Mary Anne Pastino

Mary Anne Pastino (McNally)

Saturday, September 5th, 1942 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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Mary Anne Pastino, a wife, mother, grandmother and artist, whose infectious smile embraced the world around her, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Friday, June 12. She was 77.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mim, as she was affectionately known, became a resident of New Jersey in 1970, when she moved to New Providence with her beloved husband, Albert, and their three daughters, Lisa, Beth and Gina, who were educated in the local school systems.
Mim spent her youth in Philadelphia, graduating from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School in 1960. As a young woman she met fellow Philadelphian Albert Pastino, a student at St. Joseph’s University, whom she married in May 1964. Al’s career took the young couple and their growing family to many locations over the years, including San Juan, Puerto Rico, Hingham, Massachusetts, Ruxton, Maryland, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Chester, New Jersey. Of all the places the family resided over the years however, New Providence NJ was where they called home.
As they settled in New Providence, Mim and Al were one of five families instrumental in forming The Christian Community, an Intentional Catholic Eucharist Community that was welcomed at The Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling, NJ. Mim immediately formed the group’s CCD youth program; helped develop its spiritual program as well as its newly developed outreach to the underprivileged population in Newark. She remained active in the Community for most of its 50 years of existence, even while the couple often moved out of state as required by her husband’s career commitments.
Mim had a love of learning that propelled her to pursue her undergraduate education during her adult years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Douglas College in 1995 and went on to have a successful career at Merck & Co. in Clinton NJ before retiring to spend more time with family and friends.
Mim had many talents, however art was her true passion and calling. Art came to her later in life, when she took up watercolor painting as a hobby, studying in both New Jersey and the Berkshires. Floral paintings were her specialty, allowing her to develop meticulous drawing skills in producing artistic and detailed paintings that were incorporated into the family Christmas cards. Mim exhibited her work in New Jersey, Philadelphia and the Berkshires. In 2015 St. Joseph’s University sponsored an exhibition of her works. And, in 2016 Mim’s art was exhibited by Bloomfield College where she had served as an active trustee on their Board of Trustees for five years. A 2020 calendar featuring her artwork became a fundraiser for The Women’s Alzheimer's Movement.
Mim’s full life was complemented by extensive overseas leisure travel, and adventurous skiing vacations in Vermont, Canada, the Rockies, and the Alps. The family also spent cycling summers in Vermont and at their lakeside cottage in the Berkshire Mountains in Hinsdale, Mass., a gathering place for their beloved grandchildren and many friends.
Mim’s irresistible fervor for life was as contagious as her smile, animatedly expressed in her dancing, which connected her to her beloved mother who predeceased her. Mim also dabbled in local theatre as an amateur actress, a talent which was surprisingly hidden during most of her life.
Mim loved to participate with her husband Al in alumni affairs at St. Joseph’s University, especially its basketball program. Mim joined him in supporting the team. She was an ardent fan, travelling to Philadelphia for every home game each season and frequently traveling with the team to away games as a supportive and enthusiastic booster.
Mim’s final years were spent at Complete Care at Green Knoll under their kind and compassionate supervision.

Mim was predeceased by her mother, Anne McNally, her father, Edward McNally, sister, Patricia McNally, brother Edward McNally, niece Patty Moscoto and son-in-law- Douglas O”Neill. She is survived by her husband of fifty-six years, Albert; daughters Lisa Sanders (Joël); Beth Giannotto (John); Gina Cohen Pastino (Naomi); grandchildren: Kevin, Kaitlin and Brendan O’Neill; Andrew, Matthew and Jake Giannotto; Sophia and Griffin Cohen Pastino. She is also survived by her sister Elizabeth McNally, and brothers Michael McNally and Joseph McNally.
A private commemorative service for the family will be held on Tuesday, June 30,2020 at the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling, NJ.
For those who wish, donations may be made in Mim’s memory to: The Mim Pastino Endowed Scholarship at Saint Joseph’s University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 1913.
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    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ
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    Celebrated at the Shrine of St. Joseph
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    Father Peter Krebs
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Terry and Nancy Culleton

Posted at 01:32pm
We're saddened by the loss of dear cousin Mary Anne, a woman of spirit, compassion, humor, and abiding faith. Our love goes out to the family.
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Elizabeth McNally

Posted at 01:01am
I would like to make a correction to the previous post - The singer's name was "Helen Reddy" and, the song hit the charts in 1974.

I will still hold all those memories safely and closely in my heart - Love Liz
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Elizabeth McNally

Posted at 12:00am
Al, Lisa, Beth, and Gina - and, everyone else - I could not find the words to express anything about my sister - because, there are
so many memories, that I could literally write a book. On that note - I hope to hold all those memories safely in my heart and mind.
When I was a teenager growing up - I do believe Helen Ready had a song: "Me and You against the World" part of the words from that song were: "And, when one of us is gone, and one of us is left to carry on, then "remembering will have to do - Our memories,
alone will get us through, think about the Days of Me and You - You and me against the World" Want to state that I am not against the world - but, the words speak for themselves - The song starts out with with a chorus "And, for all the times we cried, I always thought that God was on Our Side". May each one of you hold all those memories "safely in your Heart" and, Cherish everyone of them. Mim, I am going to Miss You - we all are - and, Thank you for being such a good sister to me - and, a good daughter, wife,
mom, grandmom, aunt , and friend -Love Your sister Liz.
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Bill Culleton

Posted at 12:42pm
Dear Cousins,
Please accept my condolences on your loss of beautiful Mim. I will always remember Mim as my first baby sitter, back when I was in early grade school. She had a friend on my block on Wellington Street and would come to our house once a week to watch me after school and visit with her friend. Now, this is long ago and my memory may have added details, but she was resplendent in a pig tail, bobby socks, and a poodle skirt, clicking gum (I was fascinated - what a cool trick!) and introducing me to the historic Philadelphia rock & roll show, American Bandstand. I have seen Presidents and Popes in person, but none shines in my memory more brightly than my cousin Mary Anne in her very hip teenage costume watching Bandstand in my living room!
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