Lustig, Mary

Mary Lucille Lustig

October 12, 1934 - January 10, 2020

Mary Lou (Maresca) Lustig, born in New Jersey on October 12th, 1934, passed away peacefully from this world in McKinney, Texas on January 10th, 2020.  Mary Lou was well known for her incredible intellect, compassion for others and her infinite generosity and love for her family and friends, many of whom were life-long friends. Her family considered her their rock, and her presence and quick wit will be sorely missed.  Mary Lou was a true Renaissance woman. She was an excellent student who devoured knowledge and books, constantly seeking ways to better her mind. Mary Lou devoted herself to her children then realized that she craved a higher education. She sought and received a Bachelor of Arts, Masters, and Doctorate from Syracuse University. Mary Lou became a preeminent expert in Early American History.  She authored three biographical books, which to this day are considered invaluable resources for their subject matter: Robert Hunter, 1666-1734: New York's Augustan Statesman (New York State Study), Privilege and Prerogative: New York's Provincial Elite, 1710-1776, and The Imperial Executive in America: Sir Edmund Andros,1637-1714. Mary Lou also co-authored The Papers of William Livingston while at New York University. She was a professor of Early American History at West Virginia University, a place that she dearly loved.

Mary Lou is survived by her three children, Rachel Celia (Lustig) Walsh and husband, Peter, Andrea Irene (Lustig) Flinchbaugh and husband, Richard, and Michael Gideon Lustig and wife, Aida; nine grandchildren, Kaitlin (husband Michael), Samantha (fiancé Vincent), and Daniel Walsh, Matthew, Juliana, Grace, Amelia, and William Flinchbaugh, and Alex Lustig; and one great-granddaughter, Sophie Saltzman.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Theodore Lustig, and parents, Anthony (Tommy) Maresca and Irene (Marceline) Maresca. 

Mary Lou will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery later this year, rejoining her husband.

If desired, family members request any donations in tribute be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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I just learned of Mary Lou's passing and it saddens me greatly. She was my PhD advisor in the 1990s. Without her patience, kind understanding, and guidance my graduate experience would not have been as wonderful as it was. She smiled often, but there was no smile that communicated love more than the one she gave me when I passed my dissertation defense. I've often wondered about her following her retirement. I, too, am now retired having started my PhD later than most students. She gave me the tools, intellectual and otherwise I needed in my efforts to excite my students about the value of history. I'm still quite passionate about history, a passion she nurtured. I'm sorry for learning of her passing so late and more specifically your pain in losing her. Perhaps the best thing any of us can say about someone we admired and loved is, she will be missed. Michael E. Gherke, PhD Homosassa, FL
Michael Gherke, June 18, 2020 You’re in a better place now.
Jonathan Johnson, January 22, 2020