Mary Santavicca

December 22, 2020


Mary Santavicca, originally from Bellaire, OH passed away Tuesday Morning December 22, 2020 at Mayfield Heights Healthcare Center.

She was born January 18, 1916 a daughter of the late Nicola and Nunziata (Calvano) Fucso in Bellaire, Ohio.

Mary was a homemaker, loved to cook, crotchet and a member of the St. John Catholic Church.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mary loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a kindhearted and loving person who always thought of others.

She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Albert Santavicca and her siblings, Carl (Goldie) Fusco and Leveda (Terzilio “William”) Lestini.

She is survived by her daughter Frances (Robert) Calamita of South Euclid, OH.

In addition she is survived by her grandchildren, Todd (Teresa) Calamita, Lance (Sarah) Calamita and Dean Calamita; as well as her great-grandchildren, Colin, Cameron, Riley and Dylan and her nephews, William (Delores) Lestini, Joseph (Anita) Lestini and Nick (Linda)Fusco.

Mary also has a brother-in-law in France Gino (Maria), a niece and nephew in France Franca and Emilio, a niece and nephew in Montreal, Mirella (Sherif) and Enzo (Jane), a niece in Belgium, Elena and her husband as well as a niece in Italy, Anna and her husband.

Due to COVID restrictions the family will have a private service at their convenience.

Burial will take place in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Bellaire, Ohio.

Arrangements by the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441, 37th street, Bellaire, Ohio 43906.

Memorial contributions will benefit St. John Catholic Church by going to “” or the charity of your choice.

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MaryJo (Zacchini) Kurko Class of 1964
3 years ago

I just saw your mom’s obit and had no idea of your loss Frances. I am so very sorry for not responding sooner. May God give you comfort that she is in the arms of our loved ones gone before us. I will always remember you with such fondness.

Jim and Theresa Mowery
3 years ago

Frances and family: We are sorry for your loss.

Nick Fusco
3 years ago

Aunt Mary was a truly kind, honest, and loving person. Being with her always made me happy. I will always be proud to say she was my Aunt.

Franca Santavicca
3 years ago

Chère Frency. Cette nouvelle m attriste énormément, même si on ne s est jamais vu, on est proche avec le coeur et par Papa et Maman qui nous raconte les souvenirs de toute la famille. On vous accompagne par le coeur et la pensée en ces moments douloureux. Une personne importante s en est allée et nous sommes perdus . Prenez soin de vous tous. On vous aime fort !

Glen and Helen Dillon Imhoff
3 years ago

Dear Frances, I just learned on line of your losing your mother. It is especially tough at this time of year but God had to have a “Special” gift for His precious Son’s birthday. Mom. Mary was blessed with an extended life as we recentlydiscussed. She has been on my mind a lot lately as I was going to write to her in her birthday card coming very soon.
We have great memories growing up together and our mothers being buddies in. West. Bellaire. i know mother would like to send he4 condolences also. i will have to give her a call later today. God Bless.

3 years ago

So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was always a good, kind neighbor.

Rose Zelkowski
3 years ago

Your mom was such a special person. She always welcomed me into her home from the time I was a child and then as a grown woman. Erika loved her like a grandmother and loved helping her. My deepest condolences .

Nancy Senyk Veres
3 years ago

So sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
I always enjoyed talking to her when she would come into the bank. She never ran
out of a conversation. She was always young at heart.

Patti Marinelli and Steve Fitzer
3 years ago

Mary was a dear friend to our family for so many years. My mom and Mary were almost like sisters, as they grew up near each other in West Bellaire. I recall that as a child we would visit Mary at Christmas time, and there was always a plate of delicious cookies waiting. In recent years, I looked forward to our telephone conversations as we reminisced about growing up and living as Italian-Americans in the Ohio Valley. Even into her 90’s, Mary would always start every conversation by asking about my husband, my family, etc. She was a kind and generous person and we are surely going to miss her.