Mary A Capone

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Mary A Capone

June 13, 1928 - May 30, 2018

Mary Anne Capone (nee Mariannina DeSimone) of Williamsville died as she lived, surrounded by several of the many family members she was so devoted to and dearly loved while on a trip to her ancestral home in Abruzzo, Italy. Born in Oakfield, she was the beloved daughter of the late Raniere and Emilia (Nanni) DeSimone and the stepdaughter of Luigina DeSimone. Mrs. Capone had a special connection to her Italian heritage, especially because she lived there for two years after her mother Emilia died when Mariannina was only four years old. After having visited several times before, she was looking forward to returning there "one last time." Her family would have stayed in Italy longer were it not for the impending threat of World War II coming. She and her family settled in Niagara Falls, where she met the love of her life, the late Nello Capone, on a family picnic at Whirlpool Park. Mrs Capone rose above many challenges in her life with the great character and strength she had. She had a strong work ethic even as a small child. She recalled a time when she had to wear a black armband when Mussolini and his men came to be waited on at her family's cantina in Italy. As she poured him water, he pinched her cheek, saying, "Facia bella!" (beautiful face). When she lived in the US she worked in the family grocery store and bought fabric to make broomstick skirts with tips she earned. She earned good grades at Niagara Falls High School and planned to go to college, but dropped out before she graduated because her English teacher did not like Italians and even though she had good grades, he told her he would fail her. So she went to Robert's School of Beauty with ambitions to own several salons. Those plans changed when she married and started raising her six children with her husband Nello. While raising her family in an immaculately kept home and preparing plentiful and delicious home-cooked meals from scratch, canning fruit and vegetables, and using her cosmetology skills to be the barber for all the males in the family and hair stylist for all the females. She also made beautiful drapes, matching bedspreads and afghan blankets for her family. Mrs. Capone worked at Moore Business Forms and at the Como. After her retirement, she went to work at Macy's until the age of 88. She was also on the board of her condominium association, worked at the elections and volunteered at St. Gregory the Great in the café, until she had a debilitating stroke in February of 2017. Mrs. Capone touched many lives and inspired many with her tireless energy, her generosity, kindness, love and compassion for others, her willingness to always help others in need, and her commitment to family, friends and faith. She always let her actions speak louder than words, always selflessly doing for others, lighting candles at church, saying the rosary and praying for people who were struggling. She is sadly missed by her children: Joseph (Colleen) Capone, Marianne (Bruce) Wisbaum, and Ernest Capone. Mrs. Capone was predeceased by her dear husband, Nello; her sons, N. Robert, DDS., Lawrence (Helen); her daughter, Joanne and Joanne's son, Tyler White. She is dearly missed by her beloved grandchildren: Robert (Marissa) White, Mary Beth White, Aimee (Craig) Bova, Ashley (Douglas) St. Cyr, Anthony Capone, John (Meghan) Capone, Aaron (Heather) Capone, Paul Capone, Lillie Capone, Arielle Wisbaum, and Enrico Capone and her four great-grandchildren: Angelo and Dominic Bova, Locke White and Hannah St. Cyr. Mary was the sister of Hugo (Laurie) DeSimone, Emilio (Carmella) DeSimone, Josephine (late Sam) Capone, and Elvera Cappellano. She was predeceased by her sister, Elisa (Anthony) DeSimone; brother. David (Ida) DeSimone and infant sister, Emilia DeSimone. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Gregory the Great, 250 St. Gregory Ct., Williamsville, NY 14221, Saturday, June 16, at 10:30 AM. Burial will be held following the memorial Mass at St. Joseph's Cemetery Chapel, 3806 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made in Mrs. Capone's memory to St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, Buffalo, NY, or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, stjude.org
Published on June 9, 2018
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