Mary Ann Whittemore

August 19, 1926 - February 6, 2021
Mary Ann Whittemore

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Mary Ann Whittemore, 94, formerly of Johnson City, New York, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2021 at The Davis Community in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Mary Ann was born Aug. 19, 1926, in Binghamton, New York, the daughter of the late Simon and Mary Tokarchik. She had one brother, Lawrence (Larry) Tokarchik, who passed away in 2015. She graduated from Johnson City High School. Over the years, she has resided in Binghamton, Johnson City, and Endwell, New York. Recently, she moved to Raleigh and then to Wilmington, North Carolina, where her family resides.

Mary Ann married her husband, Charles (Chuck) M. Whittemore, love of her life, on November 20, 1948 at St. Anne’s in Binghamton, NY. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1987. As a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mary Ann enjoyed her family and all their activities. She was a faithful attendee at their school and sports activities, and was certainly their number one fan. She also particularly enjoyed summer vacations with the family on the New Jersey shore and occasional visits to New York City to see Broadway shows.

Mary Ann was a devout member of the Catholic Church. After her husband died, she joined church group tours, and traveled to Italy, where she visited the Vatican. She also traveled to the Holy Land, including Jerusalem.

Mary Ann enjoyed reading good books and playing the piano, especially a rendition of Star Dust. She also played golf, often reminding her family that she had made a hole in one. She loved good food, especially spiedies and pierogies prepared from family recipes, and rigatoni with red sauce from Little Venice in Binghamton. Her love of chocolate and ice cream was particularly popular with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her two sons, Charles L. Whittemore (Susan) of Lafayette, Indiana, and Michael R. Whittemore (Mary) of Leland, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Matthew Whittemore (Lauren) of Knightdale, Sarah Mooring of Wilmington, Charles Nicholas Whittemore of Estes Park, CO, and Kate Whittemore of New York City, NY. Great grandchildren include Cameron Mooring, Hali Mooring, and Henry Whittemore.

No service is planned at this time. Burial will be at Slovak Catholic Cemetery, Binghamton, New York. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  • February 09, 2021
    Jim and Lorie Duffy says:
    We always loved every opportunity of seeing Mary Ann, always Mrs. Whittemore to us. It was always very apparent how much she loved her Sons, Daughters-in-Law and Grandchildren. And she had a way of making you feel special because you were friends of her son. Our deepest sympathies to Mike and the whole Whittemore Family at Mary Ann’s passing.

  • February 09, 2021
    Esther Lexa says:
    Mike , I only met your mom once but I thought she was a sweet lady. We talked & she said she went to school with my Aunt Esther. My prayers are with you & Mary that you will find peace in your many happy memories.

  • February 09, 2021
    Bob Tokarchik says:
    I will always remember my trip with my aunt Mary Ann from/to Raleigh and Endicott. I recall reinstating the fact that she was always my favorite aunt. We would both laugh knowing that she was my 'only' aunt. Rest in peace aunt Mary Ann, and keep a watchful eye on my dad up there.

  • February 09, 2021
    Doug & Mary Woods says:
    Mike, Mary and I offer our condolences on the passing of your Mom. I know getting all of you together in Wilmington was very important for your family and thankfully you had some quality time with her. Regards to your entire family.

  • February 09, 2021
    Diane Haddon says:
    Memories are wonderful and I know you all will keep them dear to you of Mary Ann. At Davis Community you three walked down to say hello to us and my mom as she was in the rehab unit at the time. It was a delight to meet your Mom and she made my mom feel at ease knowing what it was like at Davis. Thank you! Later on we met each other on walks outside enjoying the sunshine. What a treat it was to meet your Mom, a lovely lady! God bless Mary Ann and to your family at this time of sadness. Rejoice as she is in Heaven with God and many loved ones. Hugs~Di &. Chap Haddon, Southport, NC