Mary Jane Briggs

MANSFIELD, New York — Mary Jane Briggs (nee Putala), 60, the toughest, sweetest, and most inspiring woman, was welcomed into heaven on July 24, 2018.

Mary was a passionate animal advocate and activist who participated in numerous marches, including the first Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sigrid and Arthur Putala; her brothers, Robert and Ronald Putala; and other friends and family members.

She is loved and missed dearly by her husband and soul mate, Bruce Briggs; her daughters, Jennifer, Ellen (Joseph) and Tina (Drew); her granddaughter, Magdalena; her siblings, Roselyn Kent, Rachel (Tom) Krueger, Connie (Daniel) Burke and Brian (Vicki) Putala; her mother- in-law, Shirley Briggs; her sisters-in-law, Lynne Ornes, Jenise Personeni, Tracy Gonzalez and Nancee Briggs-March; and several nieces and nephews.

Although the hole left by Mary’s departure is unbearably large, her family takes comfort in observing the wildlife and beautiful flowers that Mary taught us to enjoy. We love you more than words can say.

A memorial service, with Pastor Arvo Onermaa to officiate, will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018, at 1 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, 400 Ingot Street, Hancock.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service on Monday, August 13, 2018, in the church.

Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.

Mary’s family asks that any donations in her memory be made to the Sierra Club Foundation, 2101 Webster Street, Suite 1250, Oakland, CA 94612 or at to-give. Mary’s husband and daughters chose this charity based on the number of petitions she sent us to sign in support of their efforts protecting wildlife and the environment. We promise to continue your work.

Arrangements are being handled by Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, Antila Funeral Service, Inc.

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