ROCKLAND — Mary Kallet died July 27, 2021, at Cedarhurst Senior Living in Bloomington, Ind. She was 96 years old and, for many years, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

From the mid-1990s through 2008, Mary lived in Rockland. She was born March 13, 1925, in Peoria, Ill., the eldest of Leah Hughes and Leonard Renfer’s four children.

Mary loved high school, where she performed in school plays and worked for the local newspaper. She served in the U.S. Navy (WAVES) in 1945 and, thanks to the G.I. bill, was able to attend the University of Massachusetts. She was married to William “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, with whom she had a son Kevin, and then to Arthur Kallet, with whom she had two daughters, Cindy and Lisa.

She later went on to receive her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University and for 20 years was the associate director of the Westchester (N.Y.) Association for Retarded Citizens, now called The Arc Westchester.

After retiring, she continued to sing in choruses, do the daily N.Y. Times crossword puzzle, read, swim, listen to music, play Scrabble and spend time with her beloved grandsons.

Mary is survived by her son Kevin Fitzpatrick; daughters Cindy Kallet and Lisa Kallet; sons-in-law Jack Kroll and Grey Larsen; and grandsons Arthur Woody Blodgett, Gabriel Blodgett, David Fitzpatrick and Shawn Fitzpatrick. Her former son-in-law, John Blodgett, also remained important to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; step-son Tony Kallet; three siblings Barbara Ann Renfer, Leonard Renfer and Ada Mae McKeehan, and many of her dearest friends.

There will be no memorial service, but if you wish to make a gift in Mary’s name, consider a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center or the Alzheimer’s Association.