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Mary A. Pietras (Werbiskis)

July 10, 1919 - April 11, 2019

Mary A. (Werbiskis) Pietras, died peacefully on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in La Quinta, CA, after suffering from dementia for 4 ½ years. She was 3 months shy of turning 100 on July 10, 1919. Prior to her illness, she spent 5 lovely years at an assisted living home in Rancho Mirage, CA, where she actively participated in their activities. She moved to California in 2009 from Sheridan Circle in Chicopee, MA, her home for 63 years. Mary attended the Chicopee Senior Citizens Center in Aldenville during her retirement years. She also faithfully attended Sunday Mass at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus in Chicopee. Mary retired 36 years ago from Coil Electronics in Springfield and prior to that had worked for years at General Instruments (F. W. Sickles) in Chicopee Center until they closed. Mary had worked at the Springfield Armory making gun parts during WWII, while the men were at war. She spread her sweetness and joy to both coasts. She spent many summers in Wellfleet MA with her son, Ted and granddaughter Ashly, enjoying the beach. She would spend a month with her eldest daughter, Karen each winter in Redondo Beach, CA and then Palm Desert, CA. Mary would also spend time with her daughter, Gayle in Half Moon Bay, CA during her visits to the West Coast. Mary is survived by 2 daughters, Karen Yoxsimer of Palm Desert, CA and Gayle Pietras and her husband Greg of Indio, Her son, Ted and his wife Jane of Boston and granddaughter Ashly of Meriden Ct. Her husband Theodore “Butchie” predeceased her by 25 years. Mary will join him at St. Stanislaus Cemetery on Chicopee. A private grave side service will be held to remember Mary’s long life and to bless her soul.