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Mary L. Branski

June 20, 2016

Mary L. BranskiMary 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.


#40 Al Rhines 2016-06-24 13:17
Matt, My thoughts and prayers for you and family.
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#39 Marty Morrison 2016-06-24 07:35
My condolences to the Branson family. It seem the class of 78 has suffered many losses of late with classmates, their spouses or their parents. Remember all those special times you shared as a family and laugh as you tell your favorite stories it will help you get through these difficult times.
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#38 Shawn Baker 2016-06-23 23:12
Coach and Family,
Very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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#37 GARY GROVESTEEN 2016-06-23 23:06
I did not know Mrs Branski, but I know her husband and her son, Mike. Both are the finest people anyone could ever know. Both are people who make our world a better place. Theirs is a wonderful family. Mrs Branski helped build that, and anyone who knows them will continue to be grateful. Thank you, Mrs B.
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#36 John R. Bocciolatt 2016-06-23 20:38
Coach and family,
Coach my sincerest condolences. I will always remember Mrs. Branski in early years when you were making the transition from baseball to lacrosse. She was right there rooting for us with those sons who became lacrosse legends. I am back living in Oregon and am sorry I missed the mass and funeral.
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#35 Scott Hare 2016-06-23 19:26
So very sorry for your loss. Your are in my thoughts and prayers.
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#34 Jeanne Lustyik Mono 2016-06-23 19:15
Matt, my deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family in your loss.
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#33 Nikki Heise 2016-06-23 16:55

My thoughts are with you and your family.
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#32 Cathy Giordano 2016-06-23 14:41
Dear Matt and family, Bob and I are so deeply sorry for the loss of Mary. We have such great memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. You are such a great family and Mary was one of the very best. Sending love to all
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#31 Daniel Elliott 2016-06-23 14:34
To the Branski family,....deep est condolences on the loss of Mary. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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