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 Rosemary Urbano on January 2, 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.
Posted by Nancy Di Dia on January 2, 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 Donna Pedro on December 19, 2011
Mary Lou, you are so missed. I miss our endless "talks"....I can't believe it's been a year since you left us.....I know you continue to watch over all of us..." With love, Donna
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 17, 2011
I can't believe it is a year since we lost you, You are still with us in the many times we say,"what would Mary Lou have said?" or "what would Mary Lou have done?"--and we laugh. After 30 years working together, my life will never be the same without your voice and smile that greeted me every day--and sometimes late into the night, when something had to be done! Be at peace.
Posted by Nancy Di Dia on December 16, 2011
Thinking of Mary Lou and missing her everyday.
Posted by Andrea Cisco on December 16, 2011
Good Morning, Mary Lou.. Over this past your we have said your name more than you would believe. "Oh, I miss Mary Lou". "What would Mary Lou say about this or that." "Not for nothing, Andrea, but...." Your strong voice guides us still. I love and miss you, Mary Lou!
Posted by Josy Gallagher on December 16, 2011
Buenos Dias mi amiga, I miss you so! I think of you often. I looked forward to listening to your wise and kind words whenever I called the office, I miss you! You are forever in my heart! Besos
Posted by Kathy Callahan on December 16, 2011
Mary Lou, I think of you often and can still hear that beautiful voice. Be at peace my friend and know that we will never forget you. I am blessed to have known you.
Posted by Joseph Perotta on December 16, 2011
A day doesn't go by that I do not think about you. You were an extraordinary person who will never be forgotten. I read everyones comments and realize how truly blessed I was to have you as a mom. You will never be forgotten and will be in my heart forever. I miss you and love you. You keep looking over us as I know you are.
Posted by Steve DeValk on December 16, 2011
Oh my Lou, there are so many times I wished for you to be here this year. I miss you and think of you often. You've become one of my angels. One of your pumpkins:) Steve
Posted by William Prensky on December 16, 2011
There isn't a day that goes by that we don't remember you, Mary Lou. You are still here with us, moment by moment, in every aspect of the time we share. There was no one like you and never will be - and I remember always your smile, your humor, and your warmth. We miss you very much, and that will never change.
Posted by Joseph Conway on October 20, 2011
It is pretty hard to capture in just a few words all that Mary Lou was to the many people who knew her. I remember her fondly as a genuine person, direct, but beneath that tough New Yorker was a warm and caring person who lit up and delighted everyone. We've lost a real treasure.
Posted by Andrea Cisco on June 11, 2011
Missing you!
Posted by Joseph Perotta on March 16, 2011
It has been 3 months and each day that goes by I think about how special you are and how missed you are. You will always be a daughter, wife, grandmother,co worker, confidant friend and most importantly mother to all that loved you. You rest.
Posted by Kathy Callahan on March 16, 2011
As I get ready to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade tomorrow, my thoughts return to TP and Mary Lou. I so miss our talks and especially miss that smile. I'll think of you as I walk the "green line". Be at peace my friend.
Posted by Shawn Coker on February 16, 2011
Although I've only know Mary Lou for a few years, it feels like we have always known each other. Mary Lou had an elegant charm that made everyone in her presence feel special and welcome. Thank you, Mary Lou for adopting me into the FWI family. You are one of God's greatest gifts to the world and eternity. -- Shawn Coker
Posted by H Charles on January 22, 2011
Mary Lou, You were a stabilizing force for all who knew you. I am such a diff person because of what I witnessed and experienced while working with you. You always, always, went above and beyond - no matter how mad or irritated you were with the person. You were cut from a different cloth... I never said it but, I considered you a mentor. I am honored and blessed to have known you. Hadiyah
Posted by Rosemary Urbano on January 10, 2011
I had the honor and privilege of working with Mary Lou at Towers Perrin. We were all friends and family there. She was an exceptional lady who gave all of herself and even more. To know her was to love her and her smiling face. I know she went straight up to Heaven and is now an angel looking down on her loved ones. She'll be missed by so many who knew and loved her. Rosemary Urbano
Posted by Yvette Benjamin on January 3, 2011
No one gave so much and asked so little! I feel truly blessed to have known Mary Lou. I hope those who met her pass on her generosity to others. My prayers to her family and friends. Vaya con Dios Mary Lou!
