Mafalda "Mae" Howley

November 8, 2012  

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  —  Mafalda “Mae” Dileta Lorenzini Howley, 99, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility, surrounded by her loving family and the wonderful staff of the 4th Floor.

Mae was born Sept. 25, 1913, in Betula, Pa., a daughter of Giuseppe and Giovanna Lorenzini After moving to Lewis County, she attended Lowville Free Academy and Banford Academy Beauty School, New York City, graduating in 1932. Mae was then employed by Ethel’s Beauty Shop in Lowville. 

She married William J. Howley on Oct. 15, 1932, at St. Mary’s Rectory in Glenfield with Rev. George Brison officiating. 

Together, with her husband, they owned and operated Central Hotel in Glenfield from 1938 to 1962 and also owned and operated Timber Lodge from 1952 to 1976. She also worked in the library at St. Peter’s Catholic School during the 1970s.

Mrs. Howley was a member and communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glenfield. 

One of her greatest joys in life was dancing with her husband of 67 years. 

She was an avid bowler and member of a league at Lewis Lanes; was a fan of Tiger Woods, who played golf herself and enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

Surviving are her children: Joan C. Whalen, Goodyear, Ariz., Michael D. and Susan Howley, Chandler, Ariz., Judith (McLaughlin) Marmon and husband, Bill, Port Leyden, Bethany M. Hoffman, Massena, and Anne Howley-O’Brien, Richland, Mich.; a daughter-in-law, Carol Howley, Elmira and Brantingham; two sisters-in-law, Ellen Lorenzini, Brantingham and Lea Howley, Oswego; 29 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Bill, who died in 1999, Mrs. Howley was predeceased by her son, Philip W.; a son Joseph, who died in infancy; three sons-in-law: Dominic “Bud” Whalen, Dr. J.C. “Charlie’ McLaughlin and Leonard Hoffman; her three sisters: Theresa Ely, Angeline Meda MacKeller and Margaret Burdick; four brothers: Anthony, Floriano, Hector and Virgil Lorenzini and a great-grandson, Andy Whalen of Hawaii.

A funeral mass will be said 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at St.Peter’s Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara officiating. Burial will be in Old Glendale Cemetery. 

Family and friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Sundquist Funeral Home. A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. 

Contributions in Mae Howley’s name may be made to Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility in c/o Activities Department, 7785 N.State Street, Lowville, NY 13367 or Friends of Lewis County Hospice, PO Box 266, Lowville, N Y 13367.

Much love and many thanks to the 4th Floor nursing staff, Dr. Harold Meny & Staff and Lewis County Hospice for their wonderful care of our mother.

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Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.