Obituary of Anita L. Brown
Mrs. Anita L. Brown, 70, of N. Utica, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at Wynn Hospital with her loving family by her side.
Anita was born in Utica on August 20, 1953, the daughter of Charles H., Jr. and Pasqualina (Lee) (Salamino) Paul. She was raised and educated in Utica, graduating from John F. Kennedy High School. Anita continued her education at SUNY Poly where she earned her bachelor’s degree and later her master’s degree in business administration. On February 23, 1974, Anita was united in marriage with Peter Brown at St. Peter’s Church, a loving and devoted union of 49 years. She worked in the marketing field for over 30 years at businesses ranging from banking to not-for-profit to manufacturing. Recently retired, she spent the last 18 years of her career working at Indium Corporation, rising to the role as Associate Director for Marketing Communications. In addition to her work, Anita was an active volunteer in the community for most of her life, taking on leadership roles with organizations such as the SUNY Poly Foundation, NYCREATES, the YWCA, Rotary International, The House of Good Shepherd, and the United Way. She participated in the Ride for Missing Children for 10 years. Anita was recognized by the YWCA with the Salute to Outstanding Women’s Business and Industry Award, the Dean’s Award from the SUNY IT School of Business, the Women in Business Award from the Mohawk Valley Business Journal, and the Follow the Leader Award from Leadership Mohawk Valley. She was a three-time Paul Harris Fellow and hosted Rotary Exchange students from Venezuela, Mexico, Poland, and Chile – all of whom continue to be part of her extended family.
Anita especially enjoyed travel, exploring the world on cruises with her beloved husband Peter and their extended “family.” She was also an active member of Historic Old St. John’s Church and loved serving her parish community in any way possible. Anita’s greatest joy was spending time with her beloved family and especially her cherished grandchildren, whom she truly adored.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her beloved husband, Peter; her mother, Lee Paul of Syracuse; two loving children, Patricia Marashian of N. Utica and Robert and Michelle Brown of New Hartford; four cherished grandchildren, Abby, Leah, Adam and Sira; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Elizabeth Paul of N. Utica, Charles, III and Kathy Paul of FL, and Richard and Marie Paul of Syracuse; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Christine Peczeli of New Mexico, Janice Lynch of MA, Charles and Barbara Brown of Utica, and Kathy TenEyck of Clinton; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends, especially Cindy Shobe, Rick and Linda Guy, and Mary Lou Mazza. She was predeceased by her father Charles Paul, Jr.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Anita’s funeral Mass of Christian burial on Friday, December 29, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Historic Old St. John’s Church in Utica. She will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum in Yorkville at the convenience of the family. Visitation for family and friends is Thursday, December 28th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Outreach Ministries of Historic St. John’s Church in Anita’s memory.
Mrs. Brown’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and staff on the 8th floor west and ICU at Wynn Hospital for the loving care and compassion you provided to Anita and her family.
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