May 29, 1940 – April 7, 2018
Mary Letteri Finelli, 77, of Boca Raton, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at her home. Mary was born in Boston, MA on May 29, 1940, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Letteri nee Luccisano. She has been a dedicated wife to Dr. Vincent Finelli and a wonderful mother to her three sons, Nicolas, Marcello and Vincenzo. Early in her life she was a floral designer, manager of her family flower shoppe and taking evening courses at the Boston University, but her passion for education was expressed only after the birth of her children by becoming a full time student at the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated with the highest honor, "Summa cum laude". She continued her studies by achieving a Master Degree and a Doctor of Education in only 3 years, at the same time she continued to be a great wife and excellent mother, loved by her family. She did not pursue a professional career because of her dedication to her family, but she taught English Composition as a lecturer at the University of Cincinnati and at the Florida Atlantic University, again achieving high ratings from her students and peers. Her hobby was cruising, together with her husband, in six continents with numerous ships and writing cruise reviews published on various web sites. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Vincent Finelli, her sons Nicolas, Marcello and Vincenzo, her brothers Joseph, Frank and George and her sisters Theresa and Elizabeth.
A Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Boca Raton. Entombment immediately following at Boca Raton Mausoleum.
Mary wished that "In Lieu of flowers" anyone who may want to donate in her memory to "FOOD FOR THE POOR, INC." (www.FoodForThePoor.org/6cents) or their favorite charities.
- Mass of the Christian Burial Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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LISA A. BENSON
April 11, 2018
Always the most fun and lovely time. Will always remember when my beautiful Aunt was preparing me or my First Communion where at the time we were were working so hard to make the church and instead of using the hairspray, she picked up the aerosol deoderant and sprayed the hair. ( I think it was NightGuard) now I have dated myself! Aunt Mary always told me how my brother Joey said (when I was ready) something very, very nice.
I will always Miss my loveley Aunt!
And to this day I remove seeds from watermelons for my husband which I learned as a child in Cincinnati, OH in the 70's in the apartment that Rhonda and I used to play dind dong ditch! (I only buy seedless now)