Domenica "Mamie" Alonso
October 23, 1927 – May 27, 2021
Domenica “Mamie” Alonso, 93, passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Giovanni & Giuseppa Messina Militello, sister Lily Militello McGraw, nephew Charles McGraw, nephew Johnny McGraw, niece Nancy McGraw-Allen, and beloved husband Fernando “Fred”. She is survived by children Richard Alonso (Frances) and Kathryn Richardson (David) all of Tampa, FL; grandchildren Jennifer Garcia (Willie) of Yardley, PA, Richard Alonso Jr. (Katherine) of Clearwater, FL, Yvette Ynocencio of Tampa, FL; step-grandchildren Staci Caudill and Kristina Maynard (Mike) all of Ashland, KY; great grandchildren Andrew Garcia, Gabriella Garcia, Anna Alonso, TJ Alonso. Step-great grandchildren Drake Richardson, Lacey Gehringer, Dillon Caudill, Brooklyn Gehringer, Layla Tussey, numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Mamie was born in Ybor City and proud of her Italian Sicilian heritage since her father was from Santo Stefano Quisquina and her mother from Alessandria Della Rocca. She graduated high school from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in 1946 and was a lifelong devout Catholic. Mamie and Fred were members of St. Lawrence Catholic Church faithfully attending mass every Sunday while sitting in the same pew for over thirty years as well as praying her rosary every day. Mamie and Fred were married for seventy years at the time of his passing in 2020. During their honeymoon they went to Tampa Bay Downs, a place they would visit frequently as well as Jai Lai and the Dog Track which later they enjoyed with close friends and family. Fred and Mamie went dancing every Saturday evening after having dinner at their favorite restaurant, Café Pepe’s, with Mamie beautifully dressed head to toe. The family spent countless vacations at Clearwater Beach swimming in the gulf, playing shuffleboard and tennis. Mamie enjoyed working and retired after twenty-five years as a nurse for Dr. Eugene Costantino and Dr. Joseph Emory Harlow. Mamie also loved to attend concerts and theatre performances experiencing numerous yearly “girl trips” to New York City to watch Broadway plays. She listened to all types of music from Il Vollo, to the Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5. She enjoyed puzzles, crafts and sewing spending countless hours hand-beading several wedding dresses as well as making Christmas decorations, Halloween costumes and a beautiful bassinet skirt. Mamie was able to travel to Italy and Sicily several times visiting the areas in which her parents were born as well as attending an audience with the Pope at the Vatican. Her biggest joy, however, was spending time or talking on the phone with her children, grand-children and great grand-children. The family is grateful for the support of many friends especially from C R La Mansion, Leslie Vellas, her hair stylist, who continued to style her hair weekly. A special thanks to Baycare Home Health/Homecare, Lifepath Hospice and the Melech Hospice House for their care. A Life Celebration for both Fred and Mamie will be held 6-8 pm, Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories, 4207 E Lake Ave, Tampa, FL 33610.
A Life Celebration
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories
Myrtle Hill Memorial Park
Domenica "Mamie" Alonso
June 16, 2021
Nana, I am so thankful for you! We spent so much time together cooking, baking, crafting and talking on the phone almost every day. I miss hearing your laugh every day. My love of arts and crafts is because of you, we did so many projects together that I will never forget. Not only I, but my friends grew up at your house and you always made everyone feel like part of the family. I will miss you forever. I love you -Yvette
June 14, 2021
Dear Richard, Fran, Rich, Jennie, and family,
Mamie was truly a jewel of a lady. I will always be thankful for having known her. Let the memories of her love be a treasure you always keep in your hearts.
June 12, 2021
Nana, I will forever cherish our time together. Your unconditional love and compassion are forever engraved in my heart and lessons I will further pass along to my children. I learned so much from you over the years. Some of my greatest and most memorable times were spent talking to you on your front porch about the early days of Ybor city and West Tampa. You always placed family above anything and I can only thank you. You will be greatly missed. I love you,
June 12, 2021
Thank you Nana for all of the wonderful days we spent together. I will forever be grateful for the time we got and all that you taught me. I am especially grateful for the time you had with Andrew and Gabi. Those days at the park with you practicing baseball with Drew while Nano pushed Gabi in the swing after school will be memories they will forever carry with them.
I love and miss you!!
June 11, 2021
Mom there are not enough words to describe what you meant to us but an old Italian saying says it all “ Una Mamma Italiana E Una Benedizione Di Dio”.
June 11, 2021
Mamie, did you ever realize how much I admired you? There was nothing you didn’t excel at ***except driving***! Your patience, nurturing nature, glass half full attitude, and beauty were beyond anyone I’ve ever known. You never tired of cooking delicious meals, cleaning to the point that it would pass hospital standards, playing with all your great grandchildren on the floor for hours and never once complained. It was amazing watching your endurance and ability to do anything like playing piano, sing with your perfect pitch, be the best shopper, give the best gifts, and be the absolute best at playing jacks! My heart just smiles when I remember how wonderful you were and how blessed I was to call you my mother-in-law.
June 10, 2021
Mom, your memory is a treasure I will hold in my heart forever. I miss your hugs and the warmth I felt when my arms were wrapped around you. I miss hearing you say, "I Love You!", and me saying, "I Love You More!" in return.
June 1, 2021
To the Alonso Family:
Blount & Curry Funeral Home at Garden of Memories extends its heartfelt condolences. Our sympathy and thoughts are with you.
Director of First Impressions