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STAMFORD - Mary E. Cagle of 1 Buntline Drive, Stamford, passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at 95 years young following a short illness.
Born Mary Elizabeth Callirgos on Dec. 2, 1922, in New York City, she was the daughter and oldest child of the late Victor N. and Catherine (Vedera) Callirgos.
While working at an insurance company in NYC, and after months of discussions, she convinced her father to allow her to join the Navy. On Aug. 14, 1943 she enlisted in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) to be part of the U.S. effort in World War II, and served in New York, Washington, D.C., and Jacksonville, Florida, among other locations. She was discharged in March of 1949 with the rank of Chief Yeoman, whereupon she re-enlisted for two years of inactive duty.
Beginning in 1948, Mary was on the staff of the U.S. Ambassador to Korea (in Seoul), worked with a research analyst on Wall Street, was office manager for General Cable, and held significant positions at Cushman & Wakefield, Orbach's, and Roberta Di Camerino's. She left New York City in 1977 for Honolulu, and was self-employed for the majority of the balance of her career.
Family eventually brought her back to New York State, where she continued her lifelong avocations of sewing (she made clothes for herself, her mother and her daughter), playing music, and talking politics. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Stamford.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Alice Pisano; her grandchildren, Sargent 1st Class Richard Pisano and Elizabeth Pisano, and their families; nephew, Victor C. Callirgos, nieces, Jayne McMurdy and Jodi Lussier, and dear friends, Linda and Gary Michelsen.
A funeral mass, to be held at noon, Saturday, Dec. 30, at Sacred Heart Church, 27 Harper St., Stamford, will be followed by a luncheon. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250-0301, or www.dav.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home of Roxbury.
Published on December 17, 2017
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