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April 22, 2020 - 9:45am

Mrs. Mary Hart

posted by Joshua Smith.

Batavia - Friday, April 17th at age 91; wife of the late F. Benjamin Hart; mother of David (Kathleen) Barth-Hart of LeRoy & Diane (Laurent) Hart-Hanuad of France; grandmother of Caitlin (Trevor) Hyde, Aelish Hart, Christopher Hanaud & Emmeline Hanaud; step-grandmother of Matthew (Amanda) Doyle & Ethan DePuy; great-grandmother to many; sister of Vincent (Diane) Scime; sister in-law of Allison Scime & Richard Dombrowski; & nieces & nephews; dear friend of Nancy Morrissey. Preceded in death by her sisters Concetta & Carolyn & brother Michael.

Born in 1928 to Sicilian immigrants who came to America four years earlier. As a young girl Mom was blinded for a year when she was badly scalded in an accident. Though she regained her sight, she carried the physical scars the rest of her life. Her twin sister Connie was her defender, and got in many fist fights with those who teased Mom. In school, Mom did very well, skipping three different grades. After graduating from Grover Cleveland High School, Mom worked at Woolworths. Toward the end of WWII she worked at the International Institute helping to settle European refugees. It was there that she met my father, Ben Hart. They married on September 27, 1952, a wonderful, loving marriage that lasted 64 years, until Dad died in 2017. Mom took civil service exams just for fun: “to keep my mind active”. Still when, in 1978, she was offered a job as a secretary in the Department of State in Washington, DC, she and Dad saw it as an adventure, and moved, on three weeks notice. They lived for 35 years there before returning to this area in 2013. Mom will long be remembered for her loving, passionate, generous and caring nature, and for much else.

There is no prior visitation. Graveside services will be held at Batavia Cemetery, Harvester Avenue. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

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