Mary T. Wadsworth


Mary T. Wadsworth, 100, of Fonda, New York, passed
away peacefully on October 12, 2021 at the St. Johnsville
Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born
on December 10, 1920 to Frank and Helen (Murphy)
Meaney in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In 1928, Mary moved with her family to Boston,
Massachusetts. In her younger years, Mary worked as
a waitress in the Waldorf in Boston, where she met
Preston D. Wadsworth, who was visiting port during
his training for the United States Navy. On February
28, 1943 Mary and Preston were united in marriage.
Eventually, they came to settle on Broadway in Fonda,
where they lived for the rest of their lives. The couple
shared 66 years together until Preston’s passing in
October of 2010.
Once the couple had settled down in Fonda, Mary
began waitressing at the Willy Sarris Restaurant,
where she worked for many years. Mary was a devoted
mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who
always loved to spend time with her family. She was
known to be a social butterfly, and in her free time
she always enjoyed taking a shopping trip. On her
50th birthday, Mary finally learned how to drive, after
committing her first 50 years to either walking or getting
a ride everywhere.
Her loving family includes her son, Lyle P. Wadsworth
and his wife Kathleen, of Fonda; her grandchildren,
Pamela Wadsworth, of Fonda, and Isaiah Wadsworth,
of Palatine Bridge; her great-grandchildren,
Cody and Alexis Wadsworth; sisters in-law, Anne
Meaney, Beth Meaney, and Genevieve Wadsworth; as
well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is
preceded in passing by her parents, Frank and Helen,
as well as by her husband, Preston, and all seventeen
of her siblings.
Mary’s family would like to extend their deepest
gratitude to the nurses and staff at St. Johnsville Rehabilitation
and Nursing Center for the care they provided
to Mary, and making her feel a part of their family
for the past five years. They also deeply appreciate
all of the guidance and support that the staff extended
to Mary’s family, especially during these uncertain
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday,
October 21, 2021 at 11 o’clock in the chapel of the Jackson
& Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main Street, Fultonville,
NY 12072. Interment will follow in the Evergreen
Cemetery, Fonda, New York, with the funeral procession
passing by Mary’s home on Broadway. Relatives
and friends are invited, and may call on Thursday,
October 21, 2021 from 10 o’clock until 11 o’clock
in the morning at Jackson & Betz Funeral Home. In
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
in Mary’s memory to St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and
Nursing Center, 7 Timmerman Ave, St Johnsville, NY
13452. Please visit Mary’s guestbook online at www.

By Leader-Herald

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