Maria "Marie" Ann Penta

Maria "Marie" Ann Penta, 59, of Candler, died Sunday, February 26, 2017 at home. A native of Brooklyn NY, she was a daughter of Salvatore Buzzetta and of the late Concetta Buzzetta. Mrs. Penta was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and received a Master's Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She managed the Buncombe County Law Library for twenty-five years. Surviving are her husband of thirty-eight years, John Michael Penta; daughter, Connie Marie Szczesny and husband John, and granddaughter Angelina Marie Szczesny, all of Chicago; three brothers and sisters-in-law, and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, all of Brooklyn. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at Green Hills Cemetery, with the Rev. Fr. Dean Cesa officiating. The body will be at Groce Funeral Home, Patton Ave., on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. til 6:00 p.m. for friends and family to visit.

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  1. U are my sister in law but to me ur my sister My HEART knows ur with Ma!I will stay close with Johnny Connie Ur little blond Dolly Angelina and ur Son in law John Marie I love u now like Connie told Aunt Ro she CAN breath! But I feel the wind was knocked out of me!

  2. Smartest lady ever in the courthouse, hands-down. We’ll always have that Tomato Summer on ten, won’t we, Marie? I can still see you at your desk, those tomatoes bright red and overflowing out on the balconette behind you, the biggest smile on your face. You were so proud of that bumper crop. Fed me Caprese, real New York Italian Caprese, all the way to Halloween. I’ll never be able to have it again without thinking of you. And I’ll never have it as good as you made it.

    Still can’t believe you’re not around here somewhere in spirit. Take care on the other side, sweet lady with the kindest of hearts. If love could have kept you alive, you would have lived forever.

    I can’t believe you’re not around here somewhere in spirit. I’ll be looking, sweet lady. If love could have kept you alive, you would have lived forever.

  3. So sorry for your loss. Maria was a great friend and person. She had the greatest sense of humor. We did not keep in touch often but when we did it was as if we had talked just the day before. Your family are in my prayers.


  5. I am so sorry for your loss. May the many happy memories you shared together be a source of comfort to you. And may you find hope in God’s promise to soon undo ‘all tears, pain, mourning and even death’ Rev. 21:4. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. John, getting the news of Marie’s passing was terribly saddening to us. A bright light has gone dark. We will always remember her as a person who made us all smile and laugh whenever we were in her company. Hopefully, the memories of all of those precious and happy moments will bring some comfort to you and your family during this difficult time. We will keep you and yours in our prayers.
    Bob & Mary

  7. John and Connie, so sorry for your loss for there are no words to express what a wonderful person Marie was. Each time I saw her she had a beautiful smile on her face everyday. Loved visiting her and talking with her. I will keep you all in my prayers and that the Lord will comfort you during this time.

  8. I love you my sweet beautiful friend…I will never forget you! A wasted day is one in which one has not laughed! Tweed loved you too! Hoot man!

  9. Marie Penta was bright, witty, smart, helpful, and I considered her a good friend. Marie ‘was’ the Buncombe County Law Library and helped countless people at her job.

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