Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Mary J. "Lucy" Provenzano entered into rest December 7, 2013, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, following a two-month illness. She was born Maria Josepina Santoloce on St. Joseph's Day, March 19, 1926, in Rome, Italy. She was the daughter of Basilio and Stella (Frankeen) Santoloce. Mary became a skilled beautician through on the job training while working in her aunt's beauty shop near the famous Coliseum of Rome. During World War II, she met a handsome American Army corporal from Lockport, NY, named Benjamin Provenzano. He was a mail clerk stationed in Rome. They fell in love and married in Rome on April 26, 1946. After honeymooning on the Isle of Capri, Ben returned to the States and mustered out of the Army. His war bride arrived by ship soon after and they settled in Lockport. Ben and Mary became parents to four children and raised their family on Rogers Avenue, one block from Lockport Memorial Hospital, where Mary worked as a nurse's assistant from 1971 to 1986.
Mary was predeceased by her husband on January 5, 2004. She is survived by her beloved sons, Sam (Linda), George (Sue) and Ben Junior (Cindy) and by her dear daughter, Mary (Hank). Cherished grandmother of Richard Provenzano, Cori Townsend (Paul), Christina and Georgina Provenzano, Henry (Marsha) Nevins, Luciana (Evan) Gaskill, Benjamin and Ross Provenzano. Loving great-grandmother of Cheryl Lynn and Carissa Townsend, Alexis and Ayden Provenzano, Ava Grace Schrader, Liam Alexander and Henry David Nevins, Lucy Marie and Grace Deborah Gaskill. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM Tuesday at Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home, corner of Transit and Niagara Streets. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the All Saints Parish Oratory (St. Joseph's Church), 391 Market St., on Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM. (Please assemble at church.) Entombment, Glenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Provenzano Memorial Chapel, Mark C. Provenzano, Director.
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