Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mary Elizabeth (Salis) Pasquale

Belmont, NY - Mary Elizabeth (Salis) Pasquale, 87, a long time resident of 31 Willard Street passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with her loving family at her side. She was Born April 25, 1925 and adopted from Father Bakers Home for Children in Buffalo, NY on May 2, 1925. She lived and grew up with her Parents, Sabastiano and Isabella Salis in Hornell N.Y. She attended St. Ann's R.C.C. and Catholic School. She Graduated from Hornell High School in 1945. She then attended Rochester School of Commerce in Rochester, NY where she attained an education as a professional secretary on 1946. She worked for a period of time as a secretary at the Hornell Evening Tribune News Paper. On 1949 she married the love of her life, Francis (Frank) W. Pasquale Sr. who predeceased her in 1973. At this time she began her residence in Belmont, NY where she shared co-ownership of a restaurante known as, "Frank's Sugar Bowl." She was known by many of the kids in Belmont who frequented the Sugar bowl and shared many memories with the people of her community also through the business. The women would gather and crochet or knit while the men would chat as men do over many topics.

She was also blessed with four Children, Francis W. (Mary) Pasquale Jr., of Belmont, Gary R. (Jill) Pasquale, of Corvallis, MT, Michael G. Pasquale, who predeceased her on August 8, 2008 and Patty P. (Glen) Cline, Scio, NY, eight Grandchildren Francis "Chip" W. Pasquale III, David, M. Pasquale (Deceased), Catrina N Noniewicz, Tia M. Grooms, Paula J. Markewicz, Kristofer S. Pasquale, Casey L. Cline and Kallie R. Woods. She was also blessed with Twelve Great-Grandchildren. There are many nieces and nephews, a brother-in-law, two sister-in-laws, and numerous cousins that have been loved greatly in her life.

Mary was a very dedicated Mother and her family was the most important thing which she cherished in this life. She enjoyed crocheting Afghans, and sweaters. She enjoyed the many family picnics at Stony brook state park, Trips to visit her son and family in both Alaska and Montana. Her trips in later years to Harrison Valley state park, PA. (Little Grand Canyon of the East) to leaf peep the many colors of nature with her son Frank were charished each fall. Mary also enjoyed within her life the Many Seniors bus trips that she shared with treasured Friends Sharon Canfield and Margaret McNinch, both residing in Belmont. She was an avid bowler and member of the Belmont ladies bowling league for many years. She also was a lifelong member of St. Mary's R.C.C. (Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Parish) Altar Society. She also taught religious education within her church for 35 years. She was a Teachers Aid at both Belmont Central and Scio Central School working with another charished friend Mary Benz, through the Allegany County BOCES Grandmothers program. She was a special Grandma to many children in Allegany County through this program. Mary was a founding parent of the Allegany ARC and enjoyed being fully involved in its development and all activities that took place though this organization during her life time.

Mary was also a resident of the Manor Hills Adult Care Facility in Wellsville, NY and memorial donations could be made to their Activities Department or to the Allegany County ARC. Friends are invited to call on Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:00 am in Holy Family Church in Belmont concelebrated by Rev. Sean DiMaria and Rev. Thomas Roman. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Frank Kitty and Family,
    May our loving God be with you through these times. Know that we will keep you in our prayers in a special way.
    Cook & Linda

  2. May my grandmother rest in peace, having reunited with my grandfather and son with whom she shared her life; and may her life be celebrated by those most dear. May the wounds of my father, and my father's father, now reconcile in peaceful rememberance of the life she lived. I would love to have known her more intimately, for she was my grandmother, but I thank her for teaching me the lessons of her life. I thank her for the blessing of the man she raised in my father, and the part of me, that is part of him, which is part of her legacy eternally. Go to Grandpa and Mike, and smile brightly, Grandma, for they are awaiting you; there is no more pain, or regret, or conflict which follows, only the love of family.

  3. Dear Frank, Gary, and Pat:
    Praying that you will have peace at this time of sadness. We can rejoice however , knowing your mom is now with Jessus and your dad and Michael, whom she missed dearly. She is at peace and happy I am sure. You are all in our prayers. I will hold on to my fond memories of her smile, her laugh, her lasagna and those famous itialian cookies she would make for us :)
    Love, Cousin Lisa and Family

  4. Mary was like a second mother to many of us growing up in Belmont, but being teenagers, we probably wanted to talk to her more than our own mothers. She was a beautiful and inspirational woman in our lives. My thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.


  5. Frank, Gary, and Pat,

    Just read of your mom's passing and wanted to let you know that you're in our thoughts. Losing your mom is one thing you don't ever quite get over. May your memories of her provide you comfort and, maybe, a smile or two (or more).

    Steve Harris

  6. I will remember my Grandma Pasquale as the woman who patiently tried to teach me how to crochet as a young girl (despite my being a slow learner!). She was proud of her Italian heritage and the aroma of her delicious pizzelles will always remind me of holidays spent at her home with the Pasquale side of my family. I am saddened that we had to let her go, but I know she is now at peace being reunited with my Uncle Mike and my grandfather. Sending thoughts of love to my mother, Patricia, as well and my Uncle Gary and Uncle Frank (and their respective families).


