S. YARMOUTH - Mary Rella, age 94, passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Her husband of 54 years, Joseph, predeceased her in 2006. Mary was born on November 27, 1923. Her parents, Vera and Samuel Kiseluck raised Mary in New York, where she received her degree at Hunter College in Bio-Chemistry. Mary was a woman before her time. She contributed to the war effort by working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a Wave. She moved on devoting her career to Pfizer for cancer research as a bio-chemist. She found adventures in everything, from the geysers in Yellowstone National Park to the lady slippers on Cape Cod.
Mary married Joseph Rella in May of 1951. They settled in Cresskill, NJ and raised three children: Elaine, Peter and Dianne. Family was so important that she found time with her career to fit in being a scout leader for the girl scouts and a trail blazer for her family. From vacationing on Cape Cod to finally retiring in South Yarmouth, Mary showed her talents in creating various recipes for all the clams she raked up on the shores of the Cape, to the rhubarb she grew in her garden.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Elaine Hughes of Novato, CA with her husband Paul, son, Peter of Sedona, AZ with his wife Wendy, and daughter Alina and her daughter Dianne from New Jersey. Mary was a grandmother to Peter, Luke, Samantha, Jaclyn and Alina, along with their spouses Jennifer, Karla Anne, Jeff, and Mike, and great-grandmother of 13: Jubilee, Hosanna, Wisdom, Berean, Rayma, Faithful, Hudson Joe, Lawson, Savannah, Hunter, Paige Grace and Avery.
She will be remembered with unbounding love by all. Through her final months she had the love and devotion from special earth angels: Sheena Adams, Renee Marcum, Linda Kussy, Candice Herandez, and Sarah Coveney and the ladies from Beacon Hospice and the hearts from Heartful Home Care Services.
Friends and relatives may call at the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., S. Yarmouth, MA on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 10:00am - 12:00pm with a service at noon, followed by a burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 2:00pm.