2017-03-22 / Obituaries

Mary Mele Carufe

July 3, 1955 - March 11, 2017

Naples, Florida, resident Mary Mele Carufe passed away in the loving care of her family and Avow Hospice of Naples on March 11, 2017. Mary was born in Queens, New York, on July 3, 1955. She grew up in Whitestone, Queens until moving upstate to Cold Spring, New York in 1966. Mary graduated from Haldane High School in Cold Spring in 1973 and married her husband of 42 years, Joseph Carufe, on July 22, 1974, in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.

Mary and Joseph subsequently lived in San Francisco, California; Eugene, Oregon; Las Vegas, Nevada; Holden and Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts; Charlottesville, Virginia, and back to Cold Spring, New York until moving to Naples in 1994.

Mary was a lover of plants and animals, especially dogs. A gourmet cook, Mary delighted friends and family alike with her legendary cooking and baking. She was also vice president and executive secretary of Earthtech Unlimited, Inc, a Naples-based landscape company that she and her husband owned together.

Mary is survived and will be sorely missed by her husband, Joseph Carufe, daughters Sarah Martinez and Rebecca Carufe, grandchildren Anthony Martinez and Dalia Martinez, brothers Robert Mele, Philip Mele and Paul Mele, brother in law Michael Carufe and sister in law Maria Carufe, nieces Anna Mele, Margaret Mele, Melanie Mele, Antonia Mele, and Anna Maria Ingram, and nephews Michael Carufe and Thaddeus Mele, and dozens of cousins throughout the country.

A Memorial Visitation was held Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 1 PM until Celebration of Life at 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local humane society chapter. If you wish to send an electronic Honor Card with your donation, please send it to remembermarycarufe@gmail.com.

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