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Mary Norma

Mary Orlando, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, August 12, 2017, at the age of 75. Mary was a devoted mother to Elisa Kelly (Daniel), Thomas Orlando (Elise) and Joey Orlando (Kirsten). She was the beloved grandmother, aka, “My Funny” of Nathanael Kelly (Katlyn), Abigail Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Sophia Kelly, Anna Kelly, Tommy Orlando, Gio Orlando, Sam Orlando, Gabriel Orlando, and Alexis Orlando. The dear sister of Angelo Porchetta. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Elisa (Camillo) Porchetta, her husband, Thomas Orlando, and her siblings Giovanna “Jo” Ertl, Antoinette “Toni” Giamo, Gregory Porchetta and Evelyn Hilliard. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews and very dear friends. She has touched the lives of countless students as a high school English teacher and often used her teaching gifts in the church. Mary loved Jesus and she loved people, that was evident to all who knew her.

Visitation will be held Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Mercy Hill Church, 2625 S Greeley St, Milwaukee, WI 53207 from 10:00 am until the time of the Memorial Service at 12:00 pm. Memorials in Mary’s name can be made to Mercy Hill Church.

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Michael Thompson

My earliest memories of Mary include a big welcoming smile and her immediate genuine caring. I felt at home right away. You sensed the love of Jesus whenever you were around her.. I remember many hours with her on the phone and at the kitchen table where you always found a listening ear ending with healing prayer, The Orlando home provided a haven of rest, story telling and great laughs, And of course lots and lots of great food. You could stop by at any time and be welcomed in. Many New Year Eves were spent there that lasted well into the early morning hours including one huge snowstorm that kept a houseful of people overnight. Mary and Tom were up the next day making breakfast for everyone and loving every minute. Mary was indeed fun to be around. She loved Jesus with all of her heart and my life has been truly blessed having known her and all of the Orlandos.

Amy Anzia-Dodson

Hello, Elisa, Tommy and Joey , although it has only been a few years since I saw Mary and Elisa, it has probably been about 40 years since I have seen Tommy and Joey. I have only great members of our time together as children and the things our families used to do. Mary was my first role model, of someone who truly lived their faith. She always had a smile and a twinkle in her eye!! I know she battled many health issues over the years, how strong was she!! I know for certain from speaking to her, how much you and your children, her grandchildren, meant to her. She was so proud of all of you! Condolences from my Mom and I, peace and comfort. Surely Mary was the most enthusiastic person ever to enter the gates of heaven! Love, Amy Anzia-Dodson and Marilyn Anzia.

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