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Mary F. (Ferando) Pendola

January 15, 1923 ~ April 10, 2017 (age 94)

Long-time Norwich resident Mary "Curly" (Ferando) Pendola passed away on April 10, 2017.

Born in Westerly, RI, Curly and her husband, Charlie "Butts" Pendola moved to Norwich in 1955 where they owned and operated Penny's Donuts for many years. After her husband's death in 1969, Mary, not one to stay idle, became the cheerful face of the lunch lady at Norwich Tech before she retired in 1989.

She is survived by her children, Richard Pendola of Waterford, Joyce Pendola of New York, and Betty Eccles of Bozrah. (Her daughter Charlene Day predeceased her in 2015). She enjoyed the company of her 6 grandchildren (Charlie Pendola, Robert Pendola, Sarah Eccles Mitchell, Christopher Eccles, Allia Strong, and Annie Allaire) and her 9 great grandchildren until the end. She was surrounded by her family and her wonderful caregivers when she passed away peacefully at the Apple Rehab in Watch Hill just a few miles from where she was born 94 years ago.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

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