June 20, 2016
Mary L. Branski, 78, Bishop St., Watertown passed away at her home on Monday morning, June 20, 2016.
The funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Thursday, June 23, at 12:00PM with Rev. Steven Murray presiding and burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. There are no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.
Mary was born in Rochester on August 21, 1937, daughter of Edward A. and Cecilia Burr. She married Matthew Branski in Webster on August 9, 1958. They relocated to northern NY in 1959.
She enjoyed children as a teacher's assistant at Harold T. Wiley Elementary School for fifteen years. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church and was a member of the American Legion Post 61 Ladies Auxiliary and the Watertown Golf Club where she very much enjoyed playing with her friends.
Mary always put family first. You'd find her on the sidelines for her husband's and son's sporting events and her daughter's pool side. Her family fondly remembers, as players on the lacrosse field, the station wagon horn blowing for goals scored, saves made, and games won. Her favorite pastimes included gardening, spending time on Chaumont Bay, cooking, and baking, especially for Christmas with her numerous cookies.
After surviving many cancer problems in the last ten to sixteen years, it was her huge heart that finally gave way. She was an amazing inspiration for everyone – not once did she complain about any of her ailments. She always put everyone else first.
Surviving are her husband of fifty-eight years, Matt; daughter, Cynthia of Chaumont and her children, Maria, Michael, and Victoria; son, Michael and wife, Kathleen, of Black River and their daughter, Elizabeth; son, Mark of Watertown; son, Timothy of Watertown; brother, Leon and wife, Dorothy, of Rochester; sister, Collette Novosielski of Bradenton Beach, FL; brother-in-law, James and wife, Sandra, of Chaumont; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her two brothers, Edward and George.
Donations in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057 or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences to Mary's family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.