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Dozens of Nieces and Nephews Celebrate the Life of Beloved Aunt

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Mary Pettys Service, Queen of Heaven Church

By Eileen Buckley

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West Seneca, NY – Funerals and memorial services are scheduled to take place over the next few days for some of the victims from Flight 3407. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday morning for one of the victims at Queen of Heaven Church in West Seneca.

Mary Pettys was remembered as a reliable family member who was considered a "rock." A large crowd of family and friends filled Queen of Heaven. But unlike other Masses of Christian Burial in the Catholic church, there was no body to present. Instead, a large photo of Pettys was placed at the alter surrounded by flowers. Six priests concelebrated the Mass. Fr. David Baker said there are no words to describe what family and friends are feeling.

Brother-in-law Geoff Brandquist delivered the eulogy, describing how Pettys became the matriarch of her family a couple of years ago when her mother died.

Pettys was one of ten children. She is survived by 38 nieces and nephews.

Pettys had a long-time career in the healthcare industry. She worked at Blue Cross for 26 years and most recently for Trizetto. She was engaged to be married this June to Bill Adamski who works for the City of Buffalo.

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