Mary Rose Pangborn
COOPERSTOWN — Mary Rose Pangborn, 88, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at her home.
Born Dec. 18, 1925, on her family’s farm on County Route 11 in Mount Vision, Mary was the daughter of Charles and Rose (Pociute) Wishinsky. She loved to reminisce about her childhood on the farm, the animals, nature, hard work, the hearty food and the warmth of family. For many years her father supplemented the family income by working for the D&H Railroad in Oneonta, while her mother stayed at home to tend to the family needs and daily chores.
Mary graduated from Laurens Central School in the Class of 1943, and moved to Cooperstown in 1944, to, as she put it, “make her fortune.”
She began working as a medical clerk with Otsego County Social Services. In 1948, she accepted employment with the VanHorn & Feury Law Office and at Smalley’s Theater. In 1951 she began working at McEwan’s Hardware doing “whatever was needed” and progressed to handling their accounting and bookkeeping.
In June of 1952, she married Harold Pangborn and in 1959, they moved to their home on Pioneer Street. Harold predeceased her in 1967.
Mary was a widely known and highly regarded stamp collector; she loved tending her flower garden, crocheting and knitting.
Most importantly Mary was devoted to her faith and her church. For 31 years she served as the parish bookkeeper and secretary for St. Mary’s, having first been hired by Father Sise in 1971. She was involved in every aspect of church, was always willing to accept responsibility, rarely missed an event or service and, over time, became a source of institutional memory for the church. Mary, it can be said, “loved and lived her faith” she gave of herself, whether by tirelessly volunteering her time or by contributing whatever she could to the church whenever a need arose.
She will long be remembered for her tireless and tenacious efforts in securing pledges and contributions for the annual “Bishop’s Appeal” and more recently for her contributions that helped make the church’s new marble altar top and exterior signage a reality.
Her trip in 2009, to celebrate Mass at the Vatican and see the Pope was not only an often recounted highlight of her life but was tangible evidence that her church religious life was important and central to her being.
She was predeceased by her half-sisters, Stephanie Madebach of South Carolina, Anna Finnerty of New York City and Silvia Toth of Morris and Cooperstown.
She is survived by four nephews; two nieces and her beloved church family.
Visitation will be from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, with a Vesper Service beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at St. Mary’s with Father John P. Rosson, pastor and Father Andrew Cryans, con-celebrates.
Those who wish are invited to make a donation in Mary’s memory to “The Bishop’s Appeal of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany” c/o St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are entrusted to Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.