  7. Frank, Gary, and pattie Your mom was a great person, sorry to hear of your loss, She was always there for us kids, Along with your dad.
    They helped keep us staight, in those early years.
    Don Hall

  8. Dear Frank, Gary, and Pat:

    As you mourn your mom's death and celebrate her resilient life, please know that your relatives in Hornell keep you close in thought and prayer. May you be blessed with consolation and peace of mind in the days ahead.

    Best regards,
    Joe Aini Jr.

  9. My husband and I first met Mary through the Arc when we worked there with Michael. I can remember visiting with her in her kitchen in Belmont and discovering what a big-hearted, level headed, strong woman she was! The world is a lesser place for her joining Our Lord in heaven, for she surely was greated by all the angels and saints with cries of joy. Jerry and I hold the family especially in our prayers at this time. It is hard to no longer be able to visit with and talk to someone you loved so much.

    Alison and Jerry Dickinson

  10. I was saddened to hear of Mary's passing. To Mary's family and friends I would like to say, when it hurts to look back and you are too sad to look forward,then look beside you and your family and friends will be there.

    Michele Burke


  12. Frank, Gary and Pat,,
    I was so sadden to hear of your mom's passing. I just loved her. She was such a loved person by all who knew her.. i will have wonderul, wonderful memories of her and your father when they spent many,many hours with us kids growing up at Frankies Sugar Bowl.. At least she is at peace now with your dad and mikie.. love u guys... Prayers are with you.. Sandy (Brown) Cooper...

  13. To all Mary's children and your families, I offer my condolences. Mary was a beautiful person and a loving mother and grandmother. She watched us all grow up and during our teenage years, we all knew we had two more sets of parental eyes on us, hers and Frank's. We also knew how much Mary cared for and about all of us throughout the years as we became parents and grandparents ourselves. May her beautiful soul continue to light the lives of all those who mourn her passing.

    Sherry Tronetti Teach

  14. Frank, Gary and Pat,

    I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your families. Mary was a wonderful lady. I have fond memories of growing up with you guys and Mike,too on Willard Street. Frank's Sugar Bowl will always bring a smile to my face. Your parents were a great asset to Belmont, providing a place for kids to gather together. I am sorry that I can't come to the visitation, since Mike and I are living in San Diego now. I would love to see each of you. I will keep you in my prayers. I am sure she is in Heaven and at peace with your dad and Mike.

    April Watson Palmiter

  15. Frank, Gary and Patty,

    My sincere sympathies for you and all of the Pasquale family. Caring comes to mind when I think of your Mother and I of course see her with Mike at her side. Now reunited with your father and Mike, I'm sure she is doing the very same. I think of Bob, when I think of the Franks Sugar Bowl and times of innocence growing up in Belmont .. Peace and prayers, as memories fill your thoughts of your wonderful Mother.

    Susan Boyer Young, Chicago IL

  16. Dear Frank, Gary and Pat,

    Thinking of you all, and sending my love to you. Aunt Mary was an amazing woman. I will always cherish such great memories of her. Whether it was her infectious laugh, or her radiant smile, she was certainly so much larger than all of her 5 foot nothing! There was always such a sense of warmth when you were with her. I will always smile when I think of her amazing cooking, and the delicious aromas that came from the Pasquale kitchen. I will never forget her pizzelles and tables full, with favorite Italian cookies of the Holiday Season! When you were in the Pasquale home, you were family, no matter who you were. I just happened to be blessed to share the same last name. The world was a better place because of your Mom, and who she was. So strong and resilient, gentle and kind. She will be missed, but I hope you will find comfort and peace in the knowledge that she led a life well lived. Smile and rejoice, knowing that she is at peace and celebrating her joyful reunion with your Dad, Michael, David, and so many others she has waited to be with again. She leaves behind a beautiful legacy in you, her family, as well as all those she touched.

    Gina (Pasquale) Haseker

  17. Dear Frank, Gary and Patti

    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was loved by so many folks and she will be missing. Even though I left Belmont many years ago I have often thought of your Mom, Dad, Mikie and you all. Frank and I even swapped emails a couple of times a few years back. You will all remain in my prayers, God Bless. Harlan Smith (

  18. My condolences to the Pasquale Family. Your Mother was definitly a Belmont ICON. Your family was part of all of our families. Another Mother to us all. You were very blessed to have her. May you all be in God's hand until the circle is complete once again.

  19. Jen and Brian SpothJanuary 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Our love, prayers and sympathy at the loss of your Mother. May God send his angels to comfort you.

  20. To The Family of Mary Pasquale
    I was one of the kids that went to Frank's Sugar Bowl after school. Remembering it as if it were yesterday so many years ago. I have so many wonderful childhood memories with your Mom and Dad.They always fixed us kids snacks and sodas. Through the years I saw you Mom out at different times and various places. I grew to love your Mother very much. I am sending my sincere condolences to the entire family.
    Darlene {Hickey} Chapman
    Wellsvile, NY 14895

  21. Frank, Gary and Patti-

    Your mom was was a surrogate mother for the majority of us growing up in Belmont especially in the 60's and 70's. People like her touch the lives of so many and remain there forever...what a wonderful thing to know that she loved and has been loved by so many. I extend my deepest sympathy to you all.

    Carolyn Chilson Solo

  22. So sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I cherish many fond memories of her. She was a very warm and caring person who had the most beautiful smile that always made you feel welcomed. She will be greatly missed. My sympathies to all of you.

    Judy Hollister Hoberg, Kingsport, TN