Mary Port Zisserson

Dateline: Warwick

Zisserson, Mary Port. 100 years old, died on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Tamarisk. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Sadie (Chorney) Port and the wife of the late Sidney Zisserson. Mary is survived by her children, Shayna Pitt (Bruce) of Pittsburg, PA, Joel Zisserson (Francis) of Cranston, RI, and Paul Zisserson (Leah) of Lake Frederick, VA. She was the sister of Ira Port and the late Esther Goldman, Anne Leventhal and Leonard Port. She is also survived by six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Mary was the quintessential woman of her generation: intensely devoted to husband, children and relatives which made her circle of family and friends paramount in her life. She was always proud to declare herself “modern” in her ability to adapt to the changes that occur over a lifetime of a century. This past June, Mary celebrated her 100th birthday at a wonderful party attended by her many loving relatives and friends. Their devotion to and love for her was a way that they could reciprocate the years of love and devotion she had for them. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 45 Gay St., Providence, RI 02905. Funeral service and shiva are private.


  1. Jim Roddey
    Feb 25, 2015

    Shayna, my deepest sympathy. Rejoice in her long and wonderful life. I will be thinking of you and your family. Having lost my mother at age 101 I know the sadness of her departure and the joy of having her with you for so many years.

  2. Linda Willhide
    Feb 25, 2015

    Dear Shayna, Thinking of you and you family and wishing you all peace. Hold all of the wonderful memories you have with your mother close to your heart and she will always be with you.

  3. Antonio Venditti and family
    Feb 25, 2015

    Sending my deepest condolences to the Zisserson family. From Antonio Venditti (Cranston School Department) and family.

  4. Edward
    Feb 26, 2015

    God Bless Mary she will be missed. What a life! What a great lady! Heaven just received an angel!

  5. Lois Cohen
    Feb 26, 2015

    To Paul , Leah and all the Zisserson family. So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. When Marc Port was in , I met him at Tamarisk . I had the opportunity of meeting Mary.
    Lois Cohen

  6. Eileen and Lourdes CNA
    Feb 26, 2015

    Lourdes and I are sending our condolences to the Zisserson family. The time we spent with Mary at Tamarisk will be treasured in our hearts forever. She will be missed greatly.

  7. Jimmy & Betty Marsis
    Feb 26, 2015

    To Paul, Joel, Shayna and the entire Zisserson family,

    Our memories of your mother from the many times we were in her company are exactly those of the woman you pictured so affectionately this morning. We always felt the warmth that you described, so we have some idea of how deeply you all feel her loss. With our deepest sympathy we extend our condolences to
    you all. Jimmy and Betty

  8. Dennis & Suzanne Laven
    Mar 1, 2015

    Dear Joel, On behalf of Sue and myself our sincere condolences to you and all your family members for your loss. I hope the days that follow will be healing and full of wonderful memories.

  9. Harris D. Foster
    Mar 11, 2015

    Mary was our neighbor in Cranston for over 40 years. She was a fine woman and loved her family. I always sought her out when I visited my mother Bella Foster at Tamarisk.

    My deepest sympathy to the Zisserson Family

    Harris D. Foster

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