Obituary of Mary Penders
Penders, Mary Concetta “Connie” (nee Fiore) on June 5, 2018 of West Seneca, NY. Beloved wife of the late Edward F.; loving mother of Carl Francis, Judith Penders O’Mara, Donna, Craig, Peggy (Phil) Tronolone, and Sally Penders; cherished grandmother of Brandon (Stephanie), Sarina, Kyle, Alexandra, and Daniel; dearest sister of Frank (late Esther) Fiore, the late Thomas (Lucy), late Paul (Mary), and late Eleanor (late James); also survived by many nieces & nephews. Friends will be received 2-4 PM & 6-8 PM, Friday, at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME same as CURTIN FUNERAL HOME 1340 Union Rd, West Seneca (716-674-5776) where a prayer service will be held 11 AM, Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 11:30 AM, at Queen of Heaven Church, West Seneca. Online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
Mary Penders was born in Lackawanna. She was determined to raise a family of her own and hoping to see the world. Mary worked in downtown Buffalo as an executive secretary, later in retail and finally a career as a successful real estate agent. Her main mission in life, though, was raising six children and instilling in them her strong Catholic faith, love for music and theater, her passion for reading everything she could get her hands on. Mary often shared her findings in her crisp lector voice over a dining table with her favorite cocktail, sweet manhattans.
One of five children, she loved big parties with her family and over 30 nieces and nephews welcoming everyone into her home. For friends the Penders home was known as the place to be to enjoy great conversation and good food.
She loved to travel and plan family stays with her siblings in Florida, Washington and Cleveland as well as vacations in Chautauqua and a dream trip to Europe with her late husband Ed.
Mary’s heart was made full with family events and especially her precious grandchildren whom she loved to cook for and laugh along side them. Known as her second babies, they brought complete joy and Mary’s smile lit up the room upon seeing them. Yes, family was the core of Mary’s life.