Mary P. DeCastro

Mary P. DeCastro, 93, of 252 Baker St., died Friday, May 2, 2014, in Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing.

She was born March 31, 1921, in Elmira, N.Y., the biological daughter of the late Minnie Vickio, and the adopted daughter of the late Potito and Antonia Poaletta Posticciola.

She was a 1939 graduate of Fredonia High School.

During World War II, she was employed by Bell Aircraft, Buffalo, as a “Rosie the Riveter” on the P39 aircraft. She later worked for Bigelow’s Department Store in the cosmetic department for 26 years.

She was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church, member of Westside Women’s Club and Lakewood Rod and Gun Club and former member of the Chautauqua County Artist Club.

She will be remembered as a woman of strong faith who loved art especially the use of oil and watercolors. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, gardening and spending time with her family. She was especially excited and thrilled, at age 69, to reconnect with her biological family.

Surviving is a son, Eugene DeCastro of James-town; three granddaughters: Brenda (John) Barton of Gerry, April (Ralph) Wallace of Jamestown, and Christine (James) Wright of O’Fallon, Mo.; seven great-grandchildren: Johnny, Ali and Molly Barton, Ralph Wallace III and Lillian Wallace and Brian and Bradley Wright; and her special pet cat, Lillavan.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph DeCastro, whom she married Jan. 27, 1944, and who died Aug. 13, 1999.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev James Witherington will officiate.

Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.

Friends will be received from noon-2 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Chautauqua Blind Association, 510 West 5th St., Jamestown, NY 14701 or Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.

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