Mary Kathleen Alfano
November 29, 1921 ~ October 3, 2013
Mary Kathleen Alfano, 91, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully in her sleep October 3, 2013 at NVH with her son at her side. Mary had a true pioneering spirit, love of farm life and horses. She was born November 29, 1921 to Aton Felix and Anna Marie Loser in Havre, MT while he was an employee of the Great Northern Railroad. She was the only daughter of six children. Mary was a graduate of Havre High School and excelled in handwriting and accounting. Her family later moved to the Glacier Park area for her father’s employment, but they returned to Havre and Aton died there in 1941. Her mom, Anna Marie, preceded her in death in 1972 and her brothers have now all gone on to their rest.
Mary married Francis Peter Alfano on Aug. 14th, 1954 in Great Falls, MT and they started their lives together, with Frank serving with U.S. Customs Service along the U. S.- Canadian border. Soon, they started their family. They both enjoyed horses and established Chief Mountain Arabians while at the Port of Piegan, MT, in the late 1960’s. The Alfano’s moved to our current family residence, down on the river south of Oroville, in 1970. Mary enjoyed being a housewife and mother to her three children, Mary, Stephen and John. She liked the warmer winters and beautiful Okanogan Valley summers, with the wildlife and trees down by the river. For over 40 years she raised horses and a wide variety of livestock and pets. She made her home there among her wonderful neighbors.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Francis in 1989 and son Stephen. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Francis of the Spokane Valley; and son, John of Oroville; four grandchildren, Alex J. White of El Paso, TX, Jessica M. Richardson of Oroville, WA, P. J. Richardson of Wenatchee, WA and Ricky Stembaugh of Atlanta, TX; four great-grandchildren, Baylee Richardson of Omak, Michael Griffith Richardson of Wenatchee, Valyn Richardson of Wenatchee and Logan Chase Stembaugh of Texas.
We love and miss her very much!
A Rosary service will be held at Immaculate Conception Parish at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2013, with a reception to follow. Interment will be at the Oroville Cemetery in the afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, mom would have appreciated a gift to a horse rescue organization. Mom was a cancer survivor and suffered from heart disease later in life, so a gift to help others would be a blessing. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket is in charge of arrangements.