2017-12-20 / Obituaries

Mary Cagle

Mary E. Cagle of 1 Buntline Drive, Stamford, passed away Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 95 years young, after a short illness.

Born Mary Elizabeth Callirgos on December 2, 1922 in New York City, she was the daughter and oldest child of the late Victor N. and Catherine (Vedera) Callirgos.

While working at an insurance company in NYC, and after months of discussions, she convinced her father to allow her to join the Navy. On August 14, 1943 she enlisted in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) to be part of the U.S. effort in World War II, and served in New York, Washington, D.C., and Jacksonville, Florida, among other locations. She was discharged in March of 1949 with the rank of Chief Yeoman, whereupon she re-enlisted for 2 years of inactive duty.

Beginning in 1948, Mary was on the staff of the U.S. Ambassador to Korea (in Seoul), worked with a research analyst on Wall Street, and was Office Manager for General Cable, in addition to holding significant positions at Cushman & Wakefield, Orbach’s, and Roberta Di Camerino’s. She left New York City in 1977 for Honolulu, and was self-employed for the majority of the balance of her career.

Family eventually brought her back to New York State, where she continued her lifelong avocations of sewing (she made clothes for herself, her mother and her daughter), playing music, and talking politics. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Stamford.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Alice Pisano; her grandchildren, Sergeant 1st Class Richard Pisano and Elizabeth Pisano, and their families; nephew Victor C. Callirgos, nieces Jayne McMurdy and Jodi Lussier, and dear friends Linda and Gary Michelsen.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home of Roxbury. There will be no calling hours. The funeral mass will be at Sacred Heart Church, 27 Harper Street, Stamford at noon on Saturday, December 30, 2017, immediately followed by a lunch.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans at P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301, or at www.dav.org.

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