Mary L. Pelland

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February 9, 1938 ~ October 4, 2018

Resided in: Fremont, California

Mary passed away on October 4, 2018 at Aegis of Fremont after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Donald Pelland. Mary was preceded in death in 2003 by her daughter Kathryn Ann Coffey. She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife, Arceli; her son-in-law, Michael Coffey and his wife, Jody; and her grandchildren: Allison and Nathan Pelland, Christina and Cameron Coffey and Karis Dodd. She is also survived by her sister, Lucille Schiappacasse. Mary's smile and friendship will be greatly missed by a large extended family and circle of friends. Mary was born in Detroit and moved to California as a teenager. She graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Biological Science and had a career as a Medical Technologist/Laboratory Scientist, including 24 years in the lab at Washington Township Hospital. Mary met Don at San Jose State and they both graduated in June 1960. One week later they were married. Mary was a woman of many talents and was an especially loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her interests and abilities in art were encouraged and developed by her mother, Lucille. Watercolor painting, drawing with colored pencil, bobbin lacing, rug hooking, and needlecrafts were among Mary's many hobbies. Mary and Don traveled to many countries with Friendship Force over a period of 20 years. They also traveled to Italy, Norway, Ireland and Canada exploring their family roots. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 2:30 to 6:00 and funeral services on Wednesday, October 10 at 10:30 AM at Berge, Pappas, Smith Chapel of the Angels at 40842 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538, with a burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, 22555 Christo Rey Dr., Los Altos, CA 94024. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Alzheimer's Association.

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  1. Dear Don and Mike- Mary was a very special person and will be missed by many. I will always remember my trip to California a couple of years ago and spending time with her. Our deepest sympathy on your loss.

    Cousin Mary Carol DeBarbrie Matosich

  2. You and Mary made such a good team. I always think of you as one. You, the precise mathematical person and Mary , talented, arty and a gracious hostess and homemaker.

  3. To Don and family,

    We send our loving prayers and condolences. We’re sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. We remember Mary well. She was a kind, thoughtful, and loving person. We enjoyed being with you and Mary on the Friendship Force Exchange to the Philippines.

  4. Deepest Sorrow for your loss, hang in there, and Thank You for keeping us informed and sharing a part of your lives.

  5. Don,
    The sad word of Mary’s passing has reached us in Denver. We have so many wonderful memories of Friendship Force times with the two of you during our years with the club there. Your home — and Mary’s genuine sweet smile — always brought a welcome to us during board meetings. Our prayers go out for you and your family during this time of great loss.

  6. Our condolences to you and your family during this time of loss. We are there for you if you need anything. Don and Janice Keller

  7. Don, we are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    You and your family have our deepest sympathy.

    Bill Germany and Connie Archer

  8. Don:
    It was an impressive service for Mary this morning. She was an amazing woman who did many things in her life. The best to you and/or family.

  9. Don, I just heard of Mary’s passing this morning. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Mary was always a cheerful and happy presence when we dour mathematicians got together. She was a joy to be around.

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