Mary V. Traverse, “The Pie Lady”

Mary V. Traverse, 86, died Feb. 9, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Burlington, March 23, 1932, daughter of Frederick and Irene (Bryant) Gary.

Mary was a cook at the Loretto Home, Christ the King Rectory, Burnham Hollow, Bagel Café and Olivia’s Market. She was known as “The Pie Lady”.

She was Foster Parent of the Year in 1992.

She was a member of St. Alphonsus Church in Pittsford.



Family Information

Surviving are her family members, Patrick G. Traverse and wife Pamela, Erin S. Traverse and wife Patti, Alfred T. Traverse and wife Sherri, Edward J. Traverse and wife Roxana, Robin E. Hanfield and husband William Sr., Valerie L. Rowe and husband Jeremy, Patricia A. Traverse, Jessica L. Traverse; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother Louis.

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Mary E. Howard

Mary, our favorite pie maker ( don’t tell my mother in-law) was such a delight. She had a joyous and giving heart. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to her family ❤️🌹

Anne Lezak

It was always such a treat to pick up one of Mary’s almost endless choices of pies at Burnham Hollow. My favorite was “All-d-berry” – Yep, all kinds of berries, in her delectable crust. Wonderful memories of a Mendon treasure!

Tammy Marie Davis

I’m so sorry to hear about this beautiful human being! She made many friends Amd many smiles. Your presence on EARTH was great but your job now in HEAVEN baking PIES for the LORD will be greater! Thank you for the great pies Amd gift of food while you were here Mary!

Gail Holmes

Our family morned the day Mary retired. She always reminded me about the wonderful things in life. Will never forget her loving and happy spirits no matter what the weather would bring. She made the world a better place for all she came across! Blessings to her family!