Posted by Nancy Di Dia on January 2, 2011
Today, I light a candle in your memory--of what would have been your 66th Birthday. I will think of you with love and courage today. Happy Birthday and thanks for looking down on us and keeping us safe. You are so missed Mary Lou!! Nancy Di Dia
Posted by Donna Pedro on January 2, 2011
Mary Lou...on this your birthday, I am thinking about all of the wonderful conversations we had...when I was at Sony Music and the Institute... I am eternally grateful for your presence in my life....you took such good care of all of us....clients, consultants and more...there was always love and laughter when you were around...rarely frazzled....You are missed by many..Rest now sweet angel.... D
Posted by Andrea Cisco on January 2, 2011
January 2, 2011,your birthday Mary Lou. This date will remain etched in my memory as the day a great lady was born. And I will say to myself, "How lucky I was to know her and be in her circle of light and love". Andrea ....
Posted by Margaret Regan on January 2, 2011
Mary Lou, on your birthday, we want you to know that you have had more than 500 visits to this site. You meant so much to so many people,and are missed terribly by all of us. The days are not the same without you, but we are glad you are at peace and free of suffering. Margaret
Posted by Janis Winder on December 30, 2010
Mary Lou sat outside my office for years and though she had her hands full taking care of Margaret and her clients, she nonetheless kept on eye on me. We loved each other and supported each other and got a lot of work done! I smile now thankful for the many years we had. Mary Lou will be missed but until we join her, she'll be right here in our hearts. XXOO Janis
Posted by Ian Dodds on December 23, 2010
Mary Lou will always be remembered by me for her warmth and kindness and care and attention and the interest she took in my world. I only wish I had thought of saying this to her when I could. Ian Dodds, London
Posted by Nancy Di Dia on December 21, 2010
Mary Lou, your legacy of love, strength and courage will live on in each of those whose lives you've graced. I am so honored and privileged to have been one of those many you selected to love and grace. Thank you for your courage, support and love. Today, the earth is crying and heaven is smiling. We love you immensely! Nancy Di Dia
Posted by Brooke Mayes on December 21, 2010
MaryLou I love and miss you so much. I can't stop thinking about you. I will never forget you. Thank you for being in my life. God Bless the Perotta Family
Posted by Eze Nwachukwu on December 21, 2010
Mary Lou was so big to so many people. She was an important part of my life. Mary Lou, I will never forget you. Thank you for all your insight and wisdom. Thank you for always being there for everyone one. Thank you Mary Lou.
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 20, 2010
I don't have the words to articulate how I am feeling. I can say that the FutureWork family as well as the Perotta family have been in my prayers daily since I received the news. I know that the brilliant light and warmth that was Mary Lou Perotta will continue to shine in the people she has touched on her journey, people like me.   My deepest condolences,   Darryl Ordell
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 20, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about Mary Lou's passing and even more saddened that I will not be able to make her funeral services. This is the time that Mary Lou would be getting ready for the holidays. I can remember our many conversations, re: house painting, holiday menu etc. I would like to extend our condolences to Joe and family, and the Future Work Institute family. Linda McIntosh
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 20, 2010
I am so deeply saddened by this news. I wished God would have kept her around a little longer to continue offering her loving, caring customer service at The FWI. I will surely miss that voice. How will I know where Margaret is now? To all of Mary Lou's friends and FWI family, I hope you'll spread some love and compassion for others this season in her honor. Caswall Price,Richmond Fed Reserve
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 20, 2010
I am glad that Mary Lou is not suffering and is in a better place. I will be there today in spirit and heart as you all attend the services. With a huge lump in my throat and damp eyes, I have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Karen Vari
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 20, 2010
The sun is shining today. Mary Lou would not have it any other way to say a last good bye to friends and colleagues. Mary Lou's passing reminds us all to live with abundance each and everyday. The sun will set and the sun will rise. Remembering a friend lasts. Sylvester Mendoza, Northrop Grumman
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 20, 2010
Mary Lou was always the person I turned to at Towers when the going got tough. She was a great reality check about what was important. She listened and never judged. You walked away knowing that you had been in the presence of someone who truly cared deeply. Oh what a joy to have known her!   Yvette Benjamin
