Obituary - Mary Louise Paul Petretti
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Obituary - Mary Louise Paul Petretti

January 6, 2021

Dobbs Ferry - Mary Louise Paul Petretti, a long time resident of Dobbs Ferry, NY passed away on January 6, 2022 having declined in health due to a cerebral hemorrhage dating from December 2019. She was 97 years old.

Mary Louise Paul Petretti

Mary Louise was an artist, chiropractor's assistant, herbalist and homemaker. A past member of the Ardsley Garden Club, of both the Dobbs Ferry Beautification Committee, and the Senior Center. An all round animal lover and animal conservation supporter. She was born on January 11, 1924 in Richmond, RI to Anna K. Sypula of Strogowa, Poland and Jacob Paul of Olib, Croatia. Mary spent her earliest years in Rhode Island, then Florida, and her entire school years in the Bronx; having graduated night school from Roosevelt High. Mary and her husband George, were married 74 years ago in the Bronx at Immaculate Conception Church on East Gun Hill Road.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary A. Petretti of Manhattan, two sons; Paul J. of Dobbs Ferry and George H. and daughter-in-law Deborah of Wappingers Falls. Also surviving is her sister Ann Paul Ramsey of Seguine, TX; 13 nieces, nephews, and 28 great-neices, great-nephews. Predeceased by her husband George, two sisters Mary Paul, Frances Paul Cesta, two brothers George F. and John J. Paul.

In lieu of flowers, donations may in may be made in Mary Louise's name to either one of these two local animal charities. Each of which host a feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program: 1) SPCA of Westchester, Inc., 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 (914) 941-2896 and 2) Humane Society of Westchester, 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801 (914) 632-2925, or 3) to a local animal charity in your area that supports TNR. 

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