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Mary T. Gerace
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Mrs. Mary T. (DiGristina) Gerace, 87, went to her eternal home on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, FL.

Mary was born in Frankfort, NY, on August 12, 1929, one of seven children of James and Florence (Blandina) DiGristina. She was educated in local schools and a graduate of TR Proctor High School.

On April 26, 1952, Mary was joined in marriage to Dominick “Mickey” Gerace. Together they raised their three children in New Hartford and shared a loving marriage filled with commitment to each other and family for over forty years. Mary and Mickey enjoyed many summers camping in the Adirondack Mountains and winters in their Venice, FL home.

Mary is predeceased by her beloved husband, Mickey and devoted son, James. She was an active member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church, as well as, a member of its St. Ann Society. A devoted mother and wife, Mary enjoyed cooking, baking, knitting, and working at her nephew Joey Juliano’s produce stand.

She is survived by her beloved family, son and daughter-in-law, Francis D. and Linda (Pape) Gerace, of Palmetto, FL, daughter and son-in-law, Rose Maria and Michael Benedetto, of Venice, FL; beloved grandchildren, Maria and Dr. Ronald Vitullo, Dominick and Stephanie Gerace, Dr. Vanessa and Noel Bouché, Francesca and Matthew Jensen, Catherine Gerace, Paul Hafenecker, Michael and Kim Benedetto, Brigitt LaVigne, and Marco and Nicole Benedetto; 19 great grandchildren; siblings, Leo DiGristina, Rose Juliano, Clara Lidano, and Cecelia Amey; sisters-in-law, Mary DiGristina and Ellen Gerace; brothers-in-law, William (Bill) Amey and Joseph Gabiger; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Nancy Spohn; brother, Rosario (Charlie) DiGristina; brothers-in-law, Anthony Spohn, Joseph Juliano, Joseph Lidano, James Gerace, Cosmo Gerace, Victor Gerace, Joseph Gerace, Pasquale “Patsy” Gerace, Salvatore Gerace, Frank Commesso, and Vincent Femia; and sisters-in-law, Clara DiGristina, Rose Femia, Carmella Commesso, Frances Gabiger, Angela Gerace, Sarah Gerace, and Rosemary Gerace. Mary’s family would also like to express their appreciation of the late-in-life friendship of Mr. Albert Mancuso.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Private entombment will take place beside her husband in Calvary Mausoleum. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St, at Mohawk St, Utica, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Tidewell Hospice, 12050 N. Access Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33981 or at

For directions to the funeral home, click the link above.
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Dear Frank & Linda, Rose Maria & Mike and your families, We send our deepest sympathy to you all during this difficult time. I received this saying on a card from a friend that I love and want to share. "Grief, I've learned, is really love. Its all the love you want to give and cannot. All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go." Rest in peace my dear sister, with love. Bill and Ceil Amey

Written by Bil and Ceil Amey
2017-05-23 1:31:12 PM

Dear Rose, Mike and Family, We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Frank & Wanda

Written by Frank & Wanda Arcuri
2017-05-25 10:08:39 PM

So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Written by Fred and Ann Marie Matrulli
2017-05-26 7:42:54 PM