Mary Ann DeRuvo

Published 10:11pm Monday, January 21, 2013

Mary Ann Mercantante DeRuvo of Columbus died Jan. 17, 2013 in Hospice of the Carolina Foothills House, Landrum, SC.

Born in White Plains, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Rose Gennodie Mercantante and was the widow of Theodore DeRuvo who died in l988. They moved to Charlotte in l985 and lived there until she moved to Columbus in 2009 to be closer to her family.

Mary was a charter member of the Busy Bunch Craft Club at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Charlotte and worked year round making handmade Christmas ornaments to give to patients at St. Luke’s Hospital, Hospice and the Center of Compassion in Dover Plains, N.Y.

Surviving are her son, Lou DeRuvo and daughter-in-love Pam of Mill Spring; grandson Louis (Casie) of Gaffney, S.C. and two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Alivia DeRuvo; a sister, Antoinette Nanerillo of Valhalla, N.Y. and many nieces and nephews and special friends from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church including Mike and Dianne McEntee and Deacon Joe. She was preceded in death by her son Theodore, Jr. (Bobby), brothers Lois (Junior), Nicholas (Nicky) and Alfonso (Sonny) Mercantante and her feline companion of many years, “Boy.”

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 with Deacon Joseph Fugere officiating.

Interment will be held at a later date in Hawthorne, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Drive, Columbus, N.C. 28722 or Foothills Humane Society, 928 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC 28722.

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