Mary Ann Carulli, 81, of Bradenton, Florida, most loving and dedicated wife and mother of three children, who was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven peacefully in her sleep while surrounded by her family from a wide assortment of ailments. She passed away on March 21st at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Mary Ann was born August 23, 1939 in Bronx, NY to Mary and Placido Lorusso. She married Vitantonio Carulli in June 1960. Mary Ann is survived by her husband Vitantonio; children Leonard, Joanne and Anthony, 6 grandchildren and Daughter-in-laws Janice & Mirella Carulli. Mary Ann was a devout Catholic with an unending faith in God who spread and promoted his word. At the age of 36 she returned to school to finish her Associates degree at Broward Community College and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University. Having a thirst for knowledge she continued her studies at Nova Southeastern University where she obtained her master’s degree and St. Thomas University for her Masters certificate in Guidance & Counseling. She worked at Pembroke Pines General Hospital in administration and quickly became the head Administrator. She was a principal at St. Bernadette’s Catholic School and then entered the Public school systems of Broward and Dade Counties where she started teaching History to High School children and later counseling students with their careers. Mary Ann had a beautiful operatic voice; a voice that stood out in the crowd. Being a simple woman, she shared her gift by volunteering her time at St. Bernadette’s Church in Cooper City Florida in the choir. She enjoyed cooking Italian dishes to bring her family around the table which was very important to her. A mass to celebrate her life will be held on March 26th at 11:00am, Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Lakewood Ranch, Florida and then she will be laid to rest in New York at Ferncliff Cemetery where she joins her parents and aunts.
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