Mary Rose Henning, 89, of Jamestown, transitioned to her heavenly home on March 28, 2022, at Heritage Green Rehabilitation Center.
She was born on June 9, 1932 in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania to Arthur F. and Mae Foux Perry. She moved to Jamestown as a teenager and attended Jamestown Public Schools.
She worked for National Worsted Mills in her late teens. She was a waitress at La Maison de Petillo for many years. Additionally, she particularly enjoyed being a producer and host of the WJTN Saturday Morning Breakfast Party for over 50 years.
Mary has always had a passion for roller skating. She became a nationally licensed professional roller skater with the Roller Skating Association of America, earning bronze, silver, and gold bars in dance competition. She taught skating all over Western New York and Pennsylvania, making countless friends along the way.
In her later years, she applied her passion and talent for roller skating to developing and coaching a local Special Olympics Roller Skating chapter. She has always been particularly proud to tell how “his” athletes participated in local, national and international competitions.
She also enjoyed playing golf after learning the game around the age of 65. She participated in the Special Olympics golf program until last summer at the age of 89.
Mary was a woman of faith who attended Celeron United Methodist Church and First Covenant Church. She was a member and past president of the Optimist Club. She also belonged to the local Zonta Club and the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club Auxiliary. For many years, Grandma Mary was a blessing to students in the Jamestown Public School System as a foster grandparent volunteer.
Mary’s compassion and her belief that adults and children with special needs could achieve great things won her the Special Olympics Special Friend Award in 1992; the T. Richard Parker Award for Social Justice from the Unitarian Church of Jamestown in 1995; the DeWitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service from Mount Moriah, No. 145, in 1996; and Jamestown Zonta Club Woman of the Year in 2002.
She is survived by her four children: Deborah (Eric) Bolling of Jamestown, Lawrence Nowell (Arlene Cieslewicz) of Buffalo, Margaret (George) Coulter of Frewsburg and Darlene O’Connor of Jamestown; five grandchildren: Andrew (Suzanne) Bolling of Burnt Hills, NY, Lauren (Jared) Runkel and Meredith (Jordan) Obaker of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Mathew Godfrey and Jamie O’Connor of Cape Coral, Florida; eight great-grandchildren: Jackson, Nicholas and Timothy Bolling of Burnt Hills; Deborah Ruth, Hattie and Willa Obaker and August and Henry Runkel of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by three husbands: Lawrence Nowell, Frank Ceci and James Henning; one sister: Margaret LaPlaca; and three brothers: Harold, George and Arthur Perry.
Mary will be fondly remembered for her love of bringing family and friends together for parties and birthday parties. She loved spending time with her loved ones.
As a final act of generosity, Mary donated her remains to the University at Buffalo’s anatomical donation program. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no memorial service or visiting hours.
Memorials may be made to the Evelyn D. Fisher, Jim E. and Mary R. Henning Fund (benefiting Special Olympics Chautauqua County) c/o Chautauqua Region Community Foundation located at 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701