GREENFIELD -- Mary Ellen (Curtin) Bompastore, 82, of Green River Road, died early Saturday morning (4/28) with her husband Gelio at her side. Her children and family were continually by her side for the past week while Mary was under the care of the wonderful staff at the Buckley HealthCare Center in Greenfield.
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Mary was born in Northampton on October 9, 1929, the daughter of John T. and Mary Curtin, where she grew up. She graduated from St. Michaels High School in Northampton in June of 1946 at the age of 16. She went on to attend and graduate from Mercy School of Nursing in Springfield. In 1950, Mary went to work for the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton as a nurse in the obstetrics unit.
Mary met the love of her life Gelio (Geo) Bompastore on a blind date and they were married June 15, 1953. Mary kept working, both at Cooley Dickinson and Franklin County Public Hospital while raising her family. She ultimately ended her nursing career after the birth of her fifth child, Carole. Mary and Geo raised their nine children in Greenfield.
In the early seventies, Mary and Geo helped their dear friend David Berelson build and open Phases Restaurant in Bernardston, now known as Bella Notte.
In 1980 Mary went to work as the Assistant Director of the Parent Child Development Center where she was a pioneer, playing an instrumental role in establishing regional family daycare programs. She retired from the agency in 1992. She enjoyed both national and local politics and served as a Precinct Warden at the local level.
Mary was affectionately known as "Happy" by her grandchildren. For the past 50 years Mary and her husband "Papa Geo" would host Sunday dinners at their home which were attended by large groups of up to 40 people or more. Papa Geo did what he loves doing best, cooking for the masses of family and friends, while Mary kept abreast of the activities and the happenings of her children, grandchildren and their families. Over the years Happy and Papa Geo could be seen at local sporting events cheering on their children and grandchildren.
After their retirement, Mary and Gelio purchased a winter home in Naples, Florida where for 15 years they delighted in providing vacation opportunities for their children and grandchildren. It was from their home in Naples that their much-loved family would visit Disney World and other Florida attractions. As in Greenfield, Mary and Geo provided love and comfort for their welcomed and anticipated visitors. In 2005 they moved from Naples to the The Villages, a retirement community just outside of Orlando.
They had a large family that grew with every passing year to include friends of their children and grandchildren. A strong and loving bond was evident, always embracing the saying ''the more the merrier.''
Besides her husband Gelio, Mary leaves behind her nine children, John Bompastore of Greenfield, Mary Lisa Murphy and her husband Thomas of Greenfield, Michael Bompastore and his wife Cynthia of Greenfield, Nicholine Bompastore of Munich, Germany, Carole Lemay and her husband Fran of Greenfield, Joseph Bompastore of Greenfield and his former wife Sarah Bompastore of Shelburne, Martina Merrigan and her husband John of Greenfield, Darrel Bompastore of South Boston, Emma Marscher and her husband Stephen of Greenfield. She also leaves her sister Johanna Paleologopoulos and her husband Paul of Agawam, her sister-in-law Sheila Curtin of Easthampton, her brother Michael Curtin and his wife Bonnie of Hadley, her sisters-in-law Mary Yarmac and Italia Bompastore of Greenfield and her dear family friend Dolores Gagnon of Greenfield.
She leaves behind eighteen grandchildren, Brian, Jacob, Brandis, Patrick, Meghan, Brady, Emily, Christopher, Michael, Nicholas, Connor, Johanna, Carley, Kelsey, Cameron, Mikayla, Sarah, Gaetano and two great grandchildren, Caris and Vincenzo.
Mary was predeceased by her brothers Thomas, James and John Curtin and her brothers-in-law Nicholas Bompastore and Raymond Yarmac.
Mary was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield.
A Liturgy of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main St., Greenfield, with the Monsignor Ronald G. Yargeau officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal Street, Greenfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301 or Patient Need Fund, 164 High Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.
Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com
Published in The Recorder on Apr. 30, 2012