Mary Pfersick Capuana, 101, of Washington Court House, Ohio passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 3:35 p.m. at Court House Manor where she had lovingly been residing since November 20, 2014.

Mary was born November 25, 1919, in Nashville, TN to Percy Golden and Beulah Gardner Cunningham.  She spent her childhood in Nashville, graduating from East High School and first working for Cain-Sloan Department Store and later working for the U.S. government as an accounting clerk at the Nashville Air Force Base.  She moved to Washington Court House in 1947, when she married Dr. Charles M. Pfersick, a local dentist.

She had formerly worked at the Martha Washington Dress Shop and Calmar and was a secretary at the Washington Middle School from 1976 to 1986.

Mary was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and loved working at the church’s rummage sales.  She was a member of The Twenty Club, the Washington Lioness Club and had been a volunteer with the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  She enjoyed playing bridge; sewing, especially making clothes (from Easter outfits to prom dresses) for her daughters; cross-stitching quilts; cooking (She was known for her pies and famous macaroni and cheese) and traveling, especially to New England to purchase antiques.  She found great joy in telling stories and making those around her laugh.  Her lifetime legacy was “Always keep your candy dish full!”

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband and father of her children, Dr. Charles M. Pfersick on Nov. 17, 1975; her second husband, Anthony J. Capuana on Feb. 14, 1990; a step-son, Peter M. Pfersick in 2005; a son-in-law, Frank Paces in 2003, and a sister, Jean Reynolds in 2015.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Donna Kelley and her husband, Dan, of Washington Court House and Polly Paces of Round Rock, TX; her grandchildren and their spouses, Cameron and Sandra Kelley of Cincinnati, Cory and Katherine Kelley of Franklin, TN,  Kyler and Sarah Kelley of Washington Court House, Ryan and Jamie Paces of Dallas, TX and Shannon Paces of Austin, TX; six great granddaughters, Caroline, Kennedy, McKinley, Clara and Charley Mae Kelley and Hayden Paces and a great grandson, Cooper Kelley, all who gave great joy and love to their great-grandmother in her final years.

A public visitation will be held Monday, March 29, 2021, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.  Immediately following the visitation, a private family graveside service will be held at the Washington Cemetery with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 116 Morris Road, Circleville, Ohio  43113.

Mary’s family extends its heartfelt thanks to Dr. Reno and nurses and staff at Court House Manor and Heartland Hospice for their love and concern and exceptional care they provided Mary.


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