OBITUARY

MaryAnn D. Spinella

February 19, 1946May 7, 2019
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MaryAnn D. ‘Little Honey’ Spinella, of Hunt Valley, Maryland, died on May 7, 2019 at Stella Maris Hospice after suffering a stroke of April 27th.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of John DiStefano, a commercial construction superintendent, and Ann Lombardo, a homemaker. She attended West Islip (NY) High School, destined to meet her future husband, a fellow high school alumnus, J. John Spinella, a medical malpractice insurance executive, in 1966 while he was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Andrews AFB. They married in 1969 and lived initially in Forestville, Maryland; together, they lived in Cortland, New York, Hartford, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, finally settling in Hunt Valley, Maryland in 1983.

A devoted and spiritual person, MaryAnn was a homemaker and volunteer with Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, where she served on the development committee and chaperoned multiple NDPS social functions until her daughters’ graduation in 1990/91. She then worked as a receptionist for MCI Corporation and in the personnel department of Sinai Hospital’s LifeBridge Health Center. In her leisure hours, she enjoyed the theater, rock and roll music, pop culture, Yankees baseball and displaying her vintage Snow Village towns during the Christmas season.

Recalled by her spouse and many friends as a deeply devoted and loving mother to her daughters, a friendly advisor to their classmates, and a natural people person with an infectious laugh; her depth of character and love were often on display during more than fifty years of marriage to John.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two loving daughters and their spouses, Donna and Tom Wither of Havre de Grace, Maryland, Debra and Carmine Rauso of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; three grandsons: Nicholas, Joseph, and Anthony; a sister Linda, her spouse Gerald Haas, a nephew Tom Sconzo, all of Yaphank, New York; and a niece Shannon and her husband Gerome Gardner of Sunland, California.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, 200 Ware Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204 at 11:00 am.

In Celebration of her vibrance, brightness, and love of bright colors, MaryAnn's family invites everyone to please wear bright vibrant apparel to the gathering and Mass.

Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in MaryAnn’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, please reference Memorial ID #11633990, or please visit www.stjude.org and reference Memorial ID#.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, May 11, 2019

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Linda Venarchik

May 12, 2019

I worked with Maryann at Lifebridge and we would meet for dinner when she retired. She was a Beautiful person inside and out
Linda

Leslie Wright

May 10, 2019

I first met MaryAnn when we both lived in the Hartford, CT area. We both had daughters around the same ages, and we both were pretty young at the time. How much I enjoyed getting together with MaryAnn. She had an infectious laugh, and a way about her that led to lots of fun and conversation. Our husbands continued to be in touch, but it became harder for us to get together, as we no longer lived in the same areas. But we did get together in NYC - where our girls were very excited to see Al Pacino racing by, filming “The Scent of a Woman!

The last time we were together was at the beach house in Cape May, NJ. It was a great time, laughing, comparing notes, wandering through the shops and at the beach.

MaryAnn, I’m sorry you passed so quickly. I am saddened to know that I will not see you again in this life. May you Rest In Peace. My love to John, Donna and Debbie. May you retain the most wonderful of memories always.

Don and Sharon Imwold

May 8, 2019

Maryann was such a beautiful and caring long time friend.I will treasure all our happy times of lunch and dinner.Our conversations were caring and meaningful.God has a SPECIAL PLACE for her in heaven and she is one of Gods saints. Her family is so blessed as she raised 2 beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband.My memories of Maryann will be with my heart forever.
John, if we can be of any help you have our number
God love and bless Maryann and she will remain in our prayers forever.
Love
Sharon and Don Imwold
xo

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Biography

MaryAnn D. ‘Little Honey’ Spinella, of Hunt Valley, Maryland, died on May 7, 2019 at Stella Maris Hospice after suffering a stroke of April 27th.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of John DiStefano, a commercial construction superintendent, and Ann Lombardo, a homemaker. She attended West Islip (NY) High School, destined to meet her future husband, a fellow high school alumnus, J. John Spinella, a medical malpractice insurance executive, in 1966 while he was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Andrews AFB. They married in 1969 and lived initially in Forestville, Maryland; together, they lived in Cortland, New York, Hartford, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, finally settling in Hunt Valley, Maryland in 1983.

A devoted and spiritual person, MaryAnn was a homemaker and volunteer with Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, where she served on the development committee and chaperoned multiple NDPS social functions until her daughters’ graduation in 1990/91. She then worked as a receptionist for MCI Corporation and in the personnel department of Sinai Hospital’s LifeBridge Health Center. In her leisure hours, she enjoyed the theater, rock and roll music, pop culture, Yankees baseball and displaying her vintage Snow Village towns during the Christmas season.

Recalled by her spouse and many friends as a deeply devoted and loving mother to her daughters, a friendly advisor to their classmates, and a natural people person with an infectious laugh; her depth of character and love were often on display during more than fifty years of marriage to John.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two loving daughters and their spouses, Donna and Tom Wither of Havre de Grace, Maryland, Debra and Carmine Rauso of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; three grandsons: Nicholas, Joseph, and Anthony; a sister Linda, her spouse Gerald Haas, a nephew Tom Sconzo, all of Yaphank, New York; and a niece Shannon and her husband Gerome Gardner of Sunland, California.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, 200 Ware Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204 at 11:00 am.

Interment Private.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in MaryAnn’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, please reference Memorial ID #11633990, or please visit www.stjude.org and reference Memorial ID#.