Mary (Connor) Panilaitis

WATERTOWN — Mary (Connor) Panilaitis, 93, of Watertown died Sunday, July 7, 2019, at Elim Park in Cheshire. She was the widow of Leo Panilaitis.

Mrs. Panilaitis was born on August 11, 1925, in Boston, Mass., daughter of the late Ralph and Leota (Lawrence) Connor. She was raised in Waterbury and was a longtime resident of Watertown and a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Oakville.

A loving and caring woman, she was devoted to her family. She enjoyed going to bingo and playing setback at the senior center and was a charter member of the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Mrs. Panilaitis is survived by her son, Leo “Spike” Panilaitis and his wife, Patricia of Virginia; four daughters, Diane Kenny and her husband, Kiernan, of Oakville, Marianne Ziel of East Haddam, Joann McGuire and her husband, Jerry, of Watertown and Pat Gold and her husband, Steve, of Cave Creek, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Cliff Tapley, Ralph Connor, Lawrence Connor and Colin Connor.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 262 Main St., Oakville. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family. The family will greet guests in the church hall from 10 a.m. until the start of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 45740, Baltimore, Md. 21297-5740.

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