Carmela Maria McIntire

CARMELA MARIA (RUGGERO) MCINTIRE Carmela Maria (Ruggero) McIntire, 80, of Santa Fe, New Mexico passed away peacefully on April 7, 2014 with her loving family at her side. Carmela was born August 1, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Lucio Ruggero and Maria Cutaia of Campofelice di Fitalia, Sicily. She was educated in Chicago Catholic Schools and graduated with a degree in Education from Loyola University in 1954. After graduation she married John Roberts McIntire. Their first child was born in the US Army Hospital at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Returning to Chicago, John and Carmela raised four children as she pursued a teaching career in local schools and community colleges. Later, while residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she continued teaching English as a Second Language while assisting Vietnamese "boat people" refugees from their arrival in the U.S. to becoming citizens. Carmela is much loved and admired by South East Asians in Michigan. Carmela developed Multiple Sclerosis in the 1970s which progressed throughout her lifetime. Nevertheless she remained active in Michigan and later in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She published the M.S. Newsletter for the respected M.S. Program of Fairview Hospital System, and was active in the Community of St. Stephens Church, Minneapolis. She was loved by all who ever knew her, she was known for her graciousness, cheerfulness, laughter, generosity and open heart. She will be missed by friends and family across the country and overseas. Carmela is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Santo (Mary Kiss) Ruggero, and her sister Elena (Albert Allen). She is survived by her loving husband John. They would have celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 5, 2014. She is also survived by her children: Joseph (Meri) McIntire of Peoria, Illinois; John G. McIntire of Naperville, Illinois; Paul McIntire (Cynthia Solarz) of Boston, Massachusetts and Ann Marie McIntire (Phyllis Wojchik) of Hudson, Wisconsin. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, April 10 at 10am at Cristo Rey Catholic Church, 1120 Canyon Road . Visitation is at the church from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to mass. The burial will be Friday, April 11 at 9:45 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com

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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-8600
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2014