Mary Anne Byrne, resident of Escondido, died peacefully in her home in Escondido, with family at her side, on July 6, 2019, two months short of her 102nd birthday.
Mrs. Byrne was born on September 5, 1917 in Rochester, New York to Herbert George Hartman and Anna Christina (Baierl) Hartman. She was the oldest of five siblings, all of whom preceded her in death. Mary graduated from Mercy High School in Rochester, in 1935, after which she attended business college.
In 1940, she met the love of her life, John William Byrne, and they were married on June 21, 1941. For the next 26 years, Mary and John enjoyed a wonderful marriage and were loving parents to four children: John (d.2018), Thomas (d.2019), Suzanne and Andrew. On November 11, 1967 at age 50, Mrs. Byrne’s life took a dramatic turn when her husband John passed away suddenly, at age 52, of a heart attack.
The following year, she returned to the business world, working for Eastman Kodak in Rochester until she retired in 1980, and relocated to the San Diego area to be near her oldest son John and family. In 1981, she returned to work at General Dynamics, where she worked until retiring again in 1993. Her passions were diverse and mostly centered upon her family, volunteering, and her strong Catholic faith. Mrs. Byrne very much enjoyed volunteering at Old Town State Park in San Diego, where she edited the “Poppy Paper” state park newsletter for many years; the Old Globe Theater; the San Diego Natural History Museum, and part-time work for the Census Bureau and the San Diego Visitor and Convention Bureau.
In 2015, she moved to Escondido, residing at the Westmont Town Court senior living community, where she avidly took up poetry, offering her unique, warm views on life. Mary is survived by her daughter Suzanne (Byrne) Schneider and son-in-law George Schneider of Manteca, California; youngest son Andrew Byrne of Bellingham, Washington; daughter-in-law Kay (Beach) Byrne (widow of John H. Byrne) of Escondido; daughter-in-law Brenda (Kahn) Byrne, widow of Thomas J. Byrne, of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren Kurt, Dustin, Justin, Casey, Ryan, Thomas, David, Heather, and Alexandra; eight great-grandchildren; nephew Walt Popen and siblings; and several other nieces and nephews around the country.
A Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, August 19, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 1445 Conway Dr., Escondido, with interment in Rochester next to her beloved late husband, John. The family suggests donations to the Elizabeth Hospice or the charity of one’s choice.