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Mary Adelaide Campanale

Obituary for: Mary A. Campanale (Gasbarro)
Mary Adelaide Campanale passed away October 5, 2020 at the age of 96 at home surrounded by family and stepped into the loving and waiting arms of her mother and father, husband Philip and seven siblings all whom she dearly missed and asked for often.  Though living into her nineties vascular dementia took our mom from us much sooner than before her passing. She was born on March 9, 1924 to Italian immigrant parents Alfredo and Antonietta (Mazzocco) Gasbarro.  She was very proud of her Italian heritage and carried on the wonderful traditions of holidays and special celebrations until she no longer could.  Her inherited gift to cook amazing meals especially Italian dishes and the Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes was one of her specialties our family looked forward to it every Christmas.

Mary graduated from Akron North High School in 1943.  Soon after graduation Mary started work at Firestone Plant One as a key punch operator and through Firestone attended a course at IBM and advanced to a tire specification position in the Auditing and Tabulating department.  She was instrumental in organizing many North High class reunions often with 2 days of activities with the last one being their 60th year reunion in 2003.  She did all bookkeeping for 25 plus years for Phil's State Road Shell service station in Cuyahoga Falls and their rental properties all at a small desk, her "office" in the corner of their room.   Mary was a long time member of St. Anthony's Parish and Castel di Sangro Ladies Auxiliary. 
Mary and Phil had a full and blessed life together for 60 years of marriage before his passing in 2005.  They met at a St. Patrick's Day dance in 1939 at North Hill's Italian Center and were "sweethearts" for 5 years.  They were married at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Aug. 11, 1945.  After being married Mary joined Phil who was in the Army Air Force stationed in Washington, D.C. at then named Andrews Air Force Base (Joint Base Andrews). They returned to Akron after Phil was discharged in Feb. 1946 where they started their family.  What was to be a two week "vacation" at Phil's suggestion, Mary took to family season camping, much to our surprise, for 18 years at Tamsin Park in Peninsula and Whispering Pines in Atwater.  Even when camping or at a picnic we rarely missed having a Sunday spaghetti dinner.  Mary and Phil spent 24 years wintering in Florida at their Clearwater condo home.  Some of our most wonderful memories are of watching mom and dad dancing at weddings and at one time popular social club dinner-dances.  We think mom was the only dance partner who could keep up with dad on the dance floor. They enjoyed music together at home, at outdoor concert events and festivals year round but most of all any gatherings with family and friends around a dining room table with food, coffee and maybe even a bottle of wine.  Since 2010 Mary resided at senior independent living, assisted living and memory care communities and at home again with family.  Even though mom's memories of family, friends and places had faded in most recent years passed she never stopped swaying and tapping to the sound of music. 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, husband Philip and infant granddaughter Bianca Brookover. She was the last of eight siblings and preceded in death by brothers Louie (Alice), John and Alfred (Dorothy) Gasbarro, sisters Delia Antonino (Frank), infant brother Frank, twin to Lucy Flasco (Steve) and Gloria Leonard (Dick), cousin Mary Thornburg, sisters in law Antoinette Micale (Frank), Isabel Daguanno (Joe), niece Mary Margaret Leonard, great niece Christine Antonino and great nephew Cliff Gasbarro, nephews Bernard Micale and Frank Spano. She is survived by daughters Dolores Brookover (Fred) of Kissimmee, Florida, Marie Buehler (Michael) of Tallmadge, and Phyllis Craig (Mark-"Willie") of Akron; grandchildren Theresa Hunsucker (Chris) and Philip Brookover, Jennifer Archer (Patrick) and David Buehler (Becky); great-grandchildren Nickolas and Kate Archer, Joey and Tommy Buehler; step-grandchildren Shawn (Tracy), Brian (Jessica) and Jason Craig (Donna) and their five children and many loving nieces and nephews.
 As a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, nonni, great-grandmother and "paisan" in many wonderful friendships Mary's journey on this earth has been a long one, experiencing the many seasons that life encounters.  She loved to plan family events and social get-togethers.  In her final years when she was not capable of doing much on her own she would always ask "what should I be doing?"  She was a detail person, making notes of everything she did.  We are thankful for the many life lessons she taught us and for the many things she has done for us, especially the three beautiful Italian weddings.  May she now be at peace and whole again in soul and mind.  We love you and we deeply miss you Mom, until we meet again.
We would like to express our deep appreciation for the brief but loving care Mom received from Crossroads Hospice Care. We are grateful for the many family and friends thoughts and prayers. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 11:00 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 83 Mosser Place, Akron, Ohio 44310 with , Celebrant Rev Father Rdward Burba.  Visitation will be Friday from 9:30 am - 10:30 am at Hennessy-Bagnoli-Moore Funeral Home (corner of N. Main St. and Mildred Ave.).  Mary's final resting place will be Holy Cross Cemetery.  
Due to Covid-19, we respectively request that those attending visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will practice social distancing and wear face masks.  If you are unable to attend or do not wish to attend, we understand and all love and prayers will be appreciated.

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Hi Phyllis & Willy, Just saw the video of your mom and dad. What great memories it brought back of 2 wonderful people.
Thanks for the photos. Ron and I want to extend our great sympathy for your loss. Loved your mon and dad. Ron & Janice Ciccaelli

Janice Ciccarelli Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Diane for your kind thoughts and happy memories. Your mom Elvie and mom lived longfull lives.But suddenly their time with usseems too short.But someday we will all meet again. Thank you again.Sincerely.

Phyllis Craig Oct 22 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Diane for your kind thoughts and happy memories.Like your mom she had quite a journey.They both had such long lives. Missing mom but I know she is happier and whole again. Take care especially during theseunprecedented times.

Phyllis Craig Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

Dolores, Marie and Phyllis. I was so sorry to read about your mother. She certainly always enjoyed the music whenever I saw her. I watched you girls take such good care of her. You were devoted to visiting her and making sure she was happy. You can take comfort in what good daughters you were. My sympathy to all of you and your husbands and extended family.

Diane Fabrizio Hummel Oct 18 2020 12:00 AM

Mario and Janet,
Thank you for your kind thoughts! She always enjoyed your company and especially your Italian connection, we had fun with that! I am comforted knowing that she now can be happy with those she has been missing. We deeply miss her but we will meet again someday.

Phyllis Craig Oct 13 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you, Mary Anne and Ed,
I could feel your hug. Thank you, Mom is at peace and reunited with Dad, parents and siblings. They waited a long time for her journey on.

Dolores Oct 12 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Jon! There had to be a joyful family reunion underway with mom's passing. That brings me much comfort in saying goodbye to her.

Phyllis Craig Oct 12 2020 12:00 AM

R.I.P. Aunt Mary,
It always amazed me at spaghetti dinners, Aunt Mary almost always had a white top on, and never got a drop of sauce (gravy) on her white top! Give my Mom, Dad, Cliff, & all the deceased relatives a "BIG HUG" for me!!!
Thoughts & prayers to your family!

Jon Gasbarro Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Dolores and Fred,
Sympathy and Love to you on the loss of your mom. She certainly had a full life. I'm so sorry we can't see you in person to give you a big hug, but know you are in out thoughts and prayers.

Ed and Mary Anne Sebak Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Willie and Phyllis, Mary was a wonderful person who loved her family very much. She will be very much missed but be thankful she is finally at peace. She has been reunited with her other loved ones and will be forever happy. We are so sorry for your loss.

Mario and Janet Granieri Oct 8 2020 12:00 AM

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