In Loving Memory of Mary Jane Pierson

May 12, 1933
Bridgeport, CT
April 16, 2020
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


A Memorial Mass will be celebated at a later date.


Family Gathering


St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place,
TN 38105

Mary Jane Pierson

Mary Jane Pierson, Dies at 86

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, died on April 16 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Mary Jane Pierson was born on May 12, 1933 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Ernest and Philomena Mastrangelo, immigrants from Campobasso, Italy. Raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut she was extremely proud of her Italian heritage. She was happiest when she was making homemade pasta with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Another favorite activity was making struffoli with family around Christmas time. She learned to crochet from her mother and used that skill to make afghans for all of her grandchildren, the colors happily reflecting those of their colleges. Mary Jane is predeceased by her parents and her sister Emily.

She graduated from Bassick High school in Bridgeport and was a 1954 graduate of the St Vincent School of Nursing in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She married Elliot Pierson in 1955. Mary Jane was a proud registered nurse, she held a long-time position as a school nurse in Westport, Connecticut, she then enjoyed roles in corporate Nursing, and ended her long nursing career at the Carolton Convalescent Home in Fairfield. She was dedicated to her profession, and to helping and caring for others. She loved relaying the stories from her time in school nursing, and one story in particular; when she asked the students, “Does anyone know what head lice are?”, the reply from one student was, “those are the things in the front of your car”. She had so many stories to tell, and so many her family will be able hold on to, and pass along.

Mary Jane enjoyed playing Bridge, golfing, and teaching her many friends at the Easton Senior Center to play dominoes, weekends on Al’s boat, and her world travels on the QE2 with her husband. She was a dedicated volunteer usher at the Quick Center, and looked after others in her neighborhood. She will be missed at a long-standing Memorial Day Picnic with her close friends. She loved the beach and especially a family tradition of having “Breakfast at the Beach”

She is survived by Elliot, her loving husband of 65 years, her three children and their spouses; Carla and Barry Frake, Ernie and Sally Jacob Pierson, and David and Mary Pierson; 8 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren, and her sister Anna Cipos. A memorial service will be held at a later date due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In lieu of flowers donations should be sent to St. Judes’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to donate online go to To offer an online condolence please visit

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9 Guestbook Entries for Mary Jane Pierson

  1. Mary Jane was a wonderful woman. She cooked great gnocchi for us and was a fine bridge player. We extend our sympathy to the Pierson family and are comforted that she is now resting in God’s arms.

  2. She was a wonderful lady. I still have the blanket she made me when I went to college. She will be missed.

  3. One of the most loving human beings I have ever been fortunate to know. God blessed us with your presence, Aunty Jane, and may you now rest in eternal peace. I love you!

  4. Carla, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember making pasta on the kitchen table. I remember coloring Easter eggs too. Your mom was a good Italian mom always good to us kids. She gave me a hearing test which I don’t think I’d pass now. Hope you are going well and being g safe. My family sends their regards especially my dad who cries when he heard. .

  5. What a great aunt! So caring and full of ideas and fun. We were geographically distant for so many years, but I always felt connected. I knew she loved me, and those members of my family… so far from each other. I miss her. But I feel her presence…

  6. I loved my baby sister. She was full of fun and mischief too! I am heartbroken, but at peace knowing her struggles are over. She was a wonderful aunt, mother, grandmother, wife and friend to many. She was a fabulous housekeeper! She would dress up in my clothes and told me about it years later…she felt guilty! She was mischievous and fun. She was my sister and I miss her.

  7. So sorry to hear of Mary Jane’s death. I have volunteered with her at the FFU Quick Center for many years. She was always a cheerful and efficient volunteer. May the joys of your happiness together keep your spirits lifted, and may ourBlessed Lord give you his gracious.blessings always.
    Phyllis Kaschub

  8. It was always such a pleasure to see Mary Jane when I ushered at the Quick Center. You will be missed.

    And Elliot, I am sorry for your loss and hope you are doing okay, considering……