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PALATINE - Mary Ann Payack, 78, completed her earthly journey July 31, 2017, and is now in Heaven with her parents, Catherine and John Maluk and younger brother, Andy.
She is survived by her brother, John Maluk Jr. and sisters, Elizabeth Yanavok and Catherine Haider, all of New Jersey.
She is also survived by her husband of 57 years, Walter Payack of Fort Plain; four sons, Walter Jr. of Carmel, Indiana, Robert of Schenectady, Andrew of Cresco, Pennsylvania and Michael of Little Falls; and daughter, Laura Payack (Ottman) of Cherry Valley.
Mary also leaves behind five grandsons; six granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.
Born Mary Maluk on May 14, 1939, in Dover, New Jersey, times were tough back then and she worked as a child to support her family.
She was a Class of 1957 graduate of Boonton High School.
Married to Walter Payack in 1959, they grew their dreams together.
Formerly of Branchville, New Jersey, farming brought them to Fort Plain in 1983. They had many good times through the years on their dairy farm on Clinton Road.
Mary had a warm heart and loving nature. Her home and kitchen were usually open to anyone with a good soul. She would often adopt anyone in need.
She especially looked forward to the holidays when she could have all her children home with her and anyone else who needed a place at the table. To Mary, you were family and treated as such. That included big hugs, pulling your weight by doing chores, and occasionally having to take her to bingo as punishment for some transgression. She was occasionally loud and out-spoken, but she always made up for it with a big heart, endless compassion, good cooking, great stories, and lots of love.
The last two years were tough for Mary. She had health issues, lost her sight and hearing. The family misses Mary dearly.
At her request, there were to be no funeral arrangements or viewing. We are sorry if you did not get to say goodbye. The family does not request any gifts or donations be made. However, if Mary touched your life over the years, have a shot of Drambuie or Sambuca in her honor.
The family adds very special thanks to Bassett Hospital and all the staff at Palatine Nursing Home where Mary was cared for and treated with respect and dignity until her last day.
To send online condolences visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
Published on August 21, 2017
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