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Mary B. Harrington, a registered nurse who helped pioneer the concept of nursing home care in Buffalo, died Saturday (Dec. 20, 1997) in her East Aurora home after a long illness. She was 90.

The former Mary Panzarella was a Buffalo native and attended local schools. She was a graduate of the former Louise Demarilac School of Nursing, now the Sisters of Charity School of Nursing, and practiced as a nurse in the area until 1954.

With her husband, the late Francis L., she opened the Harrington Nursing Home at the corner of North and Park streets in 1954. They operated the nursing home until 1975, when they both retired. Harrington died later that year, and Mrs. Harrington moved to East Aurora.

Mrs. Harrington was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in East Aurora and enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making many afghans and other items for family and friends. She kept her nursing license until 1996, although she was no longer active in the field.

Surviving are three daughters, Sister Barbara Harrington of Atlanta, Judith A. Pastore of East Aurora and Susan L. Zalewski of Bluemont, Va.; a son, Robert of Le Roy; a sister, Mary Potera; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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