Maria (Marylou) Ficocelli – Scituate

Maria (Marylou) Ficocelli – Scituate

Maria (Marylou) Ficocelli, 83, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of Scituate, R.I., passed peacefully February 15, 2019, at Lane Purcell Hospice House in Sumterville, Florida, after a short illness.

Marylou was born March 11, 1935, in Germany. At 19, she was married to her husband, Edward, while he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War, then moved with him to Rhode Island.

While in Germany, she had dreamed of becoming a flight attendant, so she learned English and French to meet the requirements. Upon moving to Rhode Island, Marylou suddenly found herself learning to cook Italian style food while becoming fluent in her second language, English. She worked as an inventory clerk at Tri-State Automotive Warehouse for 33 years. She was the first woman ever to be hired for that position, and soon won over her dubious male counterparts with her intelligence, grace and professionalism. She was known in three states as, “This is Marylou from Tri-State.”

After retiring in 2002, she moved to Leesburg, Fla., and made her home in the community of Highland Lakes. There she enjoyed water aerobics, and cooking for friends and family. For over 16 years at Highland Lakes she was loved and admired by many for her generosity. Her selflessness was in a class of it’s own. She would do anything for anybody. She was a shining example for us all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Ficocelli. She is survived by her two sons, Michael L. Ficocelli with his wife, Diane, of Scituate, R.I., Mark A. Ficocelli with his wife, Nicki, of Leesburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Ficocelli of Scituate, R.I. and Cara Korade of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Calise and Olga Ficocelli, both of R.I., her adopted daughters and good friends, Lori Acciardo of Barrington, R.I., Diane Papineau of Leesburg, Fla., and long-time friend and companion, Richard Heer of Leesburg, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778.

A small, private service for family will be held at the Bushnell National Cemetery. This world is a brighter place for having Marylou in it. She will be missed dearly.