MARY ANNE O’DONNELL GUTREUTER
December 28, 1960 – October 17, 2020
Mary crossed over unexpectedly on October 17, 2020 to join her parents Merton Clifford O’Donnell and Jeanette Elizabeth Osowiski O’Donnell. Mary crossed over along with her furbabies; a dog, Bulma, and cat, Aventi.
Mary was born on December 28, 1960 in Connecticut and her family made Mineville, NY home in 1967. Mary grew up to be the eldest daughter of seven children with heritage to the Abenaki Native American Tribe and Red Hugh O’Donnell.
Mary graduated from Moriah Central School in 1978. Within months she had boots on ground ready to proudly serve in the United States Army, enlisting in September of 1978. Mary served honorably in the Army for over a decade as both active duty and with the US Reserves. Over the course of her military career she was awarded numerous medals, awards, letters of achievement, and commendations.
In 1979 Mary was stationed at the 981st MP Company in Kitzigen, Germany where she met her future husband Keith Allan Gutreuter. During her time in Europe Mary also met Freddie Mercury and the other members of Queen while on a train… fueling her love for the band, especially Freddie, more than ever. Even more special than meeting her idol, Mary also gave birth to her beloved son, Jean-Miguel Arthur Gutreuter, on November 2, 1983 in Vicenza, Italy.
Mary lived and worked for a period of time in Yardley, Newtown, and Morrisville (Bucks County), Pennsylvania during the mid-1980’s to the early 1990’s. During this time Mary engaged in research and development for the Union Camp Corporation.
In the early 90s, Mary made her return to Champ Country and has been a resident of Moriah and The North Country ever since. It was here she became an active member of the Mount Moriah Presbyterian Church, serving as a long time Liturgist; a devoted American Red Cross Disaster Service Volunteer; an instrumental member of the Town of Moriah Food Pantry; and a member of American Legion Post 224 in Ticonderoga, NY and Post 14 in Vergennes, Vermont.
Mary was an extraordinary person who was confident in herself and loved her country. Mary especially loved her son, friends, family, and animals. She will be most remembered for her big heart, bold personality, quick wit, and love of the band QUEEN. Her empathy and compassion for others were larger than life itself and will be forever cherished.
Mary is survived by a son, Jean-Miguel A. Gutreuter (and spouse Mandy of Olmstedville); granddaughter, Harmony (Olmstedville); brother, Mike O’Donnell (Port Henry); sister, Elizabeth Austin (and spouse Wes of Mineville), sister, Tina Mount (Yardley, PA); brother, James “Beaker” O’Donnell (and spouse Georgina of Plattsburgh); brother, John O’Donnell (and spouse Traci of Yardley, PA); sister, BillieJo Jubert (and spouse Dave of Plattsburgh). Mary’s nieces and nephews include Kristen and Amy Mount (Yardley, PA); Brooke, Morgan, Paige, and Reagan O’Donnell (Yardley, PA); Casey Collins (Oklahoma); Karsyn O’Donnell (Utica); Conner Rodriquez (and spouse Brittany of Witherbee); Jared Firlik (and spouse Stephanie of Georgia); Great-nephew, Maddox (Witherbee); Great-nephew, Myles (Yardley, PA); and best friend, Brenda Cheney (Port Henry). Mary was predeceased by her husband of 26 years, Keith Allan Gutreuter (1958 – 2006); father, Merton Clifford O’Donnell (1927 – 2007); mother, Jeanette Elizabeth Osowiski O’Donnell (1936 – 2012); and furbaby, Cricket.
“I’m a shooting star, leaping through the sky, like a tiger defying gravity. I’m a racing car, passing by like Lady Godiva. I’m gonna go, go, go! There’s no stopping me!” –QUEEN
An 11:00 graveside service will be held on Tuesday October 27th, 2020 at South Moriah Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Ken Parker of Mount Moriah Presbyterian Church will be leading the service.
Thank you to everyone who responded that night including all of the firefighters from Port Henry, Moriah, Mineville-Witherbee, Westport, Crown Point, and Ticonderoga; The North Country Chapter of the American Red Cross; Kellie Valentine for your kindness and compassion; Uncle Mike; Aunt Liz; and all those who have offered condolences and love after Mary’s passing.
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