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NATICK – Mary A. (Pelullo) Vitali, 100, a longtime resident of Natick and Framingham, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 4 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham.

Mary was the wife of 63 years to the late Frederick Raymond Vitali who passed away in 2014.

Born in Natick, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Serafina (Pierro) Pelullo.

Mary was a member of the Natick High School Class of 1939.

After graduation she worked at Kay Jewelers and later went on to work for several years in administrative positions at Telechron and Raytheon.

In the years that followed she devoted her life to being a wife, mother and homemaker earning the title of Chief Executive Officer of the family home in Natick, bringing her title with her in later years to their last home in Framingham.

Mary and Fred loved nothing more than hosting family and friends for holidays and celebrations and Mary was appreciated as quite an accomplished home cook. In their early years in Natick their annual Christmas Eve “open house” was her favorite event. A perfectionist in the kitchen, her dinners and desserts were always as delicious as they were beautiful. She also enjoyed knitting, cake decorating, and spent countless hours crafting home decor items with her sisters and cousins at her cousin’s home in Natick. Throughout their marriage she and Fred enjoyed extensive travels sharing many memorable trips with family, friends and colleagues.

Mary is survived by her loving children, Frederick A. Vitali of Holliston, Michael J. Vitali and his wife Nanette of Dennis, and Andrea Upham and her husband Chuck of Ashland; six adoring grandchildren, Victoria Vitali, Dylan Vitali, Marisa Vitali, Nicole Vitali, Lauren Hardy and her husband Christopher, and Travis Upham and his wife Madeline. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Irene Wachowicz and Diana Carey, along with many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mary is the subject of an endless number of entertaining family stories that will live on forever.

She was pre-deceased by her sisters, Jennie Gurliaccio, Edna Micelotta, Dolly Parabicoli, and her brother, Danny Pelullo.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff and community at both Carmel Terrace and St. Patrick’s Manor for their care and support.

In keeping with Mary’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral Mass on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick, followed by burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery under the direction of John J. Everett & Sons.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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