, and seamstress, and made lunches legendary for thousands of children at St. John’s, Clyde Central School, and Wayne County Home, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 31, 2015, with her loving family in attendance. She was 103 wonderful years old, and resided at St. Ann’s Community Home in Rochester, NY.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, Bernard, in 1994. She is survived by her five children: Mary Anne Deck, Phyllis (Richard) Tomasso, Bernadette (Michael) Mainzer, Eugene Stefanucci, and Paul (Robyn) Steve. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A resident of Clyde for 70 years, when you met Mary on the street or came to her door, she would greet you with “Hello Dolly!”, and it became her signature greeting.
The Funeral Mass will be held at the Chapel at St. Ann’s Community, 1500 Portland Ave., Rochester, NY, on Friday, Feb. 13th at 11 AM. A reception will be held immediately following at Keenan’s Restaurant, 1010 East Ridge Rd., Rochester, NY. Entombment will be at St. John’s Cemetery, Geneva St., Clyde, NY, at 2 PM, Saturday, Feb. 14th, with a reception immediately following at 26 Water St., Clyde, NY. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to St. Ann’s Community in Mary’s name.
This beautiful woman I’ve known all my life, Mary Steve passed away today at the age of 103! God Rest your soul Dolly!
“Here’s To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – are the ones who DO !”
Thank you for the years of laughter…
“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day, make a wish, and think of me. Make your life spectacular.”
Seems strange when all the friends you hung with when you were young are dying…Rest in peace my friend.
“Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”
It’s hard to believe that Franci has been gone 1 year. Here is the picture right after they released her ashes in Hawaii…