Mary Cremonese Rush

Mary Cremonese Rush
PORTLAND - Mary Cremonese Rush died Nov. 23, 2017, with her children by her bedside.
Born in Portland, she was the eldest daughter of Joseph Cremonese and Domenica (Nicolai) Cremonese.
After grad-uation from Portland High School, Mary worked at Loring Short and Harmon and later became a teacher aide in the Portland school system. She began her career at North School and later moved on to Hall School, where she made many lifelong friends.
Mary volunteered for the USO during World War II, and during that time she met her future husband, James Paul Rush.
Mary was a member of the Smooth Steppers dance club, where she was an accomplished dancer. She was a lifetime member of The Italian Heritage Club and St. Peter's Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association, and her local book club. She was an avid Scrabble player and enjoyed oil painting and cribbage. Mary continued solving the daily cryptoquip well into her 94th year.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, James Paul Rush; her brother, John Cremonese; her sister, Elizabeth Senechal; and her grandson, Taylor Gray Johnson, of Scottsdale, Ariz.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Rush Brown, and her husband Joe Brown, of Queen Creek, Ariz.; son, Peter Rush, of Monterey, Calif.; daughter, Elizabeth Rush Axelsen, and her husband Douglas Axelsen, of Old Orchard Beach; and daughter, Joanna Rush, of Portland. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and four great-great- grandchildren. Mary also leaves behind her dear friend, Mary Salamoni, of Portland.
Following her wishes, there will be no service. Burial will be private. To share a memory or condolence, please visit:

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 30, 2017