OBITUARY

Mary Persinger Finnegan

November 29, 1944August 4, 2018
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Mary Persinger Finnegan, 73, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 4th.

Always the Jersey girl, Mary was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, moving to the Northeast and Midwest to raise a family and settling in Cary, North Carolina for semi-retirement.

A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono teaching program, Mary started her career as a high school French teacher, transitioning to the elementary school level mid-career and changing directions again by becoming a piano teacher. She used to joke that she never imagined teaching piano considering how much she tried evading her own lessons as a child. Mary's love of music helped her to develop a unique teaching style that was enjoyed by all age levels. Her students adored her immensely and looked forward to her fun lessons every week.

In addition to playing piano, Mary was very involved in the Encore Singers group, performing in numerous concerts throughout the season and making many longterm friendships.

Mary was married to the late Francis Andrew Finnegan, Jr. and was the loving mother of two daughters, Kerry Adapathya (Ravi Adapathya) and Andrea Anzelone (Jeff Loos) and six grandchildren, Christopher (17), Ryan (16), Alfonse (16), Ava (14), Ryan (14) and Aiden (13). Known as Meemo and Boo, Mary had a unique relationship with each of her grandchildren, creating many wonderful memories along the way. She is already and will be dearly missed.

A vocabulary aficionado, Mary was a force to be reckoned with and referred to herself as The Dragon Lady when it came to Scrabble and Words with Friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, George Carl Persinger and Elizabeth Persinger, and brother Carl Allan Persinger.

Mary's final resting place will be next to her beloved husband, Andy, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

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  • Mary was married to the late Francis Andrew Finnegan, Jr. and was the loving mother of two daughters, Kerry Adapathya (Ravi Adapathya) and Andrea Anzelone (Jeff Loos) and six grandchildren, Christopher (17), Ryan (16), Alfonse (16), Ava (14), Ryan (14) and Aiden (13). Known as Meemo and Boo, Mary had a unique relationship with each of her grandchildren, creating many wonderful memories along the way. She is already and will be dearly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents, George Carl Persinger and Elizabeth Persinger, and brother Carl Allan Persinger.

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  • Visitation Friday, August 10, 2018
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Thomas Link

August 10, 2018

What energy and what a superb voice. I was privileged to sing with Mary in The Encore Singers over many years. And she always went above and beyond to create rehearsal tracks for all the vocal parts. She will be sorely missed.

Carroll Robb

August 10, 2018

Mary was not just a dear friend but a tremendous part of our family. We shared a love of music, stage, food, competition and landing a great sale! She was a fixture at our kitchen table and we enjoyed many meals and games. It was always fun to watch her and Scott pick at each other while playing cards or Mexican Train. We frequented food truck rallies, shows and enjoyed our wine. She was a great teacher and supporter of Garrett as she attended his first performance with the Raleigh Boy Choir. There are so many ways that Mary touched our lives that I could go on and on but I will stop and just say that she was loved and will be missed.

Audie Tunney

August 10, 2018

Mary embodied the expression “still waters run deep”. Quiet and unassuming, she never sought to be the center of attention. She was “the rock of Gibraltar” for her family and friends. Her remarkable and fearless shaping of her life after my dear brother, her husband’s death stands as a testament to her courage and determination. I will miss her terribly.

Kim Feller

August 9, 2018

I have such fond memories of all our alto sectional rehearsals Mary hosted at her home. We pretty much ended up just eating snacks and sharing laughs during these events. Also Mary hosted many end of season choir parties which were always a lot of fun. At our weekly Tuesday rehearsals I was glad to sit next to Mary since I often would ask her to sing the alto notes to me. I never learned to read music and relied on hearing the notes. Mary was always patient and ready to give me guidance. Not only were we fellow altos but we also spent time going to plays, concerts, and events at one of the local wineries. I feel blessed to have known her and will truly miss her.

Kathy Cappone

August 8, 2018

I will forever miss Mary and thank her so much for sharing her daughter Andrea and grandchildren with me. She was fierce on Words with Friends...kicked my behind too many times to count. She was the most kind, loving, fun, amazing women I had the chance to meet. Her memory will live on through her daughters, grandchildren, and all others lives she touched. My prayers are with her family during this time...until they all meet again in heaven please know that she has peace and is once again reunited with your father.

Kimberly Terry

August 8, 2018

We are heartbroken to hear of Ms. Mary’s passing. She taught my daughter, Kamdyn, piano for the five years that we lived in Apex. Mary was her very first piano teacher and was always so very patient and kind with Kamdyn. She also Jazzercized with me. She loved to dance, sing, and exercise with us. She will be deeply missed. Much love and prayers from The Terry family. Ms. Mary will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

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Biography

Mary Persinger Finnegan, 73, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 4th.

Always the Jersey girl, Mary was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, moving to the Northeast and Midwest to raise a family and settling in Cary, North Carolina for semi-retirement.

A graduate of the University of Maine at Orono teaching program, Mary started her career as a high school French teacher, transitioning to the elementary school level mid-career and changing directions again by becoming a piano teacher. She used to joke that she never imagined teaching piano considering how much she tried evading her own lessons as a child. Mary's love of music helped her to develop a unique teaching style that was enjoyed by all age levels. Her students adored her immensely and looked forward to her fun lessons every week.

In addition to playing piano, Mary was very involved in the Encore Singers group, performing in numerous concerts throughout the season and making many longterm friendships.

Mary was married to the late Francis Andrew Finnegan, Jr. and was the loving mother of two daughters, Kerry Adapathya (Ravi Adapathya) and Andrea Anzelone (Jeff Loos) and six grandchildren, Christopher (17), Ryan (16), Alfonse (16), Ava (14), Ryan (14) and Aiden (13). Known as Meemo and Boo, Mary had a unique relationship with each of her grandchildren, creating many wonderful memories along the way. She is already and will be dearly missed.

A vocabulary aficionado, Mary was a force to be reckoned with and referred to herself as The Dragon Lady when it came to Scrabble and Words with Friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, George Carl Persinger and Elizabeth Persinger, and brother Carl Allan Persinger.

Mary's final resting place will be next to her beloved husband, Andy, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.