Mary Fortunato

January 14, 1927 - November 14, 2019

Mary Fortunato, 92, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 17 years, formerly of Linden, NJ, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 in Cape Coral. She was born January 14, 1927 in Elizabeth, NJ to James and Elena Gnarro, now deceased.

Mary was of the Catholic faith and attended St. Andrew Catholic Church in Cape Coral. She lived a long happy life as a wife for 57 years, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. Life revolved around the kitchen for Mary.  If you knew her, then you knew she was a great cook, but even better baker.  She moved to Florida and retired to be with her children and grandchild. Her last years she lived with her daughters and she passed peacefully at home with her daughters near her side.

She is survived by two loving daughters, Debra Niego, (late Robert Niego) and Francine Fortunato, both of Cape Coral; sister, Gloria Nigito of Toms River, NJ; three grandchildren, Tianna (Hunter Penix), Jennifer Solomon, and Howard Niego (Ladis); as well as five great grandchildren, Anthony Penix, Alex Niego, Randy Niego, Reese Solomon, and Dylan Solomon.

Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Angelo Fortunato in 2013; as well as her brother, Frank Gnarro and a sister, Helen Botta.

Funeral Services will be held in NJ. Details to be announced via

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Gloria Tate Nov 18, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Mary was my Mom’s best friend, they called each other every day, shared recipes and so much love. They are in Heaven together now. Mary’s Daughters, Debbie and Francine gave her so much love until the day she died. May your lives be filled with the wonderful memories of all the love she had for you all.

  2. Celeste purpura Nov 18, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    . For 35+ years your mom was always so sweet and welcoming to me with her great Italian charisma and hospitality, making me feel like a part of the family. She was very blessed to have daughters and a granddaughter who loved and took good care of her and a great grand son who gave her great happiness! I’m sure she is at peace now and smiling down from heaven on her joyous legacy.

  3. Colleen Groves Nov 18, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss!! You and your family will be in my prayers. Xoxo

  4. Mary Margaret Embroli-Swanson Nov 18, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers 💞

  5. Ron and Bob of Cape Coral Fl Nov 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Our Deepest Condolences. Our prayers are with you and your family

  6. Carol Howard Nov 23, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Remembering Mary’s love of family and faith. Rest In Peace. Honored to have known Mary. Condolences to family.

  7. Susan Autullo Nov 24, 2019 at 10:20 am

    So very sorry for your loss she was a great fun loving woman she will surely be missed at our Italian American functions

  8. Robert Rogers Jun 7, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    I was so struck to read this and hear of the family’s loss. My prayers and God’s Blessings to all of you! And may your hearts memories live with you forever.
    Love to all of you,
    Robert Rogers

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