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Obituary: Mary Ann DelPapa DeNiro

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Mary Ann DeNiro, 388 East 4800 South, Murray, Utah died July 17, 2001 following a long illness. She has been called home by her Heavenly Father where her earthly body that has been ravaged by age and illness will be reunited with a healthy body and soul. She never questioned His divine plan for her nor ever complained. Her faith and devotion never wavered.

Mary Ann was born May 28, 1912 at Globe, Colorado to Carmine and Biondina Maria Marcovecchio along with her biological twin sister Jennie C. DelPapa Smith. Jennie died at age 59 on May 30, 1971. She was preceded in death by an infant brother Angelo who died at five years of age, and an older brother Anthony (Red) DelPapa on April 4, 2000.

Surviving is her brother in-law Bill Smith who married Jennie.

Mary Ann's father Carmine DelPapa was born April 14, 1885 in Agnone, Italy. Biondina was born March 31, 1893 in Agnone, Italy to Luggio and Filomena Masciotra. They were married in Italy in 1909. Biondina was 15 at the time and the marriage was arranged by the families. The marriage must have been ordained in heaven based on the love and length of the marriage. Her parents immigrated to America and moved in 1912 and resided in Tooele, Utah in "New Town" where immigrants of many nationalities settled and worked. Her father worked at the Tooele Smelter for 42 years. The strength of the community was its diversity and work ethic. Her father died at 87 years of age and her mother at 86.

Mary Ann married William DeNiro on December, 1932 in Tooele. His father Felix DeNiro immigrated to America and married Rose Pallota. Felix was a smelter worker at the Murray Smelter when Murray was a smelter town and a farming community. He began buying farm ground and raising row crops. The family home was built in 1923 and still stands at 441 East 4800 South, Murray.

She and Bill farmed the soil and raised produce that was sold at the old Growers Market that sat on the site where the Salt Lake Hilton Hotel now stands. The Market opened each morning at 6:00 a.m. and individual buyers, truckers and representatives from the wholesale produce houses shopped for quality and variety. Safeway emerged as a major volume buyer. The family farm was sold in 1994. The family survived the Great Depression through hard work and integrity. Dad died September 10, 1966. Mom's journey from that time to the present has been a long and lonely one.

They had three children, Rosemary, Bill and Caral Ann. Caral Ann lived but one day. Rosemary survives mom and dad. Bill had three children that also survive their grandparents along with him. Dan William, Dawndi and Debe Ann DeNiro Ashton. Debe and Kim are the proud parents of two children, Taylor Ashton and Josie Marie Ashton.

Mary Ann is a former member of the Italian American Civic League, St. Vincent Altar Society and the Golden Club. She did volunteer work at the Shelter when her health allowed it. She especially enjoyed keeping the Parish history book. She was an exceptional cook, loved her garden and flowers and especially loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I never went home following a school activity, practice or game when mom did not have food on the stove or in the oven waiting for me. If it was food for the family that I did not especially like she always had something special prepared for me.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Sat. 11 a.m., July 21, 2001 at the St. Vincent Catholic Church 1375 E. Spring Lane, where friends may call from 10-10:55 a.m. Interment will be at the Murray City Cemetery, 5600 S. Vine Street, Murray. Funeral directors Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary. Most of Mary Ann and Bill's family, friends, and associates preceded them in death.

You are cordially invited to attend a celebration of life back at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 1375 E. Spring Lane, Holladay immediately following the burial. Please share in the celebration and final earthly toast.

Special thanks and appreciation is expressed to Delores Chapman who has been an eternal friend, Liz Valdez, Robert and Marie (DeNiro) Davis for their love and caring. Gene Smith who never forgot mom and to Debra Miller owner of Holladay Home for her love and many kindnesses and those of her excellent staff and the doctors and staff at Cottonwood Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Peter Sundwall and staff for extraordinary expert medical care properly mixed with love and compassion. Gratitude to the health care staff at Highland Care Center and especially nurses, Joan, Yvonne, and Selena.

With love, your son Bill