Mary E. (Shea) Aini, of Hornell

HORNELL-Mary E. (Shea) Aini, 88, formerly of Riverside Place, passed away Sunday evening (June 20, 2021) after a long illness.

Born in Hornell on July 5, 1932 she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Helen (Rowley) Shea. On August 13, 1960 she was married at the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hornell to Joseph P. Aini, who predeceased her on February 22, 2019, after 58 years of marriage. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her brother, Thomas Shea of Elmira, NY.

A resident of Hornell for most of her life, Mary was a graduate of Hornell High School and received her RN certification from St. James School of Nursing in Hornell.

She was employed at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL and Syracuse Memorial Hospital and after her children were grown she was employed at Hornell Gardens and retired from St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.

Mary was also a caregiver to many family members and friends. Her love of the nursing profession and her faith were unsurpassed. She also dedicated her life to her husband, children and grandchildren and especially enjoyed the time she spent with them.

She was a devout communicant of the former St. Ignatius Loyola Church and St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Hornell where she was a member of the “Cleaning Crew” and also attended the Perpetual Adoration Chapel weekly.

Her loving family includes her five devoted children, Mary Helen (Chris) Hogan of Grafton, WI, Karen (Ben) Wistuk of Canisteo, NY Joseph Aini of Arkport, NY Thomas (Pam) Aini of Hornell and Patrick (Jane) Aini of Arkport, NY; three granddaughters, Mary Frances Aini, Erin Hogan and Marie Rose Aini; five grandsons, Ryan and Michael Hogan, Matthew and Patrick J. Aini and Michael Aini; two step grandchildren, Bronson and Sydney Wistuk; one sister, Eleanor “Cissy” Sullivan of Elmira, NY; one sister-in-law, Theresa Shea of Elmira, NY; two brothers-in-law, Anthony “Tony” (Kathy) Aini of Hornell and Roland Rivers of Voorheesville, NY; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are 4-6 p.m. Thursday (June 24, 2021) at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Relatives and friends are invited to join her family at St. Ann’s Church, 31 Erie Ave., Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday (June 25, 2021). Committal prayers and interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont, NY.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, NY 14843 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to assist Mary’s family with the arrangements.

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