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May Joan Slocum

May 18, 1921 — June 6, 2021

Slocum, May J., 100 years old, born Filomena Felice Cipriano a/k/a May Joan Cipriano (Mamie), Lyons, NY, died June 6, 2021; last sibling of her Cipriano family.

Predeceased by husband William D. Slocum (1999); parents Vito William Cipriano and Elvira Montello Cipriano; brothers and sisters-in-law: William (Louise), Nicholas (Velda Marie), Leonard (Georgianne) and Anthony (Kenny) Cipriano; sisters and brothers-in law: Lena Miceli, Anna (Frank) DeGeorge, Frances (John) Mauro, Eva Bryant, Dorothy (James Edward) Comella; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ralph J. and Elizabeth Slocum Stoutenberg; son-in-law Gerald D. Twedten (1991). Survived by daughters: Sharyn E. Twedten, Charleston, SC, and Sydney S. (Roger) Long, West Henrietta, NY; grandchildren Catherina May Twedten and Tara Christine Twedten, Charleston, SC; Bradley Jon (Nicole) Long and Leann Christine (Jeffrey Michael) Case, West Henrietta, NY; great-grandchildren: Aidan and Gabriella Case and Sereniti Elizabeth Long; many nieces and nephews.

May was well cared for by the Twedten family in SC the past four years and went peacefully to her eternal home. She retired from NYS Industrial & Agricultural School at Industry, NY; was a substitute post-office mistress at 14414 Industry, NY PO; a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, Henrietta, NY and Rosary & Altar Society; long-time housekeeper maintaining the Catholic Chapel and Rectory at Industry, NY; past election worker with the Rush democratic party, and R-H Home Bureau painting enthusiast many, many years ago. Her family was her #1 priority and lifelong love and possessed a kind and generous heart to all she knew. Memorial Mass and private interment at a later date.

Memorials may be made to St. Marianne Cope RC Parish at St. Joseph's Church, Rush, NY 14543.


I would rather have one little rose
From the garden of a friend,
Than to have the choicest flowers
When my stay on earth must end.

I would rather have the kindest word
And a smile that I can see,
Than flattery when my heart is still
And this life has ceased to be.

Bring me all the flowers today
Whether white or pink or red,
I'd rather have one blossom now
Than a truck load when I'm dead.
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