Mary L. Tanzini

Mary Leona Tanzini, 90, of The Donaldson Road in Lake Clear, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 at AMC-Uihlein Living Center in Lake Placid, where she had been a resident since 2004.

Born in Saranac Lake on Oct. 16, 1922, she was the daughter of Walter and Maude (Martell) Donaldson. She was married to William Tanzini. He predeceased her on Dec. 31, 1996.

Mrs. Tanzini worked as a seamstress for the Saranac Lake Dress Factory for many years. She later worked for private camps. She enjoyed sewing for her family and gardening.

She is survived by one daughter Carolyn Moody and her husband Mace of Lake Clear and their children Cindy, Penny, Mace III, Randy and Angela; one daughter-in-law Clemos Tanzini of Saranac Lake and her children Walter and Bonnie; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; one sister Betty Girard and her husband Robert of Lake Clear; one brother-in-law Raymond of DeLand, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, one son William Tanzini; four sisters: Hildred Bomyea, Marguerite Bomyea, Dorothy Wood and Helen Donaldson; and one sister-in-law Shirley McCarthy.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A graveside service will take place at the convenience of the family at the Harrietstown Cemetery in Saranac Lake.

Friends wishing to remember Mary Leona Tanzini may make memorial contributions to High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. in care of the funeral home.

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