The following obituary was submitted by the family of Mary Ann Griffin Alioto.
Mary Ann (Griffin) Alioto, 77, of Sag Harbor died peacefully at home on Dec. 20 after a long battle with lung cancer. She is survived by her second husband of 25 years Vincent.
She was born in Brooklyn on March 19, 1936, to Mary and Joseph Paulinski. Mary Ann became the big sister to Jeanette (Nilsson) and Joseph as they lived their childhood on the Northside.
Mary Ann retired from Southampton (Todds) Nursing Home where she worked with her future daughter-in-law Rosemary in the Recreation Department. A devoted grandmother to Michaela and Sean Griffin, and Erin Connolly-Griffin, she loved to spoil them with gifts and crafts she made. She cherished the time she spent with them and her family during trips and holidays.
As a resident of Sag Harbor and Southampton over many years, Mary Ann touched the heart of many people. She truly cared about the lives of everyone she knew. The care and concern her fiends showed her toward the end of her life was heart warming and her family is eternally grateful to everyone.
Mary Ann was the wife of the late Harry D. Griffin and is preceded in death by her first born son, Terrance Griffin. She is survived by her sons John Griffin and his wife Rosemary, Timothy Griffin, her best friend and sister Jeanette Nilsson, as well as many nieces and nephews and their families.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, at O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. A private burial will follow in the spring.
Donations in Mary Ann’s name may be made to: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.