Let the memory of Mary Lou be with us forever. She was one of a kind who did it "her way"--which always meant doing what was best for the other person.
  • 65 years old
  • Born on January 2, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
  • Passed away on December 16, 2010 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

This memorial website was created by The FutureWork Institute and her family in memory of Mary Lou Perotta who was born on January 2, 1945 and passed away on December 16, 2010. She was a "rock" to her family,  the "wind beneath our sails" for those who worked with her and a caring confidant to all her friends. We have added tributes from e-mails we received from her many friends and invite you to light a candle with a testimonial, create a story or a chapter of her life and add photos, so that we may all celebrate her life together.

Posted by Celia Berk on 2nd January 2018
I'm a day late in posting this (Mary Lou would forgive me, with a dry comment in that distinctive voice). I am struck by how often I think of her, all these years later. She left an indelible mark on my mind and heart.
Posted by Nancy Di Dia on 1st January 2018
Always in my heart think of you often...with much love
Posted by Brooke Mayes on 1st January 2018
I'm still here Marylou. And yes I STILL miss you profusely
Posted by Josy Gallagher on 1st January 2018
Happy Birthday mi amiga! Thinking of you, your voice, your support, makes me smile. Miss you!
Posted by Celia Berk on 2nd January 2017
A treasured friend. I think of her often -- and can still hear that distinctive voice in my ear....
Posted by Yvette Benjamin on 1st January 2017
I wish you were here to give that special look you had or even one word as we enter into 2017. We could use your civility, compassion and kindness right now, MaryLou.
Posted by Brooke Mayes on 15th December 2016
Marylou... Omgoodness..... 6 years... It's been a hell of a 6 years my friend. I miss you SO much it's freaky. You're missing SO much fun. I hope your family is ok. I STILL love you
Posted by Eze Nwachukwu on 15th December 2016
I remember you today Mary Lou. Thank you for being there, being a great example, being a great guide Monday through Friday. I could always count on you. Today I remember you and Pray for your family. Thank You Mary Lou.
Posted by Josy Gallagher on 15th December 2016
Six years, amazing. I think of you often, my friend. Always in my heart.
Posted by Rosemary Urbano on 1st January 2016
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mary Lou. You were one in a million and I know you're an angel watching over your family and friends. You were one of the kindest women I ever had the honor of knowing and working with. Mary Lou, you left so early, but I know there is always a reason God calls special people earlier than we think he should. Until we meet again, rest in peace in our Lord's loving arms.
Posted by Yvette Benjamin on 1st January 2016
When I think of you, I smile. You were an ear when I needed one and I'll always remember you for that. And, of course, your rooting for the Yankees.
Posted by Josy Gallagher on 1st January 2016
Happy Birthday my friend! You are always remembered with love & affection. Besos, Josy
Posted by Nancy Di Dia on 1st January 2016
Happy Birthday my friend, i think of you all the time and miss our great conversations and MaryLou wisdom of the ages. You continue to have a profound impact on so many. May you continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Joanne Perotta on 15th December 2015
Hey Mom. Another year has passed but it still seems like just yesterday. There has not been a day that has passed that i don't think about you and miss you so much. You always had a unique way about you and no matter how big a mess I was when i called you always knew what to say or do to make it better. You are always in my heart. I love you!
Posted by Celia Berk on 15th December 2015
Thinking of MaryLou today -- a sweet and sassy lady!! Celia Berk
Posted by Andrea Cisco on 15th December 2015
You always seem just around the corner. We call to you often, especially when we are knee deep in "it". Seems like we can't you rest. Miss you, but hold dear so many memories- from the sublime to the ridiculous. Peace, Lou. Andrea
Posted by Yvette Benjamin on 10th January 2015
Will always remember my friend and Towers Perrin colleague, Mary Lou. To honor her memory, I will donate annually to the American Cancer Society in her name in the hopes that we can find a cure.
Posted by Margaret Regan on 2nd January 2015
You are in our hearts on your special day. Miss you terribly, but love looking at the photos and memories on this site.
Posted by Andrea Cisco on 1st January 2015
Lou, Missing you, but honoring your birthday. Love, Andrea
Posted by Enidio Magel on 1st January 2015
So many good memories - keeping you in our hearts. Thank you for your first 65!
Posted by Joseph Perotta on 1st January 2015
Happy Birthday Mom. Words can not express how much I miss you. But you already know that. You are always in my thoughts, A person as special as you is never forgotten. Love you
Posted by Josy Gallagher on 16th December 2014
Hola my dear friend. You are always in my thoughts. Miss you. Josy
Posted by Brooke Mayes on 15th December 2014
Hi Mary Lou Come baaaaaaack! I miss you and so does everyone else Always Brooke
Posted by Celia Berk on 15th December 2014
Thinking of a cherished friend on a very sad day.
Posted by Andrea Cisco on 15th December 2014
Lou, We still feel you beside us. We are constantly saying, "Mary Lou would have done so and so. Or we know Lou had a hand in helping us." Sending big love, Andrea
