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Mary Abruzzino Dattilo, 106, died Saturday (Sept. 3, 2016) in Charleston.
She was born Dec. 18, 1909, in Shinnston, the daughter of Frank P. and Francesca D. Abruzzino.
She graduated from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and taught in Harrison County until her marriage to Anthony J. Dattilo in 1937. They lived in Fairmont for most of their lives, with winter residence in Lauderlakes, Florida. Mary moved to Charleston after her husband died in 1995.
Mary was a member of the boards of the Marion County Red Cross, Family Service of Marion and Harrison Counties, Fairmont Children's Theater, Mount Vernon Garden Club and the Mount Vernon Book Club. She served on a committee that developed a wartime evacuation plan for Marion County. One of her treasures was a letter of appreciation signed by President Harry S. Truman.
In the 1960s she assisted with renovation plans for the transition of the U.S. Post Office in Fairmont to the main Marion County Public Library facility. Mary was a master in contract and duplicate bridge and an avid golfer, winning many golf tournaments at various clubs.
Mary was predeceased by siblings, Frank M. Abruzzino, David Abruzzino, James Abruzzino, Stanley Abruzzino, Frances Eckert, and Janice Brennan; nephews, Kurt Eckert and Frank P. Abruzzino; and niece, Mary Margaret Curtis.
Surviving nieces are Frances Ann Snide (Jim), Diana Kuninger (Sam), Cindy Cobb (Bill), Jane Miller (Tom), Mary Anne Michael; and niece-in-law, Kate Abruzzino.
Surviving nephews are Ted Brennan, John Brennan (JoCarroll), and Frank K. Abruzzino (Liz).
There will be a Memorial Mass at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Basilica in Charleston. A rosary will be said at 1 p.m. in the church for those who want to participate. A Celebration of Life for friends and family will follow the service at Edgewood Summit in Charleston. Inurnment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairmont.
Those wanting to give gifts are asked to consider Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Basilica in Charleston, St. Peter's Catholic Church in Fairmont, and Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard, West, Charleston WV 25387.
You may send condolences to the family at: www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Published on September 29, 2016
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