Mary Lou Pudiak passed away peacefully Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Finger Lakes Center for Living with the loving care of aids holding her hands. She was 94.
Mary Lou, a life-long resident of Auburn, was born on May 10, 1924, the daughter of Floyd and Mary Lou Pinckney Newert. She was a graduate of East High School and held various office and retail positions throughout her life. She and her husband Stephen had celebrated sixty-three wonderful years together until his passing in 2007. Her life was anchored by faith and surrounded by family.
Everyone placed on Earth has a purpose for being and Mary Lou was no different. She was a loving mother and grandmother who taught us empathy, the importance of family and how to be caring members of society. She was best known for her terrific Little Christmas dinners when the entire family sat around the extended table and shared stories. She leaves behind fun memories of family trips, the importance of Sunday mass, taffy pulls and her incredible recipe for chicken soup, the cure-all for everything including our tears shed this week.
Mary Lou and Stephen were lifelong members of St. Mary’s Parish. They brought home for safe keeping a depiction of the Last Supper, part of the original altar, and a statue of St. Anthony, neither of which were used in the 1960’s renovation. They knew the importance of these pieces and cared for them for over 40 years until they were returned to the church for all to enjoy. Mary Lou and Stephen knew the importance of these artifacts and would not let them be discarded. This is only one example of their faith and love of the church.
Survivors are children Stephen (Barbara) Pudiak, Rochester, NY; Marilou Town, Schaghticoke, NY; Ann (Anthony) Musso, Auburn.
Grandchildren are Dylan Pudiak, Orchard Park, NY; Leanne Musso, Auburn; Andrea (Derek) Card, Vero Beach, Fl; Crystal (Guy) Cosentino, Auburn; Eve (Christopher) Major, Auburn.
Great grandchildren are Samuel Cosentino; Nadine, Caitlyn and Nicholas Major.
Sisters are Lorraine Kimak, Marzella Smith, Priscilla Feneck, Sharon Denardo all of Auburn and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Stephen and their daughter Nadine Purcell Eldridge; brothers
James and Frederick Newert, and her parents.
A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 11 am in St. Mary’s Church, Auburn with the Reverend Frank J. Lioi, Pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 am prior to the funeral mass, at St. Mary’s Church.
Memorials contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church , 15 Clark St., Auburn NY. Arrangements are with Farrell’s Funeral Service, 84 South St., Auburn NY.
Mary Lou’s family extends a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Finger Lakes Center for Living for their loving, compassionate care.