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Rachel Marrano, 93, matriarch of leading home building family

June 17, 1924 – Aug. 6, 2017

Rachel Marrano, matriarch of the Buffalo area's leading home building family, died Sunday in her Lancaster home. She was 93.

Born in Buffalo, the former Mary Rachel Sebastiano grew up in the Lovejoy neighborhood and married Pasquale “Pat” Marrano in 1943. He and his five brothers founded Marrano Construction Co., now Marrano/Marc Equity Corp., in 1956.

A longtime Lancaster resident, she was a homemaker and the mother of three. She was a member of the Niagara Frontier Builders Association Women’s Auxiliary and a former member of the Lancaster Country Club and the Transit Valley Country Club.

Mrs, Marrano had a passion for cooking and specialized in Italian dishes. She was a member of a gourmet cooking group and enjoyed collecting and sharing recipes. She also loved to follow and discuss politics and was an avid bridge player.

She was a devoted fan of Notre Dame football and the Buffalo Bills.

Her husband died in 2006.

Survivors include two sons, Patrick and Michael; a daughter, Annette Hughes; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 5336 Genesee St., Bowmansville.

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