Theo Mitchell Amatrano

February 25, 1919January 25, 2013

Theo Florence Mitchell Amatrano

Who was born in Greenwood, SC on February 25, 1919 died on January 25, 2013, just one month before her 94th birthday. Theo was married to her husband Vincent P. Amatrano, MD for over fifty years at the time of his death in 1994. She was predeceased by her parents, Lucile and Buren Mitchell, her sister Avis Colee Swoop Shybly, and her brother Mike Mitchell and her sister-in-law Anna Amatrano Bordenstein and husband Buddy.

Her early years were spent in Key West, FL where her father worked for the Florida East Coast Champion Railroad. The family moved to New Smyrna Beach, FL in 1932 and she graduated from New Smyrna Beach High School. Theo attended Gallagher School of Nursing in Washington, DC. Upon receiving her RN degree, she worked at Gallagher Hospital where she met her future husband, Vincent, a young intern from Georgetown University School of Medicine. They were married in Washington DC on November 29, 1941. While they were on their honeymoon, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

An Army Air Force Reservist, Dr. Amatrano was called back to Washington DC and like so many of the “Greatest Generation” began serving in the South Pacific in 1942. Upon his discharge, they moved to Kingston, NY. There Theo helped her husband in his practice for over 30 years. She was the office nurse until 1950. They then moved house and office to 262 Broadway and she became Command Central, helping arrange appointments, house calls and filling in as a nurse. She also raised their four children, served as president of the Benedictine Hospital Auxiliary, and served on many committees for St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and Saint Ursula’s Academy. Theo and Vince loved traveling around the world. They enjoyed the grace Lines Stockholder Cruises to the Caribbean every November. They took the family all over the United States and Canada, loved the NY theatre and racing at Saratoga in the summer. Upon retiring to River Bend, Tequesta, Florida, Theo played golf with the 9 holer’s, volunteered at the Jupiter Hospital Thrift Shop for over 25 years, and continued to travel with Vince. She was his special nurse during his four year bout with Cancer.

She is survived by one son and three daughters, Vincent Amatrano, wife Bonnie of Phoenicia, NY and daughters Megan and Faye; Peggy Fallon, husband Joe of Hobe Sound, FL and her three children; Rosemary Preisser Horvath, husband Jim and their two sons Jimmy and Paulie; John A. Preisser, wife Catherine and their two children, Parker and Whitney; and Paul V. Preisser, wife Tanya and daughter Shelby; Lucille Manganallo, husband Joseph of New Jersey and her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lisa Tuft, and step-son Chris Manganallo; Helen Amatrano Feldman and husband Mark of New York City and St. Petersburg, FL. Also survived by her brother Jack Mitchell, a retired NYC celebrity photographer of New Smyrna Beach, FL (he took the photo above). Theo also leaves nieces Diane Fleight, Anne Burhans, and Suzanne Colee, and nephews Fred and Frank Bordenstein, Harold (Julian) and Curtis Colee. Many devoted family and friends. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 29th at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church, 204 US Highway 1, Tequesta. There will be a viewing preceding the Mass at 9:30 am, Aycock-Riverside Funeral Home 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter.

The family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice 110 Century Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417 or to Regis Prep School, 55 E 84th Street, New York, NY 10028.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 29, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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February 1, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss. The death of a loved one is never an easy experience to go through, however, know that you can always turn to God for comfort. May His comfort sustain you as you go through this difficult time. Matthew 5:4

Vince Dougherty

January 30, 2013

Lucille, I have so many nice memories of the parties at you house and the many afternoons at the pool and all of them include you Mom being so warm and friendly. She was a special lady. My thoughts and prayers to you, Peggy, Vincent and Helen.

Vince and Onnie Dougherty

T Williams

January 30, 2013

May you find comfort from our Heavenly Father. Through prayer allow him to be your strength and support. Ps. 46:2; 1Cor. 1:3

John D Crews

January 28, 2013

Dr. Amatrano delivered me in 1966 and was my Dr. until his retirement. I remember Mrs. Amatrano fondly. She was such a gracious and graceful lady. My sincerest condolences to her family.

Kevin Cloonan

January 28, 2013

Seems like just yesterday we were swimming in the pool. Wonderful lady I can here her southern accent today. Sorry for your loss but we have lot of great memories.

Kevin Cloonan

Barbara King Bachta

January 28, 2013

Lucille, sending love and prayers to you and your family. I have fond memories of your mom. I especially remember feeling so grown up after the Coronation Ball when we were freshman and having cherries jubilee at your house after the ball. Your mom was so gracious and welcoming.

MaryKay Johnson

January 28, 2013

Three generations of my family were fortunate enough to have the care of Dr. and Mrs.Amatrano. My Dad was one of the Dr.'s first patients in Kingston. When I had children, Mrs. Amatrano would answer the phone and talk to me mother to mother about any concerns I had and would either calm my fears, give me advice, or told me to "bring them in" if she felt the need. Always a lady, what a team they made. As sad as I am for your loss, it warms my heart to think of them together once more. I think of the saying about "Behind every great man...." but in this case the great man had a great woman right next to him. Lucille, to you,Peggy, Helen, Vincent, and your families..I send love, sympathy, and gratitude for having your Dad, and wonderful Mother touch my life in so many ways. MaryKay Maurer Johnson

Andrea Newman-Winston

January 28, 2013

My deepest sympathies on your loss.

Bob and Maria kunkel

January 27, 2013

We met Theo just once when she stayed at our condo with Lucille and Joe. She was a wonderful lady. We know you will be comforted by happy memories. Love, Maria and Bob Kunkel

Bob and Pat Geipel

January 27, 2013

What a lovely, lovely lady Mrs. Amatrano was to all who met her and came to know her. When I was a child and teenager she was warm and welcoming and also a mentor to me as a future nurse. Later, when I was a senior in high school she shared books with me that she used in a recent history course she took and that inspired me so that I actually found I could write and enjoy research, reading and indeed history. She influenced so many is quiet ways. Her southern charm was always evident and when she spoke with you she listened. I think most of us would remember the wonderful teenage parties she would give on the behalf of her children and their friends of both sexes. These summer dance parties in the patio helped us overcome our shyness and become more confident, both in our dancing, and in our ability to relate to teens we did not know and make new friends.
My parents became friends with Dr and Mrs. Amatrano through the CFM (Catholic Family Movement) gatherings at church and in the homes in the 1950's. That started a personal friendship that continued through all of their retirement years in Florida. They supported one another in those years raising children and in the heart concerns as their children grew, married, had their own children, watched their children leave home, move away and go through their own personal struggles. And, in their retirement years, that same friendship and support and care remained as their spouses would go one by one to be with their Lord. Friendships never die.
Although we grieve for a while, we are thankful that Theo was gift to us and finally is now with her Lord, her husband, family and friends who preceded her into the fullness of life in God. As we pray for her, we can be confident that she will be praying for us, always.
Much love to all her family,
Bob and Pat Geipel