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Mary B. Mager

Mary Barbara Mager (nee Mariotti) 92, of Amherst, passed away in peace at the Cleveland Clinic, Avon on January 3, 2021.  Her daughters, Sandra and Susan were by her side.

Mary was born in Lorain on August 15, 1928, daughter of Zaccario and Marie (nee Cherubini) Mariottti, of Intermesoli, Italy.  Mary was the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Lorain High School class of 1946-B, where she played the saxophone in the orchestra and marching band.  Mary was employed by Smith and Gerhart in Lorain and managed the jewelry and cosmetic areas of the department store.   

Mary married Paul S. Mager in 1950.  They owned Subway Coal and Builders Supply in Lorain.  Together they raised six children.  The joy of Mary’s life was taking care of her family.  She was a devoted mother and dedicated to each of her children, always putting them first with a strong commitment to family. 

Mary was an accomplished seamstress who was well known for making new outfits for each of her children throughout their school years.  She was fondly remembered for sewing many new curtains for her home.  

Mary was president of the PTA at Holy Trinity School for many years and held various other positions.  She was a parishioner at Holy Trinity Church in Lorain until its closure.  Mary then returned to St. Peter Parish in Lorain where she had been baptized and married.  She was a member of St. Ann’s Branch 114 of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.

Mary enjoyed astrology, casino bus trips, musicals, concerts, and hockey games.  She traveled with her husband, her sister and brother in law and her daughters throughout her life.  She enjoyed many places such as Hawaii, the Caribbean Islands and Italy.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Paul S. Mager; daughter, Michele Mager; brothers, Edward, Martin and Harry Mariotti; and sisters, Thelma Mariotti, Adeline Fazekas and Elizabeth Poley.

She leaves behind her children, Marie Mager-Prager and son, Matthew of Portland, Maine, Susan & Robert Goldstein and daughter, Rachel of Westport, Connecticut, Sandra Mager and Paulette Mager both of Amherst and Paul & Lisa Mager and daughters, Sara, Amanda, and Jessica all of Amherst; and several nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to thank Judy Flynn and the wonderful and caring staff at Avon Oaks.  Mary will truly be missed by family and friends who loved her.

A private mass for the immediate family was held at St. Peter Parish in Lorain. Rev. Craig Hovanec, pastor officiated.  Her final resting place is at Calvary Cemetery next to her husband. The Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists in Lorain handled the arrangements.

A celebration of Mary's life will be announced later this summer/fall when it is safe to do so. 

Donations may be made in Mary's name to Lupus Foundation of America – www.lupus.org 

We will always love you and miss you...rest in peace.


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It always seemed to start with " Marie, Sandy, and Suzie" as we grew up in Holy Trinity and wasn't the address 316 W. 30th St.? It seemed that all of a sudden your family grew and we all grew up and away from our roots. I remember "Aunt Mary" pulling up in the green Caddy in Holy Trinity's parking lot and doing Donald Duck imitations.She always had a smile on her face, and she did indeed love her family. I do not get a newspaper, so I apologize for the lateness of this note. I extend to all of you a sincere expression of sympathy. I thought I had your addresses but found I do not. Stay safe during this coved crisis. Hugs and prayers, and thankfulness, for the joys we shared in days gone by. Love ya' Marilyn Zima-Finch

Marilyn Finch Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Mager family, I was very sorry to read about your mom passing. My deepest sympathy to you all.

LuAnn Leone DiGiandomenico Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

To Marie, Sandra, Susan, and the Mager family,
My sincere condolences to you all. What a great rememberence of what she accomplished in her life! My prayers are with you and your family.

John Grasso Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Sandy and Mager family,I'm so sorry for your loss of your beloved mother.Nothing can replace a mother's love.She will always be missed.

Renee Mariotti Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

Mary had aa way of remembering little things that made people feel like a friend. She always called me Aggie & was gracious & kind to everyone in the Zima family. I'm remembering her beautiful smile - with the fond memories of a "special lady" with a lovely family. From "Aggie" Zima Bailey

Agnes Jan 18 2021 12:00 AM