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Mary B. (Bossola) Pelino

September 25, 1921 - February 15, 2021

Obituary For Mary B. (Bossola) Pelino

Affectionately known as Big Mar, our Mother graced this Earth for over 99 years. Born in Keystone Shaft, PA in 1921 to immigrant Italian parents, she had dreams of being a chemist. However, financial hardships and WW II derailed that plan. After the war, she met our father, Tony, on a blind date, and following a whirlwind romance, she achieved her second goal, becoming a wife and eventual mother of five. And what an amazing Mom she was. She had a marvelous sense of humor. (You kind of have to with five kids.) When one of our friends would greet her with "Hail Mary, mother of five!", she would laugh and lovingly call them a "rotten kid". We hit the jackpot in the Mom department. Our home was filled with love, laughter, incredible aromas emanating from the kitchen, friends running in and out, and some occasional primo Italian yelling. (I mean, five kids, right. How could she not yell.) Her home was an open door. She welcomed all with a beaming smile, a warm embrace, and a fresh pot of coffee. Mary was a true people person. She could talk to anyone. She was everyone's Mom, Grandma, therapist. When she would sit down in a mall, or wherever, to rest while we ran off to continue shopping, upon our return, there was always someone sitting next to her telling her their life story. Always. Most of all, she loved her family and friends with every fiber of her being. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary. Sending cards and notes was her jam. Our Mother was a shiny gem whose sparkle was brilliant. She was always positive, rarely down. She laughed easily and fully. She was warm, loving, thoughtful, kind, impish, spirited, and full of life. Her lightness of being touched all who knew her. She was an inspiration on how to age with the perfect combination of grace, elegance, and irreverence. We were blessed to have her vibrant light with us for so long. Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Anthony V. Pelino, her sisters, Elsie B. Little and Enes B. Edwards. She is survived by her children: Laura (David) Nial, Vicki (Tony) Caldart, Toni (the late Art) Weber, Anthony "Buddy" (Leslie) Pelino and Marie (George) Popichak; and grandchildren: Zach (Kelly) Nial, Willie (Ruth) Joback, Regi (Nik) Caldart, Jaimie Pelino, Mike Pelino, and Jon Caldart.
A private family viewing is planned for Saturday at John F Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. Mary loved children, so In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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I was honored to share so many Holidays and Family events with Mary. The privilege of sitting next to her during dinner, and enjoying her life stories and sense of humor is something I will always cherish. She will be missed. Bernadette
- Bernadette Vietmeier
I probably spent more time at the Pelino residence than I did at my parents home growing up in the neighborhood. Bud and I were inseparable in our youth. When we were in the 7th grade we wanted to be musicians and start a band with Bill Erny. Bud and Bill would play guitar and I would play drums. We had our first practice with our new Bass player Fred in your living room on Olancha. Your mom was the only one of our parents who would tolerate a live band in the living room! That was in the fall of 1969 and when her mother (your grandmother), Mrs. Bossola died she allowed us to set up our equipment in the basement of her house right next door. We would go on to become a great band over the next four years and your mom would get to hear every screaming guitar riff, every drum beat, every bass pattern, every vocal, day in and day out year after year. I think she felt that her "Buddy" was safe with his bandmates right next door so she put up with our blasting music all through our high school years. We were all her kids. Many years later after Amy and I were married and moved to California we would visit your mom on some of our trips back to Pittsburgh and she would be so excited to see us and our daughter Megan. Megan is now 43 with three of her own kids! I had the best years of my life growing up in the neighborhood and your mom played a major role in my wonderful youth. Bud, Laura, Vicki, Toni and Marie. You were family to me growing up. Your mom was the best! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have our deepest sympathy. Dennis and Amy Kenavey
- Dennis Kenavey
Marie and the entire Pelino family. So sorry to hear about your Mom. Although it is sad, my memories of her and your family remind me of the wonderful neighbors we had and the great neighborhood we all grew up in. It was a place where we'd enter your house on the side door and ours on the back door because that's how friends did it. It's where I'd walk through your yard and across your patio on my way to and from grade school, often looking in the window and seeing your Mom in the kitchen. Our Mom's were the true heart and soul of the neighbor and your Mom was truly one of the good ones. I'll always think very fondly of her.
- Matt Ihrig
Laura, Vicki, Toni, Buddy and Marie, I just learned of your Mom's passing, and I'm sitting here flooded with wonderful memories of growing up with the Pelino family. From watching your house being built on the often forgotten middle section of Olancha Avenue to visiting with her when I would get back to Brentwood, especially on the 4th of July, and all the crazy, fun times in between. Since it would take all day to write them all down, I will simply say that it was the perfect time and perfect neighborhood to grow up in, and your Mom was such a huge, positive influence on me and my family. I know she is celebrating with my Mom just as they did when they got all of us kids out the door on the first day back to school! My deepest condolences to you and your families. God bless you, Mrs. Pelino. I love you! Marsha
- Marsha Ihrig Grabowski
Dear Marie, Buddy, and the entire Pelino family, My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I'll always think of her as one of the "moms" raising the entire neighborhood of us kids and putting up with so much of the mischief we got into. She'll be sadly missed.
- Tim Wirth
Such a beautiful thing to read...we loved Mary, loved talking to her when she was out to get her mail or even just chatting on the phone from time to time. I know how much she love the kids as well. We will truely miss her...she was a great lady. Deepest sympathy to your family -Ron, Paula, Mauren and Jamey Trageser ( her neighbors from Olancha)
- Paula Trageser
Dear Toni and Family. May we extend our very sincere sympathy on the passing of MARY (Your dear Mom ). No matter when we met she always had that wonderful smile and twinkle in her eyes. We will miss seeing her at the races, B H S luncheons , and just "around". Rest peacefully neighbor and friend. God bless. Our hugs and kisses. Merle and Helen
- Merle and Helen Sharrer
Wow.....what a wonderful tribute to you mom. I didn't know her, but I wish I did! Heartfelt sympathies to your family and may your mother's memory be a blessing to all who knew her.
- Patty

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