Mary Federowicz, a long-time resident of Naugatuck, Conn., and for the past 16 years of the Vineyard, died peacefully in her sleep Sept. 9 at Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. She was 95.
She was born on March 16, 1917 in Naugatuck to Peter and Mary Einik. Mary was the third of six children: Peter and Theodore, who predeceased her, and John, Angelina and Helen, who remain. Residing most of her life in Naugatuck, she graduated from Naugatuck High School and was voted the class beauty. She obtained employment at the United States Rubber Company, eventually becoming secretary to the plant manager. She played competitive basketball in the company’s basketball league. She was a beautiful dancer, attracting the eye of her future husband Benjamin Federowicz of Seymour, Conn. They entered many dance contests and won several, from Bridgeport to Hartford. She played in the local golf league while enjoying bridge in the off-season.
Mary had one child, David, who currently resides with his wife Judy in Vineyard Haven. She had an entrepreneurial spirit, attending Dale Carnegie courses, obtaining her real estate license and becoming a beauty counselor representative. She contributed to community organizations as vice president and social committee chairman for the Naugatuck Women’s Club, was a member of St. Francis’ Catholic Church Women’s Guild, was secretary to the local AARP chapter, volunteered at the voting booths and administratively supported the local Red Cross blood drives.
She was a devoted wife of Ben for 57 years, who because of serious health problems moved to the Vineyard 16 years ago to be close to David and Judy. Mary was a devoted and beaming grandmother to Sean of Oak Bluffs, Kristen of Suffield, Conn., Ehren of Bethesda, Md., and Katherine of New York city. A very proud great-grandmother, she immensely enjoyed hearing of her great-grandkids’ early growing experiences. She had seven: Hope Eastman of Oak Bluffs, Cormac Benjamin, Seamus Long, Ronan Byrne of Suffield, Jacqueline Reese, Ashley Arden, and Caitlyn Rose of Bethesda.
She was an accomplished seamstress, a wonderful baker and pie maker, excelled at crocheting and knitting as her work was enjoyed and experienced by family members. As one could imagine, these skills severely diminished in later life, but the memories and works remain.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine’s Church on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. followed by a gathering at the Federowicz home at 132 Main street in Vineyard Haven. Mary will be interred at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck, joining her husband Ben, Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.
Donations may be made in her memory to Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 399, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or to Windemere Nursing Home (Recreational Fund), P.O. Box 1747, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557. No flowers, please.
Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.