Mary (Mae) Emily Roux Mazur, 96, of Pittsfield, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility surrounded by her loving family.
She was born May 1, 1923, in Pittsfield, to the late Louis and Alexandrine Gleize Roux. She attended Lenox schools and was the captain of her basketball team in high school, graduating from Lenox High in 1940. After high school, Mary attended Berkshire Business School and received a certificate in business. She worked at New England Power and Electric as a stenographer until she married and devoted her life to her marriage and the raising of her six children. Mary Roux married John Edward Mazur Oct. 30, 1948, at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox. They were married 67 years before John’s passing Oct. 5, 2015. Mary was a communicant of St. Ann’s church in Lenox for many years.
Mae’s family and friends will remember her most by the abundant vegetable and flower gardens she would care for every spring into late fall. From her garden’s bounty, she would create Sunday dinners every week and finish them off with one of her signature apple pies or lemon meringues. Mae and her husband, John, were avid birders, feeding the birds and squirrels not just in the winter, but all year long. She was a member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and certified their longtime home on Williams Street, Pittsfield, with the National Wildlife Association as a wildlife habitat. Mae’s greatest fulfillment came from her family and instilling in her children that there’s no greater love than family. She will be remembered for her laughter and her many “oh geesh” moments, but mostly for her warm hugs.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mount Greylock Regional Care Facility for the loving care they provided to Mae and for the environment given to the family for a peaceful passing.
Mary is survived by her five daughters: Cynthia A. Mole and former husband Richard of Florida, Jane S. Riddell of Dalton, Lynn M. Paladino of Centerville, Lisa Mazur of Pittsfield, and Ann M. Lasoskie of North Grafton and former husband William of Grafton; her grandchildren Rebecca Klien of Pittsfield, Michael Riddell and wife Autumn of Chesapeake, Virginia, Molly Riddell (Mary’s grandson David’s wife) of Dalton, Melissa Riddell of Dalton, Devan Leab and wife Angela of Shrewsbury, Derek Leab and wife Emily of Tolland, Connecticut, and John (Jack), Allie and Joey Lasoskie of North Grafton; and her greatgrandchildren: Taryn Klien of Somerville, Zeke and Eliza Riddell of Chesapeake, Virginia, Josie and Westin Riddell of Dalton, Ruby Riddell, Liam, Jayce and Charlotte Pease of Dalton, Audrianna and Kenzie Leab of Shrewsbury; and Mason Leab of Tolland, Connecticut. Besides her husband and parents, Mae was predeceased by her son, Dennis John Mazur, in 1978; her brother, Louis Roux in 1983; and her grandson David Riddell Aug. 4, 2018.
A private funeral will be held Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mae’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon Society in care of Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240.