Posted by Margaret Regan on 2nd January 2014
Mary Lou, Happy Birthday! Every time I come to this site, the memories overcome me. There is not a day that goes by that I do not try to call you and talk about how things went that day. But, I know you are watching, smiling and laughing, as you did every day you were here with us. We all miss you and think of you always.
Posted by Joseph Perotta on 1st January 2014
Just wanted to take a moment and wish you a Happy Birthday and let you know that you are so missed and loved. Keep watching over us like only you can. Thinking of you always
Posted by Brooke Mayes on 1st January 2014
Mary Lou Not for nothin...... but I miss you SOOOOOOOO much...I'm not sure if you know that or not, but I am thinking you do! Come BAAAAAACK! I love you Mary Lou
Posted by Josy Gallagher on 1st January 2014
Thinking of you today! Feliz Cumpleanos!
Posted by Yvette Benjamin on 16th December 2013
Mary Lou, I can still hear your voice. I can still see your face. I can still see your smile. I will never forget your kindness and compassion. Thank you for always listening!
Posted by Eze Nwachukwu on 16th December 2013
I miss you MaryLou. I appreciate everything you did for me. Always helping me keep things in perspective.
Posted by Margaret Perotta on 15th December 2013
Dear mom, not a day goes by that we do not miss you. Your love kept us all.strong. Tommy still asks about you and love's to see picture's of the two of you when he was little. John misses you so much as do I and we know you are always by our side. We love you mom.
Posted by Josy Gallagher on 15th December 2013
Thinking of you today & imagining you & Joe G together in heaven. Miss you lots!
Posted by Valerie Hegarty on 15th December 2013
I miss you Mary Lou. Sitting at your desk and thinking of you with much love.
Posted by Andrea Cisco on 15th December 2013
Hi Lou, Missing you on this cold morning. Love you and your family! AndreLou
Posted by Celia Berk on 15th December 2013
I can still hear Mary Lou's distinctive voice -- and distinctive humor -- loud and clear in my head. She was one of a kind, and I treasured our friendship.
Posted by Enidio Magel on 15th December 2013
Hello Dah'ling! Miss ya..
Posted by Ian Dodds on 15th December 2013
Mary-Lou always made me feel a valued member of the FWI even though I was the other side of the Atlantic. I was very fond of her.
Posted by Margaret Regan on 16th December 2012
Mary Lou, I can't believe it has really been two years since we lost you. You are in my thoughts, conversations, memories every day--and it does not get easier to be at peace with our loss. The only thing that sustains me is that my sister, Joan, joined you at this time a year ago, and I know the two of you are laughing together at my adventures and "travel karma." Rest in peace, Mary Lou.
Posted by Brooke Mayes on 16th December 2012
I was so glad to have received this "remember MaryLou" email today. MaryLou, I don't think I ever could forget you. I miss you SO much it's freaky. I know a lot of people do. I hope you're livin large in Heaven. God Bless the family. Merry Christmas
Posted by Celia Berk on 16th December 2012
Once met, never forgotten! A distinctive voice, a wonderful smile and a lovely person. Celia Berk, Young & Rubicam Group
Posted by Nancy Di Dia on 15th December 2012
Always remembered. Think of you often. Sending light up
Posted by Josy Gallagher on 15th December 2012
Think of you often my friend! I miss you! Tu Amiga
Posted by Andrea Cisco on 15th December 2012
Thinking of you with dear, dear memories!
Posted by Courtney Perotta on 11th February 2012
I loved my grandma very much.Besides great grandma she was also the other normal person I miss her so much I wish she was her right now with us .But it's better grandma,great grandma,and great grandpa are all together . I miss all of them and since they are not here with us I hope god is taking good care of them up in heaven. I hope they are happy too even though they can't be with us.Love
Posted by Shawn Coker on 2nd January 2012
Even though it is dusk, around the world your light shines bright, Without regret or hesitation, you proudly rejoice adorned in clouds of white. I sing to you a new song: 'You are the blessed one who finished the race proudly, and you were welcomed home safely.." Shawn Coker, your friend
Posted by Eze Nwachukwu on 1st January 2012
I miss you Mary Lou. Happy Birth Day. I watched Law and Order today, and thought about how you were there with some guidance during some of the big moments in my life. Thank you Mary Lou.
Posted by Joseph Perotta on 1st January 2012
Happy Birthday Mom. This day will be remembered as the day the world was blessed with an extraordinary woman. A woman who meant so much to so many, a woman who gave so much to so many without asking for anything in return and a woman who left such a mark that she will never be forgotten. Love you
Posted by Nancy Di Dia on 1st January 2012
Thinking of MaryLou on her birthday. today would have been her 67th birthday. Missing her still every day and our great chats. Rest in peace my dear friend. rest in peace
Posted by Rosemary Urbano on 1st January 2012
Happy Birthday in Heaven, Mary Lou. You were such a wonderful co-worker and friend, and I think of you very often. You had standards and principles that not many people have. I think that's just a couple of reasons you were so respected and loved. I'm sure there are a thousand other reasons. Rest in Peace in God's loving arms. You are missed.

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