Maryann G. Putnam,
age 95, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones Tuesday, October 1, 2019,
at Cedar Creek Health Campus, Lowell, Indiana.
She was born August
24, 1924, to Joseph and Louise (Musante) Garbarino in New York City.
She was preceded in
death by her husband, Alfred L. Putnam whom she married April 29, 1966.
She is survived by
her brother, David (Joan, deceased); her nieces Donna (Lee), Lisa (Bill),
Robin (Dan), and Jodi; her nephews Stephen (Dana), Robert, and Gary
(Shelley); eleven great-nieces and nephews; and seven great-great-nieces and
nephews. Preceding her in death were her sister Aurelia (Louis) and two
brothers, Angelo (Martha) and Stephen (Arlene).
A graduate of
Washington Square College, she earned a master's degree at the NYU School of
Education. She worked in and eventually ran a family import business circa
1940-1950 until joining the staff of Carrie Munn, noted NY dress designer.
She joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in
1955, where she began as a teacher in 5th and 6th grades, became math
curriculum consultant for grades K-6, and eventually taught math in the
upper school until she retired in 1988, Emerita.
Her life in Chicago
began in the Gold Coast neighborhood, where she resided at Wabash & Chicago
Avenues; she moved to Hyde Park in 1966 and lived there until she and her
husband built a home in Dune Acres, Indiana. After his death in 2004, she
lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, and returned to Chicago in 2012.
She was interred
alongside her late husband, Alfred, in a private service at Cassadaga
Cemetery, Cassadaga, NY.
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