PHILADELPHIA - Today we celebrate the life of our mother, Mary R. (Marano) Reiss) from whom we received so much. Mary passed away on May 12, 2012.
She was born at Chestnut Hill Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 16, 1923.
Her father started and operated the Philadelphia Macaroni Co., as well as a wholesale grocery and an importing company, while her mother ran many companies including a major construction company, that in 1925 paved the Benjamin Franklin Bridge with Belgian Block and also operated Caruso's Market in Chestnut Hill started by her parents in 1912. Mary's parents Vincent Marano and Antionette Caruso Marano predeceased her.
As a young girl she had a lamb that pulled her in a little cart and a cocker spaniel by the name of Gussie, whom she fondly remembered.
Growing up in Philadelphia, she graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pa. and from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle. During War World II she met and married Thomas J. Reiss. While married to Tom, she lived in Colorado Springs, Colo, Philadelphia, Pa., Sheboygan, Wis. and Lake Placid.
Then living in Lake Placid, Mary earned a masters degree in childhood education from SUNY Plattsburgh. She subsequently taught first grade in the Saranac Lake Central School District, starting out in a one room school house in Vermontville.
In Lake Placid, Mary was active in the local flower club and bridge club as well as her church, St Agnes. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, cross country skiing and summers entertaining on her sweeping porch. She cared for all; especially children and was always giving of herself to those in need. Her energy was endless. Her spirit was full of life to the last day of her life.
In 2007, she moved to New Hope, Pa., where she could be closer to three of her children. Mary missed her long-time friends from Lake Placid but was able to see them when visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Long Lake and always enjoyed spending summer weekends in Avalon, N.J. at another daughter and son-in-law's beach house.
The focus and love of her life were her eight children who survive her: Mary Elizabeth Winn and her husband Richard of Long, Lake, Thomas J. Reiss and his wife, Mary Ellen of Ixonia, Wis., Jacob L. Reiss II of Saranac Lake, Anne M. McCormack and her husband John of Sudbury, Mass., Janet M. O'Brien and her husband, Dennis of Cincinnati, Ohio, Paula A. Putman and her husband Kevin of Buckingham, Pa., Carolyn A. Torrance of Buckingham, Pa. and Jonathan J. Reiss and his wife Melissa of Upper Black Eddy, Pa. She is also survived by her three brothers: Luke Marano of Blue Bell, Pa., Vincent Marano Jr. of Narbeth, Pa, and Joseph Maranoof Fort Washington, Pa. The lights of her life and for whom she loved ever so much were her 14 surviving grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
You would always see a smile on her face when she was talking about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will always be in our hearts and memories.
Relatives and friends may call at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18 at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at the Interment Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken, Pa.
In honor of her life and memory, and in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mary may be made to her favorite charity: the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, 1011 First Avenue, New York, NY 10022-4195 for the purpose of the Care for the Needy Children or at www.cnewa.org.