Mary H. Tighe Pannuti, 78, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away Friday, February 28th at home, surrounded by her loving husband, Carl and oldest son, Paul. She and her family are very grateful to the staff at Sherman Hospice Center in Phoenix, AZ, who cared for her during her illness.
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Born in Amsterdam, NY on June 12, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Helen Burke Tighe.
A lifelong lover of learning, art, and reading, Mary was a proud graduate of St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam. She received her pharmacy degree from St. John’s University in Jamaica - Queens, NY before attending the pharmacy graduate program there as well.
Mary also loved genealogy and spent many hours researching the family tree, and she was a safekeeper of the family heirlooms. She also enjoyed art and history, especially Irish and Russian topics. She was blessed to have traveled to the Netherlands, Russia, and other European countries, as well as numerous trips across the United States with her family.
In addition to raising four children, Mary served as a pharmacist at Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY, retiring in 2000 and later moving to Arizona. Mary will also be remembered for her Catholic faith and quick wit. She prided herself on her Irish inquisitiveness about other people’s lives (her preferred word for nosiness). In her final days in hospice care, she joked that while she indeed looked forward to seeing who would be with her in Heaven, she was even more curious about who had not made the cut.
Mary is survived by her husband of over 53 years, Carl A. Pannuti, of Scottsdale; three sons, Carl Pannuti, Jr. (Katherine O’Leary) of Pelham, NY; Thomas Pannuti (Angela) of Greenup, KY; and Paul Pannuti of Scottsdale; daughter Joan Pottinger (Anthony) of Arlington, VA; brother John Tighe (Julia) of East Greenbush, NY; sister, Joan McKeegan (Gerard) of Stubenville, OH; five grandchildren, and ten nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020 at 10:30 at the Riley Mortuary, Inc., 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY; followed at 11:15 by a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, 156 East Main Street, Amsterdam, with Rev. Jeffrey L’Arche, M.S. officiating.
Calling hours are Monday, March 9, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Riley Mortuary.
Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson, NY.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Mary’s name may be made to St. Mary’s Institute, 10 Kopernik Blv’d, Amsterdam, NY 12010 or St John’s University, College of Pharmacy, and Health Sciences Attn: Diana Patino, 8000 Utopia Parkway, St. Albert Hall 171, Queens, NY 11439 (memo portion) In memory of Mary Pannuti
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