Mary Albahary

Obituary of Mary Albahary

Mary Louise (Norton) Albahary, 82, of Rocky Hill, N.J., and Englewood Isles, Fla., died in her sleep on Wednesday, December 26, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on March 8, 1930, in Hartford, Conn., to the late Julian and Norberta (Smith) Norton and was raised in Bristol, Conn. She was a descendent of Gad Norton, who, in 1846, founded Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol, Conn., the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the United States. She graduated from Smith College, Northampton, Mass., in 1951 and, shortly thereafter, worked as a social worker for the Department of Child Welfare in New Haven, Conn., for several years. In 1954, she met her husband of 53 years, the late Robert S. Albahary, M.D., (who died in 2009), and they married two years later. They moved from Connecticut to Skillman, N.J., where Mrs. Albahary worked as psychiatric social worker for the N.J. Neuro-Psychiatric Institute in Skillman and Princeton House in Princeton. Later, she became a psychiatric social worker for Carrier Foundation in Belle Mead, N.J., where she worked for more than 20 years. In addition to being devoted to her family and friends, Mrs. Albahary had many passions in life. She was an animal lover and adored their many family pets throughout the years �" most recently, her dogs, Ruby and Amber, and her cat, Luvey. Throughout her life, she loved horses and has owned a horse since she was 12 years old. Her passion was breeding and showing Egyptian Arabian horses, and she was an active participant in many of their professional associations and horse shows. She loved to travel, ride horses, and swim. She also adored Big Band music, an interest that developed from her family connection to Lake Compounce. As a child and young adult, her family hosted and became friends with Big Band leaders such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, who performed at the amusement park during the summers. Mrs. Albahary spent many summer family vacations at "Isola Bella," the family cottage on a small island on Lake Mississagagon in Cloyne, Ontario, Canada. More recently, she escaped the cold Northeastern winters by spending time with her family at their winter home in Englewood Isles, Fla. Mrs. Albahary will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and for her sense of humor and kind heart and generous spirit that touched those who knew her. Mrs. Albahary is survived by her three children and their spouses: Scott and Doreen Albahary, Suzanne and Dante D'Amato, and David and Suellen Albahary; nine grandchildren: Ashley, Kyle, Morgan, and Parrish Albahary; Amy, Kira, and Justin D'Amato; and Serena and Elaine Albahary; her sister-in-law Carolyn Norton, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Albahary was predeceased by her brother, J. Harwood "Stretch" Norton of Bristol, Conn., in 2009. Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 47 Skillman Road, Skillman, N,J. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012, at the Lake Avenue Cemetery, Lake Avenue, Bristol, Conn. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Albahary may be made to: World Wildlife Fund by telephone at 1-800-CALL-WWF or online at Please send notification of memorial donations to: Suzanne D'Amato, 16 Maiden Lane, Bedford, N.H. 03110.
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