Mary Ann Pusateri 1935-2020

YOUNGSTOWN — Ms. MaryAnn Pusateri, 85, a longtime area resident, returned to God’s loving arms after passing peacefully Tuesday morning, Dec. 8, 2020, at Briarfield Manor in Austintown.

She was born in Youngstown, Nov. 24, 1935, the daughter of Dr. Samuel Pusateri and Marie Mastriana Pusateri.

Hers was a life of education and service. After attending Boardman High School and later Kent State University, where she earned a master’s in health and physical education, she taught at Cardinal Mooney High School from 1957 to 1960. She was the first girls’ physical education teacher at Mooney.

In 1960, she was called to the service of Christ and entered the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, where she remained for more than 25 years, teaching at Vincentian High School and later at Mon Valley High in Monongahela, Pa., where she also coached girls’ basketball and volleyball.

After leaving the convent, Mary Ann devoted herself primarily to the service to others, while in her spare time enjoying gardening, golf at Mill Creek Golf Couse, bowling and caring for her beloved shelties, Max and Gamble. She could always be counted on to help family and friends, even including frequent “dog sitting” for anyone in need of a temporary loving home for their pet.

Mary Ann was a steady presence and lifelong parishioner at St. Dominic Church, where she often volunteered in the soup kitchen, helped with church cleaning duties and anything else that was required.

Besides being charitable and selfless, she was a warm, welcoming (and often outspoken!) person with a quick wit and generous spirit. She was loved by all who knew her, even when her occasional feisty streak would rise to the surface!

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her loving parents; sister, Patricia Layshock; and by her longtime friend and companion, Nancy Butts.

She is survived and mourned by her sister, Diane (Jim) Kleeh; nephews, Mark (Mary) Layshock, David (Renee) Layshock, Dan Stroup and Jimmy (Holly) Kleeh; brother-in-law, Mike Layshock; several great-nieces and -nephews; cousins , Judy Kennell, Dr. Gene Pusateri, Ron Mastriana, Lynne Mastriana Christiansen, Ruth Mastriana, Tom Neese, Ursula Neese, Paul, Bob and Rick Mastriana, Fran Dingledy, Tom Whitfield, Marie Dylong and Carol LaCavera; friends, Nancy Kittle, Mary Greene, Sr. Rita Gesue, and Sr. Pat Bartolo, all of whom remained close.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at St. Dominic Church at 10 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Vincent DeLucia.

Interment will follow in Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Due to our current health crisis, COVID-19, we are asking everyone in attendance to please wear a mask and to follow all social-distancing guidelines mandated by our governor in Ohio ( 6-foot apart and not to linger). Thank you.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave. Youngstown, OH 44507, or Second Harvest Food Bank, 2805 Salt Springs Rd. Youngstown, OH 44509.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home 4700 Market St. Boardman, Ohio. Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneral home.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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