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The Life of Mary Glennon

Mary Glennon died peacefully in Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, PA on November 11, 2017. She was 87 years old. Mary died only hours after her husband John passed away in the hospital room they had shared for two days.
Mary was born on January 15, 1930, in Hoboken, NJ. Her parents, Tindara and Antonio Cappadona, were immigrants from Sicily. Four of her five brothers were born in Sicily — John, Carmen, Sam, and Charlie — and the fifth, Nunzi, was born in Hoboken before Mary.
After high school, Mary was an office worker at Birdseye Foods when she met her future husband, John, through a mutual friend. After getting married, Mary and John moved from Hoboken to Jersey City, where their two children, Edward and Theresa, were born.
The family moved to West Hartford, CT, in 1967. As her children got older, Mary went back to work, which included a position with Hartford National Bank. Mary and John came to the Philadelphia area in the mid-1980s, to Havertown. Mary returned to school for a nursing degree at Delaware County Community College, the fulfillment of a life-long dream.
Mary and John spent their final years at Cathedral Village in Philadelphia.
Mary was endlessly creative. She sewed, embroidered, knitted and crocheted. She drew her own Christmas cards and wrote poems that shared her holiday wishes. She painted on canvas and rocks. She was a gifted gardener who delighted in sharing her flowers with her neighbors.
She is also remembered for being a fine and resourceful cook, and was legendary among family and friends for her Yorkshire pudding, blueberry pancakes, and cheesecake.
Mary’s life was marked by generosity and compassion. She was the main caregiver for many family members, including her mother and some of her brothers, and volunteered at senior centers and other organizations. She was always offering to help anyone in need. And of course Mary took care of her husband John across the years through various health issues.
Along with John, Mary thrived when spending time at their Cape Cod house. And she reveled in her three grandchildren, Julia, Elizabeth, and Joel, who were a continual source of joy.
Mary was a Roman Catholic, but also a lifelong seeker of spiritual wisdom, through books, TV programs, and discussions. Her rosary and her spiritual readings sustained her through the years.
Mary’s life leaves a beautiful gift of love, generosity, and insight to her family and friends.

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