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In loving memory of
Mary Rita Faenza
  • September 19, 1947
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  • July 06, 2022

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Mary Rita Rafael Faenza was a warm, caring, generous wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She left us too soon on July 6, 2022, after a hard but courageous battle with cancer and chronic pneumonia. We are comforted that she is no longer suffering.

Mary is survived by her husband Edwin “Ed” Longo, daughter Deidre Faenza Hicks and grandchildren Kyle and Fallon Hicks; son and daughter-in-law, Sergio Michael and Joanne Faenza and granddaughter Brianna Faenza; stepdaughter and husband Melissa and Tom Huffman and grandchildren Cheyanne, Natalie and Jacob; and stepson Dean Everett Longo and grandchildren Adrian, Layla and Faith.

Born in the Bronx NY to Nicholas and Rita Rafael on September 19, 1947, she was “Sis” to three older brothers, Bill, Bob and Tom. She also went by MaryRita, Mary, Maryri, Auntie Ri, Mom and probably her favorite – Mimi. She was loved by so many people!

After graduating from New Dorp High School in Staten Island New York, Mary worked for the phone company, got married and had two children Deidre Anne and Sergio Michael. The family moved to Ormond Beach, FL in 1973 and it’s where she’s called home ever since. She loved Ormond but got very vocal about how much she didn’t like all the new development.

She began her career at Ormond Memorial Hospital in the late 1980s and retired from the medical billing department after 26 years. She made many lifelong friends while working and she appreciated their friendship very much. But she made friends wherever she went and has enjoyed the company of so many loyal girlfriends.

Mary met Ed in 1990 and they have been best friends and partners ever since. They traveled the U.S. and many other countries together and have had many wonderful adventures. They finally tied the knot only a few years ago, but they have been wedded to each other since the beginning.

Just a few of her favorites things included books (she could read a book a day), traveling (except when being a passenger in a car), pedicures, retail therapy, Andrea Botticelli, the oldies, Entenmann chocolate donuts, giving gifts, and of course being with her family and friends.

Mom had several charities close to her heart that she gave to religiously. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Boys Town Research Hospital.

She did not want a formal service but we will let family and friends know when the right time comes for a celebration of life so that we can honor all that she meant to us.

We – her husband, kids, bonus kids and all the grand kids are so grateful for the love she showered on us, the support and encouragement, the jokes she told so well, and the memories that will live in our hearts forever. We are so thankful for the love from our extended family and friends during this difficult time.


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  1. Rosanna Neis lit a candle:
    15 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 15, 2022 at 7:32:55 PM

  2. Patricia Stallone lit a candle:
    11 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 11, 2022 at 7:11:29 PM

  3. William Cox lit a candle:
    11 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 11, 2022 at 7:45:57 PM

  4. Anne Gabriel says:
    11 Jul 2022
    Mary and I were co-workers and friends for over 30 years. We shared some of the same interests and really enjoyed each other. Once she retired, we would plan a day together at least once a week and go shopping and out to lunch or do a bus trip to another city. We always had things to talk about. My heart is broken and I will miss her smiling face so much. Her battle was a long one and I know now that she is at peace and in heaven.

  5. Michael kunze says:
    10 Jul 2022
    Mary, and ET Were my neighbors when I lived in Ormond beach. I will miss her beautiful smile and fantastic personality! I will look for you in heaven. Love, Michael

  6. Fallon lit a candle:
    09 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 9, 2022 at 7:54:41 PM

  7. Kay says:
    09 Jul 2022
    Mary was my friend and I loved her very much. We meet in 2000 at hospital and have been friends since. She help teach me medical billing. I have many happy memories with her. I will miss her greatly
    Kay DeLoach

  8. Kathleen Scarboro says:
    09 Jul 2022
    So many laughs and wonderful times with such a fun loving beautiful lady. We will miss her soo much but feel very blessed to have been able to share great times with her In our hearts forever
    Kathy Carl and Elaine

  9. Alyssa Gecsedi says:
    08 Jul 2022
    She will be Forever in our hearts. Love and prayers to all of you in this difficult time.
    Love, Frank, Alyssa, Frankie and James

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