Mary C. Paiva (nee Kolakowski) passed away on July 7, 2017. She was 74. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. she lived many years in Kearny before moving to So. Carolina. Memorial visitation will be on Thursday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Armitage Wiggins Funeral Home 596 Belgrove Drive, Kearny.
Mary loved quilting and had many quilting friends. She was happiest while shopping The QVC network. She retuned to college in her 40's and earned a Masters Degree while rising through the ranks at the YMCA Retirement Fund in NYC. Eventually retiring as a supervisor.
Mary was the wife of Richard Paiva, mother of Susan Sant'Ana (Julian), sister of Carol Rickard, Martin and Peter Kolakowski and the late Edward Kolakowski. She was also the grandmother of Steven Tyler Sant'Ana and the late Stacy Lauren Sant'Ana.
In lieu of flowers kindly consider a donation to The American Heart Association, The Diabetes Foundation or The make a Wish Foundation.