Mary Anna Malushizky

March 9, 1940 - January 23, 2023

03/09/1940 - 01/23/2023

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Saturday January 28, 2023
Forest Lawn Funeral Home
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
828-692-9188 | Directions
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Funeral Service
Saturday January 28, 2023
11:00 am
Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel
538 Tracy Grove Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

Mary Anna Malushizky, 82, passed away on January 23, 2023, while in hospice care with the Woodlands at Furman in Greenville, SC. She was born one of eight children in Upstate New York to Anthony and Nicolena Sasso. She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, and her husband Paul Malushizky. Mary is survived by her son David Malushizky and his wife Stephanie Malushizky; her son James Malushizky and his fiancée Ashley Hibbitts; and her grandchildren Nelson, Anna, and Joshua Malushizky.

Mary grew up with four brothers, since her sisters all tragically passed away before her birth. It is within this family dynamic that she developed a competitive and compassionate nature along with a sharp wit, for which she earned the lifelong nickname “The Sassy One.” She was a cheerleader at Rome Free Academy from where she graduated in 1958. She maintained several close friendships from her childhood, even to this day, despite the distance and time. After graduation, Mary worked at Griffiss Air Force Base as a telephone operator where she met Paul while he was in the Air Force. They married and moved to Long Island where they built a life in Centereach and then East Setauket, NY. Mary returned to work in the mid-1970s, first at Coopers Office Supply in Port Jefferson, NY, and then as an administrative assistant in the History department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mary and Paul retired in 1995 and moved to Hendersonville, NC, to be close to their children. They enjoyed their retirement traveling together and with close friends and spending time with grandchildren and extended family.

Mary loved playing all sorts of games and was an avid fan of Jeopardy. In recent years, she moved from Hendersonville to Greenville to live at the Woodlands at Furman, where she was loved by many for her spunk and endearing ways. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hendersonville, NC.

A funeral service will be held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Funeral Home in Hendersonville, NC, on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service and gathering of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the wonderful hospice team that took care of her. Please send donations c/o Stephen Scoggins at Interim HealthCare of the Upstate at 100 Verdae Blvd; Suite 300; Greenville, SC, 29607. Donations may also be made to the Ride to End Alzheimer’s via this link: 

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Ellie Lombardo
2 months ago

So sorry to just now hear of Mary’s passing. Mary was a dear friend while we both were living in Hendersonville with our spouses. Our friendship continued after we both became widows sharing many fun times together especially in game groups. She has been missed these last few years but remains in our memories.
Sending deepest sympathy at this time of sadness to her family.

Sandi Russell
2 months ago

I am very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We all shared fun playing in a card group together for a number of years. She has been missed since her illness progressed. My sincere condolences to her family

Cheryl Sasso-Pekola
2 months ago

I am very sad to hear that Aunt Mary has passed away. Though we had not kept in touch for many years, I will always remember the times spent with her and Uncle Paul when my sister Nicole and I were young…our trip to California to see Uncle Charlie and traveling the coast from Sacramento to LA (San Francisco and Disney Land included!); our visit to New York City during Christmastime experiencing the magic of the city and the Rockettes, and visiting their home in Long Island…memories we may not have had if it were not for her and Uncle Paul. She was a great lady…a little scary at times (when you’re young and naughty, lol) and quite stern, but that was the spitfire in her and I appreciate that now. My condolensces to David and Jimmy and their famillies for their loss as I understand the heartbreak that comes with losing your mother. May you find comfort in your memories. Rest in peace, Aunt Mary. XO