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Mary D. Malara

March 1, 2016

Mary D MalaraMary Dacey Malara, 79, Siesta Key, FL and summer resident of Tennis Island, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital with her family at her side.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown on Wednesday, March 9, from 2 - 4PM and 7 - 9PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Church on Thursday, March 10, at 11AM with Rev. Donald Robinson presiding. Entombment will follow in the family mausoleum in Glenwood Cemetery.

Mary was born in Watertown on September 20, 1936, daughter of Robert F. and Frances Roxe Dacey. She graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy and received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Potsdam State.

On August 8, 1959 she married Anthony C. Malara at Holy Family Church. Mr. Malara, associated with CBS, radio and television for 39 years, died on August 24, 2006.

She taught at schools in Rochester, Watertown and the Bronx. She was a communicant of St. Anthony's Church, Watertown and St. Michael's the Archangel Church, Siesta Key, where she was also a Eucharistic Minister. Mary enjoyed reading and walking. With her husband, Tony, she enjoyed traveling and the St. Lawrence River from their Tennis Island summer home.

She is survived by her three children, Beth M. Hamilton, Siesta Key, FL, Meg Borda and her husband, Jim, Orlando, FL, and Anthony J. "Toby" Malara and his wife, Beth, Oak Hill, VA; eight grandchildren, Meghan, Michael and Caitlyn Hamilton, Regan Austin, Taylor and Sam Wilmeth, and Allison and Anthony "Cooper" Malara; her sister, Eleanor Percy, Watertown; her brother, Colonel (Ret.) Richard P. Dacey and his wife, Peggy, VA ; sister-in-law, Ann Spillman and husband, Fred, MD; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her brother, Major General (Ret.) Robert J. Dacey, died before her.

Donations in her name may be made to St. Anthony's Church, 850 Arsenal St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Mary's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#13 John Dacey 2016-04-12 20:30
When we were 14, we were very close for a while. I always wanted to build on that friendship but alas, it was not to be. I am very sad to hear of her passing. John Dacey
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#12 eugene joyce renzi 2016-03-10 11:26
A great and good lady. We enjoyed her in Siesta Key! We're sorry for your loss.
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#11 Anne Richter 2016-03-07 17:11
Mary was a beautiful woman on the outside and on the inside. She was an important part of the WWNY-TV "family." Brian and I send our deepest sympathy.
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#10 Phil,Yuvon Marra 2016-03-07 13:21
sorry to get the news of Mary
prayers for family.
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#9 Joe Rich 2016-03-06 17:21
Toby, Meg and Beth. Your mom was a beautiful and caring person. I remember her fondly from our days at Channel 7. I. Don't think a day goes by that I don't think of Tony and Mary and the meaningful roles they played in our lives. I also think of Holy Family school days and Richard Dacey. I was a visitor to his home on occasion. It was quite a neighborhood with the Doyle's, Vogts, McGowans, Bonner, Cardinal, Brett who I played ball with. God Bless. Joe Rich
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#8 Bob & Chris Cox 2016-03-05 08:48
With Love and Fond memories of our many years of friendship with Tony and Mary. We will miss you dearly.
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#7 Dennis Honeywell 2016-03-04 19:23
What a wonderful woman Mary was. Having worked for Tony for decades...the entire Channel Seven family also became close with the beautiful Mary. I have nothing but good memories. My thoughts are with the family.
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#6 ELAINE DELLEFAVE 2016-03-04 15:11
Beth, Toby & Meg .. Your mother was a beautiful person. She was & will be remembered for her loving nature. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you & your families. Just remember your dad was there & placed your mother in his arms forever.
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#5 Nancy & Sandy 2016-03-04 11:23
We will always remember Mary & Tony for their kindness, good nature and sincere friendship. May you both rest in peace. You will never be forgotten
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#4 Ken and Karen Green 2016-03-04 07:19
On behalf of the Tennis Island Homeowners Association we offer our sincere sympathy and condolence to the family and friends of Mary Malara

Ken Green
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