Mary Annette Rini-Peebler
November 14, 1923 – November 6, 2018
Mary Granata was born November 14, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio, the fourth of five children to Antonio S. Granata and Concetta Tortorici Granata, who both immigrated from Sicily. Mary's siblings were: Annette, Tony, Jean, and younger brother Joe. Mary attended Paul Revere Elementary School, Nathan Hale Junior High School, and John Adams High School. Mary enjoyed school, music, and art. She sang in the church choir, and danced Friday nights at Holy Family Catholic Church dances.
When WWII started, and the boys from high school left for the military, Mary proudly corresponded for four years with 8 friends stationed overseas. During that time, she worked at Franklin Simon Department store.
When Mary's brother, Joe, was in the Navy, he became friends with another sailor from Cleveland, Mario James Rini, Jr., "Marty". Marty took one look at Mary's picture in Joe's wallet, and wanted to date Joe's sister as soon as he returned home. Marty and Mary met in 1945, fell in love, and were married on April 24, 1946. Their daughter, Annette Claudia, was born on May 14, 1947, and their son, Mario Joseph was born on March 23, 1953.
During the 1950's, Marty and Mary were business partners with Mary's sister Annette and her husband Nick Paradise, owning a produce store, "Nick and Rini's". Mary often worked in the store alongside Marty.
After visiting family who had moved to Southern California, Mary and Marty decided to move, also. They settled in Burbank, California in June, 1959, joined St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and were active for many years in the Italian Catholic Federation. Mary loved raising her children, sewing beautifully, cooking Italian foods, baking delicious pies, and singing in the church choir.
However, life changed after Marty died of a sudden heart attack on January 3, 1979. Mary returned to work. She worked for the City of Burbank, first in Personnel, then in the Library, and then for the Purchasing Department, which she especially enjoyed. She made many new friends, and began to travel.
One day, Mary called a friend from church to help her fix a broken garage door. Her friend, William Charles Peebler, "Bill", was the chief electrician at Dodger Stadium. Bill's spouse, Martha, had also passed away. As Bill and Mary spent more time together, their friendship grew to love, and they married on January 12, 1985. In May, 1985 Mary retired from the City of Burbank. Always a baseball fan, Mary happily accompanied Bill at Dodger games. They also enjoyed vacations and travel together.
In December, 1991, after Bill retired, Mary and Bill moved to West Linn, Oregon where daughter Annette and her family had relocated. Mary cherished time shared with her children, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, especially when family visited from California. Mary and Bill joined Resurrection Catholic Parish, and also supported and participated in many West Linn Lions Club community activities.
Mary's kindness, generosity, and love for her family and friends will be long remembered. She is survived by her husband, William Peebler of West Linn, Or.; children Annette (Marvin) Baecker of West Linn, Or., and Mario J. (Paula) Rini III of Los Altos, Ca.; and step-daughters Karen Jensen of Sloughhouse, Ca., and Diana (Tim) Peebler Neprawa of Danville, Ca.; 8 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren; and brother Joseph Granata of Solon, Ohio.
Interment will be at the San Fernando Valley Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 10:00AM at the Ressurection Parish Catholic Church. A committal service will take place on Thursday November 15, 2018 at the San Fernando Mission Hills Cemetery in Mission Hills, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Housecall Providers Hospice program at www.housecallproviders.org, or, by check, to the hospice program at Housecall Providers, 5100 SW Macadam Ave., Ste. 200, Portland, OR 97229