Mary Elizabeth Romano (Mina) passed away and into eternal peace on March 4, 2021 in West Palm Beach, Florida. She was 67 years old.
Mary was born to Paul and Theresa (Petrocine) in Eastchester, NY on April 29, 1953, and later moved to New Rochelle and then Purchase, where she lived until she married her late husband Anthony, with whom she is now lovingly reunited. She graduated Ursuline High School in 1971, studied two years at Marymount college in Virginia, and then completed her higher education at the Berkely Secretarial School in White Plains, NY.
She had a childhood filled with family and fun. Two of her three brothers were within a year and a half of her age on both sides, and the youngest 10 years younger. So, she got to experience the fun and unique position of the middle child, and of the big sister who assumed a good deal of babysitting duties for the youngest brother. As the kids grew older, they sometimes vacationed together amongst themselves, as well as with some of our cousins. Our family and so many cousins lived in close proximity to one another, and we visited and entertained constantly, throughout the years. Her gentle sweetness stems from her love of family.
Of course, throughout so much of her early life, she, like all her siblings and a vast assortment of cousins, worked at “The Store”. For those unfamiliar, The Store was our dad's Supermarket - Pioneer Market on Garth Road in Scarsdale. Known as Pioneer, Associated, K-Town and lastly C-Town. She spent most of her teen years and later working at the store in between breaks and vacations from school. Later, she would be full-time there before moving on to the Scarsdale National Bank. But it was at the store that she would meet her beloved future husband, Anthony Romano.
Mary and Anthony had an on and off relationship for a couple of years before they became engaged. They were very discreet about their relationship for a long time. At the time of her engagement, I did not know they were still dating! Anthony came to the Purchase house one weekend morning and asked our father's permission to marry Mary, and then he proposed. They were married on September 11, 1983 at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains on the hottest September 11 on record to that date - somewhere in the upper 90's and no A/C in either the church or at the reception hall (a gracious old mansion but well before air conditioning) but we had a blast nevertheless. They lived in Mount Vernon and later Hartsdale, NY until moving to Boynton Beach, Florida in 1992. By this time, Anthony had been working several years for the Post Office in Elmsford, NY. He put in for a transfer to Boynton Beach, was approved, and off they went.
They had a spacious apartment in Boynton while they looked for their forever home. They purchased a lot in the Greenacres area of West Palm Beach, and built a beautiful home there, where they lived until Anthony's passing in August of 2012. During their time there, they made countless friendships in the neighborhood and entertained guests frequently. They were fond of humorous little signs in the gardens around their home, which were meticulously landscaped and the home immaculate. They loved to watch movies together, spend time in their pool, and enjoyed traveling together. Mary loved coming to NY to visit and reminisce with her family and friends in the NY area.
Mary is survived by her three siblings - Robert (Barbara, and her three children Michelle, Travis and Bo Finley) William (Maxine), James (Yvette) and three nieces and nephews - Theresa Mina, Noah Mina (Godson) and Thomas Mina. Services will be Thursday, March 18 at Tillman Funeral Home, which will also be available online. Please visit https://www.tillmanfuneralhome.com/obituary/mary-romano
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