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Our mother, or Mémé, as she was affectionately known to her grandchildren, was born June 25th,1931 in Stamford, CT. She grew up and married there, and raised her family in Brookfield, CT. She followed a career path in hairdressing as well as in teaching same at a vocational school. Whether in CT or NC, where she moved in ’96 to be with family, she would sing in a church choir, swim every day, garden or care for her grandchildren (especially Nicole).
Wherever she went, she made many friends. A stranger to none, our mother had a knack for caring. There was no one she wouldn’t be a grandmother to; she was always ready to love, hug and console. Among other things she loved (when not organizing a family reunion), was her connection to people. She smiled so grand when talking to them; it was infectious. You could hear how big her smile was from the other side of the phone.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Maria (née Calitri); father, Ignazio Spremullo; her siblings John, Anthony, and Julia; and grandchildren Aaron Wheeler and Nicole DeVere. She is survived by her children, Roxanne Elaine Wheeler, Richard DeVere and Dorothy DeVere Langley and their spouses; as well as her many other grandchildren; her sister Rose Gesualdi; and several nieces and nephews.
Although she will be greatly missed, we are grateful and blessed to have had the chance to share a full life with such a beautiful soul. Her caring spirit lives on strong in those of us lucky enough to have experienced it. And we know one other thing for sure: somewhere in Heaven tonight, she’s bringing her family together again!
Carolina Cremation of Charlotte and Salisbury is assisting the DeVere family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
serena edwards says
Mary will truly be missed. Such a sweetheart.
Anitha Cherian says
Our sweet Mary will definitely be missed. I will miss my daily hugs and her caring spirit.
Eric DeVere says
I love you, Mémé. Thank you for everything. Your influence will live on for many generations. I owe so much to you.
Maria Bernson says
I will truly miss our Aunt Mary! She was such a caring and loving soul. She new the true meaning of family. I have so many wonderful memories of spending holidays together.
I love you!
Susan & James Kelly says
Mary was a very special person to a very young mother with a very difficult baby. Mary would come everyday to my aid and take our fuzzy baby out for a walk so that I could prepare a meal for my family. She was truly a special friend that will never be forgotten. She will be missed….
BJ Morgan says
Ms.Mary was my dear friend ..She was sweet and kind of the time.She loved her family but she cherished Nicole.Myself as Nicole’s caregiveover learned alot from her. She taught me how to save money and how to.work.a dollar(lol).My two friends are back together and I will.cheerish you both forever.Love you both.BJ Morgan
Linda Mones Chetta says
My Aunt Mary will truly be missed by our family. She loved being around her family, and was always interested on what was going on in our lives. She always greeted us big hugs and smiles. She loved to read and learn about new things in life.
“A funny story from my mom, her oldest sister” My mom use to gets so made at Mary when they were going up because, my mom got stuck doing a lot of work, while Mary got to sit and read her books. Well, that is what my mom said anyway.❤️????
I love you Aunt Mary, RIP. Xoxo
Maryann Spremullo Curto, Niece says
Aunt Mary was a caring, kind,loving person who cherished her children,family and friends.
she most definitely was a people person who interacted naturally with people of all ages,
especially the love of children. she always greeted us with big open arms ready for a big hug
and smile letting us know her unconditional love for us. she enjoyed swimming at the beach,
pool and Candlewood Lake at our Family picnics. She lived life with a positive attitude and
enjoyed every day to its fullest ready for fun and adventures. we will miss her energy and
infectious smile. Love you! RIP with your Family in Heaven.