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Mary Puraty

August 20, 1933 ~ May 8, 2022 (age 88)


Mary J. Puraty, 88, of Newbern, Tennessee, formerly of Akron, Ohio, joined her

Heavenly Father peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at AHC of Union City

in Union City, Tennessee.


Mary will be remembered as a selfless individual who was always full of enthusiasm and

optimism no matter what she was doing, which drew people to her. Mary loved people

and never met a stranger, making lifelong friends wherever she went (even at

Walmart!) and inviting people along in the journey of life. Mary was born on August 20,

1933 in Czechoslovakia, one of six children of the late John Jasko and the late Joanne

Cani Jasko. At the age of 3, her family moved to Akron, Ohio to escape the looming war

in Europe. After a one-year return to their native Czechoslovakia when Mary was

around 14, the Jasko family decided to return to Ohio and permanently settle there –

their beloved homeland having been altered too much by the war.


In 1955, Mary married David G. Puraty of Akron, Ohio after a short six-week courtship.

They would be married 66 years and together they had four children: Dan, David,

Dianne and Tina. While Mary will fondly be remembered by many for the lasting

relationships she had with them; many will also remember her for the many years of

service as the church secretary for Newbern First United Methodist Church in Newbern,

Tennessee. There, she shared her prominent soprano voice as part of the church choir;

a gift she also shared with the Dyersburg Choral Society. And while her voice declared

the Lord’s praises, many at Newbern First United Methodist Church will remember Mary

for being the first to welcome you like an old friend.


Mary’s children and grandchildren have fond memories of shopping trips, card games,

cross-stitching and baking Slovak cookies at Christmas time – a treat her family and

friends eagerly looked forward to beginning in October. Mary was the sunshine of their

life and although the world is a little less bright today without her, Mary is lighting up the

pathway to heaven with her sparkling soprano voice, resting after a life well-lived and a

lifelong journey of service to others.


A Celebration of Life service for Mary will be held at 12Noon on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

at Newbern First United Methodist Church with Rev. Travis Davison and Rev. Tyler Neeley officiating.

Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern, Tennessee. The family will

receive visitors ahead of the Celebration of Life service beginning at 11a.m.


Mary leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 66 years, David; two sons, Dan

Puraty of White Bear Lake Township, Minnesota, and David Puraty (Joanna) of

Dyersburg, Tennessee; two daughters Dianne Davison (Joe) of Dyersburg, Tennessee

and Tina Puraty of Clearwater, Florida; one sister, Goldie Rininger of Copley, Ohio; four

grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was

preceded in death by her brothers, John Jasko and George Jasko and sisters, Joanne

Murawski and Susie Jerep.


The family asks that memorial contributions be directed to the Dyer County Community

Cancer Fund, P.O. Box #1055, Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024.


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May 17, 2022

12:00 PM
Fairview Cemetery - Newbern

Celebration of Life
May 17, 2022

12:00 PM
Newbern First United Methodist Church
107 West Main Street
Newbern, TN 38059

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