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Mary Cito

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Mary Navalesi Cito (Nonni)

Mary Navalesi Cito (Nonni) a long time resident of Albuquerque passed away November 6, 2017. She was born in Walsenburg, CO in 1919. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Vinzie Navelesi; her brothers, Henry, Bruno, and Gene; and by her husband of 65 years, Frank Cito.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Stephen Cito and wife, Debbie; her sister, Theresa Campagnola; and her sister-in-law, Nadine Navalesi. Mary is also survived by three grandsons, Dr. Michael Cito and his wife, Allison, Marc Cito and his wife, Alana; and Joseph Cito; as well as her cherished great-grandchildren, Luke, Dillon, Gianna Marie, and Daniel.

Mary graduated as valedictorian from her high school in Sterling, Colorado and earned a scholarship to a university in Denver. After graduating from business school she accepted a position with the United States Federal Government in Washington D.C. during World War II. After World War II, she was transferred to a position with the Indian Health Service in Albuquerque, where she would meet her husband Frank and would eventually retire after 32 years of federal service.

Mary and her husband Frank enjoyed traveling the world, especially cruises and weekend trips to their summer homes in Elephant Butte, NM and Lake City, CO. She also traveled to Italy several times to visit relatives.

She loved her family and was very active in their lives, rarely missing sporting events, birthday parties, and other family functions.

Mary was also a devout Catholic regularly attending church at Immaculate Conception.

She was very proud of her son, her grandsons and her great-grandchildren. She was a proud member of the Italian Women's Club, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and Animal Humane Society for many years.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Casa Angelica, Brother of the Good Shepard, Animal Humane Society or another charity of your choosing.

Mary's services are scheduled for a Rosary at 9:00 a.m. and Mass at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper Ave NW. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary at

Published in Albuquerque Journal from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29, 2017
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