Mary Emma  Mauroni

Mary Emma Mauroni

Sunday, January 3rd, 1926 - Sunday, October 13th, 2019
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Mary Emma Mauroni of Parkdale died peacefully in her home at the age of 93 with her loving family at her side on October 13, 2019.

Mary was born on January 3rd, 1926 at the family ranch in Wells Bench just outside Orofino, Idaho to Emma Zelenka Stanek and James Stanek. She was the third of four children. Mary spent her childhood playing near the railroad yard where they lived in a converted boxcar, and putting on shows for all the neighborhood children. She took her love of performing to the University of Idaho where she graduated with a B.A. in drama and English, and a minor in music. Mary would spend her summers working as a waitress and clerk at a lumber camp to pay for her college tuition.

After college, Mary was introduced to Lee by friends. After working hard to impress Mary, she finally agreed to date him and they were married on August 14, 1952. They eventually moved to Southern Oregon where they had four children - Lisa, Michael, Mark, and Linda. Mary had a strong presence in all her children’s lives and supported them with unconditional love. The whole family moved to the Hood River Valley in 1959.

For a career Mary was drawn to teaching. She taught for over 30 years, including 24 years teaching music at Parkdale Elementary. When she was hired on at Parkdale she attended night and summer school at Portland State University to complete a degree in music. As a teacher, she was known for creating and putting on multiple musical programs a year, and playing the fortune teller at the yearly school carnival. She continued teaching after retirement by subbing and being a volunteer with SMART.

Mary loved music and it was a center point of her life. She directed the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Choir for 56 years. She was also a charter member of Sweet Adelines in Hood River and directed the group for over ten years.

Mary was also very active in square dancing. She danced with the Wy’East Whirlers, Rhineland Quadrilles, Jean and Calico, and the Parkdale Promenaders. Much to her dismay, Lee quickly took up calling and Mary was left dancing both male and female parts.

She was also a member of Home Extension, County Council and Food Bank.

Creativity flowed through Mary’s veins. Storytelling came second nature to her. From parodies to short stories to plays she loved to write. In her free time she also loved to paint, travel, and enjoy her many flower gardens.

Mary is survived by her daughter Lisa of Hood River, OR; son Michael of Corvallis, OR; daughter Linda and fiancée Don of Hudson, WI; grandchildren Josh and wife Jessica of Reno, NV, Lindsey of Parkdale, OR, and Marcus of Manning, Alberta, Canada. She is also survived by sister, Nadine Krsul and family in the Washington State area.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Lee; son, Mark; brothers, Franklin and Melvin; and sister-in-law, Emma.

Mary touched many lives as a teacher, director, mentor, and friend. She had a zest for life and always viewed the world with kindness. She filled our hearts with love and song and gave us cherished memories that we will hold dear forever. Her soul is now free to soar. Let the show go on.

Rosary & Vigil 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 8th, 2019 at Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

Catholic Funeral Mass 1:00 p.m., November 9th, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1501 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Anderson's Tribute Center
    1401 Belmont Ave.
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  • Service

    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, November 9th, 2019 1:00pm
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    1501 Belmont Avenue
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    1235 Tucker Rd
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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    Following the reception.
  • Reception

    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    1501 Belmont Avenue
    HOOD RIVER, OR 97031
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    Immediately following mass


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Posted at 09:23pm
Peace, Prayers and Blessings, remembering a life well lived. With Deepest Sympathies,
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Christie Wilcox

Posted at 12:23am
I met Mary when I joined Sweet Adelines many years ago. She was one of the most loving, kindest, caring people I have ever met. Her wonderful smile and twinkling eyes would light up the room. Now she is up in Heaven singing with her other Sweet Adelines sisters who have joined Heaven's sweet choir of angels. Sing on, Mary! It was a pleasure to have known you.

Brenda Miller

Posted at 06:54am
From Elementary music teacher, to Parkdale residences, to Sweet Adeline tenor buddies, many good memories were made with Mary. My memories of her will be treasured!

Cindy Karr Qualls

Posted at 11:59pm
I remember going to school and doing plays and singing when she was a teacher at Parkdale Elementary School

michele kellar

Posted at 10:09pm
I lived with Mary for a year when I taught in Parkdale. She was a wonderful roommate, always more concerned about me than herself. Mary loved her cats, she took care of them so lovingly. She also loved sleeping in, cozy in her bed. I loved living with her and I was sorry when I moved back home. She was a lovely, caring woman that I feel so lucky to have met. She will be dearly missed. Michele Kellar

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