Mary Decker

Mary J. Decker

1937 - 2021

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Mary J. Decker 83 of the Town of Poughkeepsie died at home on Thursday February 18, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born on December 12, 1937,  and was the daughter of the late Ernest and the late Rose Filoia Bruno.

Mary was a lifelong area resident and graduate of Poughkeepsie High School.

On May 13, 1961 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mary married Clarence " Ed " Decker Jr.   Ed predeceased Mary on November 30, 2020.

Mary retired from Vassar College in 2014 where she worked as a Administrative Assistant for over 30 years.  Her time spent at Vassar brought her immense joy. 

Mary was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie.  Mary's life revolved around her daughter, granddaughter and family.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Kristine M. Whelan and her husband Patrick of Pleasant Valley, her granddaughter Haley Rose Hawlk of Pleasant Valley, her sister Barbara Van Dewater and her husband Marc of Poughkeepsie, her brother Ernest Bruno and his wife Roseanne of Hyde Park, her sister In-law Brenda Bruno of Hyde Park, her sister-in-law Joan Sinon of Staatsburg,  and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was predeceased by her brother, Arthur Bruno.

Visitation will take place Wednesday February 24, 2021 form 4pm to 7pm at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, New York. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10am Thursday February 25, 2021 at Holy Trinity Church 775 Main Street Poughkeepsie, New York. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie New York.

The Family asks that Memorial Donations be made in Mary's Name to the Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Ave, Hyde Park, NY 12538, as Mary loved all creatures, big and small.

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4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home
371 Hooker Ave.
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Holy Trinity Church
775 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States


St. Peters Cemetery
Salt Point Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
(845) 471-1870