Mary Lou Wightman, formerly of Canisteo

CANISTEO: Mary Lou Wightman, 87, formerly of Greenwood Street, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning (Feb. 25, 2015) at McAuley Manor in North Hornell where she had resided since December of 2013.


Mary Lou was born August 25, 1927 in Richburg, to Earl and Genevieve (Casey) Jennings. On November 22, 1950 in Richburg she married Vinton E. Wightman who predeceased her in May of 1987. In addition to her parents and husband Mary Lou was also predeceased by a brother Richard Jennings.


She was a graduate of the New York State Teacher’s College in Buffalo where she earned her Secondary Teaching degree. She taught in various school districts throughout her career to include Franklinville, Canisteo and Hornell. She was a member of the Buena Vista Wesleyan Church and had attended the New Hope Wesleyan Church in Hornell. She was a longtime board member and Volunteer for the Odosagih Bible Conference in Machias.


Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law: Philip and Corinne (Corky) Wightman of Rochester, a daughter Polly Bunce of Hornell, five grandchildren: Adam Bunce (Julissa Kain), Tiffany Wright, Megan Wightman (Anthony Lessard), Maxwell and Micah Wightman. One great granddaughter: Brooklyn Wright. Mary Lou is also survived by a sister: Nancy (Willard) Anderson of Jamestown, and two nieces Mary Ellen Webster and Karen Anderson and her nephew Kevin Anderson.


The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm Sunday at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 East Main St. in Canisteo, where funeral and committal services will take place immediately following calling hrs. at 3 pm. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo.


Memorial contributions in Mary Lou’s name may be made to the New Hope Wesleyan Church, 280 Grand St. Hornell, N.Y. 14843 or to the Donor’s Choice.


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