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Mary K. (Huff) Tutela
  • March 28, 1944
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  • March 23, 2021

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Mary K. (Huff) Tutela (76), of Lady Lake, FL. Beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and friend.

Born and raised in Boston, she was a lifelong learner and self-starter. She received her bachelor’s degree in business from Cleveland State University and focused on Master’s Degree work at John Carroll University while raising three daughters. Subsequently, she worked with behaviorally challenged children at Bellfaire JCB and then started a business, which offered support to business owners in the Cleveland area.

Over the years, Mary embarked on many artistic endeavors. Flowers and nature scenes were the foremost inspiration for her drawings, greeting cards, photography, and watercolor paintings. She also crafted stunning jewelry, and maintained a small antique-focused shoppe in Leesburg, Florida. Mary took great pleasure in wandering the paths at the nearby Venetian Gardens, as a source of artistic inspiration, snapping photographs and sitting in the company of the birds around the water. She was a loving, unconditionally accepting, supportive, creative human being who worked joyfully and tirelessly to become more competent in her arts and hand-made crafts. Her entrepreneurial endeavors continually stimulated her mind.

The light of Mary’s life was raising her children, watching them grow, and having them with her until the very end. When she passed away, she felt confident that her children would forever be with her. As our mother, she never gave up. She trudged through the challenges life presented and came out on top at the end, so she could have what she wanted most – a loving family.

Mary was known as: “Mom” “Ma” “Mum” “Mumma” “Mommy” “Gram” “Grammy” “Fram”. She is survived in life by her children: Deborah Tutela, Gina Tutela, Sondra Tutela, Brian Murphy, Gina’s husband Michael Eident, and Brian’s wife Debbie; her grandchildren: JOSEPH, Tiffany, Gerald “Danny”, Alexis, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Brandon, Matthew “Max”, Brianna, and Cali; her great-grandchildren: Chanelle, Izabella, Davina, and Jazmyne; her siblings: Ann Huff, Donna (Huff) DiFranco and husband Joseph DiFranco; and her many nephews and nieces.

In eternity, Mary joins her lifetime friend, co-parent, and former husband, our beloved father, Alfred Tutela.

She also joins her parents Rita T. (Hickey) and Joseph F. Huff, and brother, Joseph A. Huff, who is survived by Jenna (Lucente) Huff.

There are no words to express how much she will be missed by her family and friends. At Mary’s request, no services will be held.


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  1. Deborah Tutela lit a candle:
    09 May 2021
    Lit since May 9, 2021 at 5:11:09 AM

  2. Katie Terrano McQuillen says:
    30 Mar 2021
    I remember Mary as one of the moms on our street growing up, she had a very sweet kind quiet nature about her. Prayers and sympathy to Mary's entire family.

  3. Joseph Huff lit a candle:
    29 Mar 2021
    Lit since March 29, 2021 at 3:19:02 PM

  4. Joseph Huff says:
    29 Mar 2021
    I will always remember Auntie Mary's laugh and loving personality. The last time she came up to visit my father she was so positive and gave him a sense of hope and strength to keep fighting. She made him a necklace which said "Keep fighting Joe" which he wore until he passed.
    When I received the news about Auntie Mary's passing it really hit me. I immediately thought of her and how caring she was to all and most of all her family. The family was everything to her and the memories I have of her will always make me smile. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time.

  5. Mary Adorjan says:
    29 Mar 2021
    The prettiest mom I know and so sweet and gentle. I know she will be dearly missed. My condolences to her beautiful family. May you be carried and comforted now and forever. -Mary Adorjan

  6. Sondra posted an image:
    29 Mar 2021
    Mom's last selfie. An artist at her best!
    Mom's last selfie. An artist at her best!

  7. Sondra Tutela posted an image:
    29 Mar 2021
    Happy Birthday Mom!
    Happy Birthday Mom!

  8. Sondra Tutela lit a candle:
    29 Mar 2021
    Lit since March 29, 2021 at 3:12:53 PM

  9. Deborah Tutela lit a candle:
    29 Mar 2021
    Lit since March 29, 2021 at 3:34:34 AM

  10. Deborah Tutela posted an image:
    29 Mar 2021
    Sunday call
    Sunday call

  11. Deborah Tutela posted an image:
    29 Mar 2021
    Happy Times
    Happy Times

  12. Deborah Tutela posted an image:
    29 Mar 2021


  13. Bishop Family lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2021
    Lit since March 28, 2021 at 3:25:12 PM

  14. Erin Lee Whicker says:
    28 Mar 2021
    Having known this family since I was six, when they moved to a home across the street from mine in Cleveland Hts., I am deeply saddened by this loss. I have so many childhood memories of playing in their home and how our neighbors looked out for each other. I'll always remember Mrs. Tutela's gentle nature, beautiful smile, and attention to her lovely creative pursuits. She had a quiet softness to her and you could see and feel her caring in her kind eyes. I admired her devotion to her daughters and their children and grands. Sending strength, hope and love to this grieving family. May you be comforted in your sorrow and may the best in her live on in you all.

  15. Mike Dunn says:
    28 Mar 2021
    I met you when my best friend began dating, eventually married your daughter (Gina). You didn't know me well but you did know me and we're quite friendly. I was arrested one night on a traffic offense and it was you who bonded me out. That was 1993 and I never forgot that. Always such a warm, nice presences. It was my honor to have known you.

  16. Elizabeth Cikra says:
    28 Mar 2021
    The Cikra’s all thought the world of Mary! She was a true friend to our family, especially our Dad! Mary and Al brought the laughter into a house after a loss in or Family! I will never forget that! She was a beautiful soul we are lucky to have had her in our lives!

  17. Nicole says:
    28 Mar 2021
    Aunty Mary, I’ll always treasure my Foxboro memories and my Cleveland memories...how you and I giggled when Grammy sang “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” coming out your back door in Cleveland. Rest in Peace, Aunty.

  18. Leianne Hazen says:
    27 Mar 2021
    I only met Mary once, but I know her through her daughter Sondra. A daughter’s love for such a wonderful mother is a beautiful thing to see. My heart goes out to you, Sondra, and you sisters and family

    The world is a lesser place without Mary in it. Condolences to all who knew her and loved her.

  19. Sondra Tutela says:
    27 Mar 2021
    Mom, you meant the world to me and you had come so very far in your life. I am broken and will miss you every day forever. You are amazing to end where you did in life and I am ever thankful for our relationship. I am so proud of you and will always use you as my inspiration.

  20. Beverly Scollins says:
    27 Mar 2021
    I will miss you my friend. You were always there for me. Fly with the angels, Mary. I will see you again ❤️❤️

  21. Leslie scollins says:
    27 Mar 2021
    You will be deeply missed. You were a great mom and friend to all.

  22. Beverly Scollins says:
    27 Mar 2021
    Will miss Mary so much. A truly amazing friend. Always there, always offering understanding and love. Fly with the angels, Mary. Love you.

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