Mary Lally

Mary Ann Lally

1973 - 2021

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Mary Ann Lally, age 48, was given her angel wings early on Christmas Eve morning, surrounded by her family and her beloved “posse” while the snow gently fell outside. Marys wishes were, that due to Covid, there be no large gathering. Her first concern was always everyone else’s safety and health. The family will have a private mass at St. Francis Catholic Church in Phelps, followed by a private burial in Resthaven Cemetery. Friends and family may watch the funeral mass via zoom at 10 a.m. on Thursday (December 30). Meeting ID 939 5191 1667 Passcode 002698 Mary has requested that although flowers are beautiful, her wish is to have donations made to her school foundation for the benefit of students. Please visit online or mail donations to East Greenbush Education Foundation C/O East Greenbush Central School District Administration Center 29 Englewood Avenue East Greenbush, NY 12061. Mary was born on May 16, 1973 in Clifton Springs, N.Y., the daughter of William and Nancy Wellman Lally. She earned her Masters Degree in Special Education from Geneseo. She worked at Roosevelt ARC in Newark. She also worked at Victor Primary School where she received the Golden Apple Award. Mary moved to Albany and has been teaching at Columbia High School for over 10 years. She was also a tutor and just loved teaching. Mary continued to light up the world around her with her smile and quick wit, as she had every single day of her 48 years. She found a way to keep going despite all of the pain and hard times she faced during her almost 3 years of treatment. All were in awe of her tenacity to continue to teach her special education students at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, N.Y., despite aggressive treatments, and even putting herself at great risk of COVID, with her compromised immunity. Nothing was going to keep her away from teaching. She loved her job and those kids so much and that love was generously returned by the kids, their grateful parents and the dedicated support of staff, who became extended family and her "posse" forever. To know Mary was to smile at the mention of her name. She could put a positive twist on any situation. Mary will find a way to make us laugh and remember all the good times and funny stories for the rest of our lives. Please honor her memory with random acts of kindness and by living each day with gratefulness. She is survived by her parents, Bill and Nancy Wellman Lally of Phelps; sister, Tammy (Mike Bloemendaal) Lozipone of Walworth; brother, Billy (Margaret) Lally of Phelps; nephews and niece, Jeff and Sarah “Cuse” Lozipone, Billy III and Bobby Lally; many aunts, uncles and extended family; close friend, Craig Cavotta from the 15 and her “posse”.
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Zoom Mass

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, December 30, 2021
ID 939 5191 1667
Passcode 002698
Phelps, New York, United States