Maryanna (Poochie) Stenta, 77, peacefully entered into eternal life on May 30th, 2021 surrounded by her loving family at home. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Stenta, and her parents John and Marion Mastronardi. Also gone before her were her in-laws Corradino and Arianella Stenta, her infant sister-in-law Lucia Stenta, her brothers-in law Elvio Capozzi and Antonio Cipolla, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and Godchildren.
Poochie is survived by her loving and devoted daughters Teresa and Dana Stockton, Alicia Mastronardi and Kevin Moriarty. She is also survived by her five beautiful grandchildren Tashianna, Alexandra and Katarina Stockton, Dante and Anthony Mastronardi. Sisters-in-law Filomena Capozzi and Carl Wilson, Maria Lucia Cipolla and brother-in-law Tony and Clare Anne Stenta. Numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren including best friends Sharon and Lou Galli, Pat Ronk and Barbara and Jack McGoldrick. Maryanna was an only child and because of this, she viewed many of her closest cousins as brothers and sisters. She was predeceased by her cousins Pete (Bongo) Mastro, Vince (Vinny) Mendolia, Joseph (Sonny) Mastronardi and Angelo (Corkey) Mastronardi. Surviving cousins, Gail Dattoria, Shirley Mastro, Dee Buckland and so many others.
Born in Binghamton NY in 1943, Maryanna got her lifelong nickname from her Uncle Steve because she adored his dog “Poochie”. She graduated from Binghamton North High School in 1961 and was proud of her alma mater where she developed many lifelong friendships. After graduation, she worked for a short time at IBM Owego before starting work at Susquehanna Valley Junior High School as the Main Office secretary for over 30 years. She had many student “helpers” over the course of those years. The work experiences those students received from Maryanna would carry on throughout their adult lives. Countless times years later, these same students would see her and thank her for all she had done for them. There was not a name or face that she would forget, especially when it came to her former students. She was always excited to catch up with them about their lives and families. While working at the school, she also built close relationships with her coworkers that she viewed as family.
Poochie was a loving and devoted daughter who took on the role of caregiver to her parents later on in their lives. She accepted this role willingly as God’s servant here on earth caring for her husband when he became ill. Her role as a servant to God continued on as she provided love and caring to her daughters and grandchildren. She was very selfless and one who ALWAYS put others first. She went out of her way to make everyone around her feel special and accepted and her smile and personality would instantly make you love her. Poochie was an extremely devout Catholic who would always pray for all of those in need to the Blessed Mother, for whom she was named after along with Saint Ann. Her mindset was, “everything will be OK, I have faith – the Blessed Mother will protect you”. Her family and friends were her lifeline. She was so proud to be a part of her large extended family. She would frequently reminisce about all the good times she had growing up with them. But most of all, spending time with her grandchildren was the most important thing in her life. They were God’s gift to her and the light of her life. Dana and Kevin always gave her their unconditional love and were with her every step of the way through her long, hard journey. The family would also like to thank everyone who reached out to her during the fight for her life. She was very touched by all the cards, food, gifts, messages, flowers and calls, it meant the world to her. We are confident that Maryanna passed into Gods loving hands knowing she was loved by so many.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10am on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Binghamton. The family will receive family and friends on Wednesday at the church from 9:15am until 9:45am. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Susquehanna Valley Dollars for Scholars Program: The Maryanna Stenta Scholarship Fund.
SV Dollars for Scholars
PO Box 382
Conklin, NY 13748
Atten: Maryanna Stenta Scholarship Fund in Memo line
“Don’t cry, I’ll be happy…” Poochie
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