Mary Ann Aranyosi passed away at her home in North Woodstock, NH on November 19, 2023, with her daughter and her three sons by her side. Mary was born to Edward Hlinak and Therese Marie (O’Keefe) Hlinak on December 27, 1932. She was the wife of the late Alexander J. Aranyosi; they were married on November 21, 1964.
Mary knew from a very young age that she intended to be a nurse. She was concerned for those children who didn’t know what they wanted to be since she felt it was important to have a life purpose and she was very secure in hers. Mary graduated from the College of St. Theresa in Winona, Minnesota with a Bachelors in nursing and began her career, but learned that she needed to pursue additional certifications to be able to teach; she continued at Marquette and later through an NIH grant at Catholic University in Washington DC, where she honed her skills and acquired a Masters in Nursing, laying the foundation for a remarkable career dedicated to healing and caring for others. As part of her Masters Internship, Mary had the opportunity to work with Dr. Albert Sabin in the initial clinical trials for the oral polio vaccine which were delivered in Washington DC. She also did her Masters thesis on comparing disaster responses across hospitals throughout the United States. Her commitment to eradicating disease and improving healthcare left an indelible mark on countless lives. In sharing her passion with others, Mary decided to become an educator and began teaching students entering their studies in nursing. Although she was shy by nature and found teaching challenging at first, her passion for the subject soon overcame her shyness and she found her lessons so fulfilling that they often exceeded the time allocated.
Later in her career, when computers began to be used in the workplace, Mary jumped in with both feet, learning the operating system and teaching others in the office where she worked, before becoming so proficient that she was able to use the computer to optimize systems that had previously taken several workers to complete.
In her free time, Mary found joy in reading. She had an insatiable appetite for fantasy and mystery novels, losing herself in thrilling narratives that sparked her imagination. She was also a talented seamstress and expert needleworker. Her nimble fingers brought forth creations through knitting, needlepoint, and beadwork. Mary channeled her talents into making prayer shawls, offering comfort to grieving families during their most challenging moments. Her generosity knew no bounds, and the beauty she brought into the world will be missed.
She is predeceased by her parents, Edward and Therese, and her husband, Alexander Aranyosi.
She is survived by her four children and four grandchildren.
A visitation for Mary will be held at the St. Joseph Church at 25 Church St, Lincoln, NH 03251 on Tuesday November 28, 2023, beginning at 10AM. Following the visitation, a Mass of Christian Burial will take place beginning at 11AM and ending at 12PM. Family and friends are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Doctors Without Borders: https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/secure/donate.