Mary Ann C. Fusco

mary ann fusco

June 15, 1956 ~ April 19, 2024

Born in: Caracas, Venezuela
Resided in: Leonia , New Jersey

Fusco, Maria Ana C. “Mary Ann” (nee Castronovo), age 67, of Leonia, on Friday, April 19, 2024. Beloved wife of Pasquale “Pat” Fusco, and mother of Alexander Fusco and Andrew Fusco and his wife Andrea. Cherished daughter of Paola Castronovo (nee Sciortino) and the late Rosario Castronovo, and loving sister of Pietra “Pat” Carboneri and her husband, Carl. Adored aunt of Daniela Stigh (nee Carboneri) and her husband, Jonas, and sons Liam, Max and Dylan, Marc Carboneri, and Dino Carboneri and his wife, Lesley, and children Ava and Luca. Dear sister-in-law of Gerardo Fusco and Assunta Fusco.

Mary Ann was born in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the United States in April 1960. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in three years from New York University, majoring in Journalism and minoring in Italian and Spanish. She later earned a master’s degree in Italian literature from Rutgers University and was inducted into Phi Sigma Iota. Her passion for Italian culture, food and the arts blossomed into a long and fulfilling career as a Writer and Editor at Businessweek Careers and Attenzione Magazine, with additional work featured in The New York Times, The Star-Ledger, The Bergen Record, Travel & Leisure, and New Jersey Monthly, among other publications. Later in her career, she developed a passion for writing plays, having completed multiple projects on subjects close to her heart.

Mary Ann most enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, gardening and cooking authentic Italian cuisine. She was also instrumental in ensuring the formal recognition of Italian Military Internees, which resulted in her father posthumously receiving an Italian Medal of Honor from the Italian Embassy in New York City. She spent her last days surrounded by her loved ones, who will remember her for her warmth, intelligence, and the incredible love she showed to those around her.

The family will receive their friends on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”.  The funeral will leave Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 10:00 AM for the celebration of her funeral mass in St. John’s R. C. Church at 10:30 AM.  For condolences, directions, or information visit or call (201) 944-0100.


Funeral Mass: April 24, 2024 10:30 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 7605

Entombment: April 24, 2024 11:00 am

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 7024

Visitation: April 23, 2024 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank Patti And Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Directors
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 7024

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  1. My parents always said that even if they had filled out an application for the best neighbors never in a million years could they have gotten anyone as wonderful as Mary Ann and Pat Fusco. She was truly one of the kindest and most remarkable women I ever knew (though much too humble to agree). God bless and keep you Mary Ann. Rest in peace

  2. Intelligent, thoughtful, funny, kind— there are not enough adjectives to adequately describe Mary Ann. She loved her husband and sons so much. She valued family, and was always a good friend. We needed more time with her, to hear her laughter and her ideas. We have lost her all too soon.

  3. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. May the wonderful memories in time ease your sorrow.

  4. Mary Ann was funny ,brilliantly smart, kind and most of all a gentle soul. I first met her when I started in st Michael’s 1968 and she ,even then ,was the smartest in our class but also one of the kindest and sweet person. Her memory shall serve as a source of comfort and peace
    That you should know no further sorrow.
    Sending love and strength ,
    Maria Castillo Gutherz and family

  5. God bless you Mary Ann for all you have done to protect the most vulnerable. May God comfort your family.

    Cathy Mirra, NJCAHT

  6. Dear Mary Ann,
    The kindness, love and care that you showed rippled all around the world and will continue to do so.
    Bless you always.

  7. I met Mary Ann at our Playwrights group with John Pietrowski. I was so taken by her thoughtful plays! They were wonderful! And being neighbors we met for lunch. She was so lovely. I will miss her.

  8. Mary Ann was a beautiful soul. She, together with her sister Pat, helped us put together our church’s Tricky Tray every year. So caring, patient, and dedicated, she was always worried about the minimal details which made our fundraiser event so special. We will miss you, Mary Ann. You are in peace now, and we will meet soon. My sentiments to your family. May the Lord comfort their heart in this sad moment. — Your friends at St. Nicholas

  9. Carissima Marianna, non si sa` perche` Dio ti ha chiamata cosi presto. Ma la tua vita era pieno di tante belle cose. Condolianze per tutto la famiglia. Ci vediamo di nuovo…in the sweet afterglow.

  10. I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Ann at our Monday night Playwriting group with John Pietrowski. We got to read two of her plays — a Christmas play about Carlos Menotti’s inspiration for writing his opera “Ahmal and the Night Visitors” and a baseball play about a young reporter on a small town newspaper covering a scandal in the local little league organization. Both were so charming and well written. And Mary Ann was such a lovely person, insightful, and a talented writer. She will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  11. I was in Mary Ann’s class of 1974 at Holy Rosary Academy. She was an extremely intelligent woman. But most importantly, she was a sweetheart and always kind and thoughtful. I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.

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