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 20, 2010
It broke my heart on Saturday to see Mary Lou lying there. I remembered what a strong and kind person she was. All the flowers and pictures showed that she lived a great life and all who knew her cared and loved her. She's in God's hands now and I'm sure He's taking good care of her as she walks in the "Pearly White City" being greeted and and welcomed by family and friends. Emily Jones
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
I always thought there were two voices at FWI – Margaret as the visionary and leader, and Mary Lou's distinct voice as the one you wanted to hear if you needed to reach anyone, get anything, or learn anything. Her voice was always reassuring to me, so I know it must have been to others. Alan Richter
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
I was so sad to hear about Mary Lou. She is one of those very special people who rarely get the accolades, but who make everyone around them more successful. Both Mary Lou, you and her family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. John Lynch (CEO of Towers Perrin)
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
I was so profoundly sad to learn of Mary Lou's illness.  I can't imagine calling the office and not hearing her voice.  I will make a special prayer for her in Temple on Saturday. 

Steve Bookbinder
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
As you can imagine, the internet is full of the news of Mary Lou.  What a wonderful character she has been to all of us. As much as I feel the pain of her near passing, I know that too often, we forget that those who stay behind have some of the sharpest pain to absorb and need to take care of themselves during these difficult days. David Rhodes
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
I am so very saddened to learn about Mary Lou.  She has been the glue, an absolutely reliable fixture for FWI and to her family.She and her family are in my constant thoughts and prayers.  Alice Rago
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
So sorry to hear about Mary Lou. She's a sweet lady who always made me laugh when I was at my most insane. I'll stop by St Pats and light a candle for her on my way to work this morning. Don Greenhouse
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
Just came from St Pats -- I haven't been in my own synagogue in years, but figured I'd make an exception for Mary Lou and go right to the top ... headed right to the Mary shrine behind the altar!  :-)  Don Greenhouse
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
I have such wonderful memories of my time with Mary Lou. I so appreciate the time we had together. Mary Lou and her family have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.  Kathy Callahan
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
I am so sad to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers are also with the FWI team. It has been an extraordinarily close relationship that went far beyond working together. She is an amazing person and friend. Jill Abbott
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
Mary Lou was very, very special and I just loved working with her at Towers Perrin. She was a great co-worker and had a fantastic sense of humor; we used to laugh all the time about so many things. She was genuine, honest and true and a pleasure to work with. I'm so very sad to hear this news and will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Fran Gennuso
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
I'm so sad & so appreciate Mary Lou. She's very much the reason that I got involved with TP. Because of her initiative, she took my faxed resume & showed it to Margaret & Andrea. She has such an awesome way of making the affiliates feel included & valued. I am so appreciative that she touched my life.  Joe Steele
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
I had no idea--what a shock. I am sending Mary Lou all my love and a heart full of care from Nicaragua where I am now.  I cannot imagine how difficult this has been for for all.  Please send my love to each one.   Peggy Healy
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
Mary Lou was such a presence of joy, acceptance, understanding and love - and she has been SO good to everyone. In my current belief system, I do believe that she will always be with all of us . . . and therefore I can only ask that she be free of pain and able to soar into the next phase of her life. Please voice my love and admiration of her to all. Regina Allen
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
This is truly a shock, as I did not know that Mary Lou was this sick until last week.  Thank you for letting us know, so that we can reconnect with her spirit in these final days. I can only imagine what a tragedy this is for FWI, as well as Joe and her family.  She was such a rock to all of us. Susan Mannlein
Posted by Margaret Regan on December 19, 2010
Mary Lou is certainly in our prayers. SHE WAS ALWAYS SMILING AND CHEERFUL NO MATTER WHAT.WHAT A GREAT LADY..... Maria and Harry Schmitz

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