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Margarite "Marge" Pettinato

May 27, 1927 ~ December 7, 2020 (age 93)


Margarite A. (Cardillo) Pettinato, 93, passed away peacefully, with her devoted daughter and grandson by her side, on Monday, December 7, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Margarite was born on the family farm in Frankfort, May 27, 1927, a daughter of the late Michael and Paulina (Macera) Cardillo. She attended the one room schoolhouse in Frankfort and graduated from Sauquoit Valley Central School. For many years, Marge worked in the Radio Receiver Department of General Electric. She was also an inspector at Joseph and Feiss and an Avon lady for many years.

On June 28, 1952, Marge was joined in marriage to Fred A. Pettinato. The couple enjoyed a close and loving marriage of over fifty-six years, where he doted on her every day. Their lives revolved around their adored daughter and grandson and their love and devotion was truly reciprocated right until the end. Her beloved Fred passed away on November 28, 2008.

Following Fred’s passing, Marge resided with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson for several years, until further care was needed and she moved to the Masonic Care Community. While at Masonic, Marge with the assistance of her many beloved aides, was able to keep up with her daily regimen of being meticulously dressed, made up, and accessorized. She enjoyed many of the Masonic Home activities and especially loved to paint and crochet, glamour day, Bingo, day trips to the casino, lunch outings to Red Lobster, and was an avid reader of Danielle Steel. A woman of strong catholic faith, Marge was very devoted to St. Anthony, St. Jude and her St. Anthony's Parish, and said her rosary daily.

She is survived by her beloved daughter and her special son-in-law, Donna and Frank Mutolo; her grandson, Frankie Mutolo and his wife, Amy (one of Marge’s greatest joys in life was being able to attend their wedding); sisters-in-law, Sarah Topi and Celia Cardillo; two godchildren, several nieces and nephews, and her special canine pals, “Vito” who predeceased her, “Bodie”, and granddog “Henry”. She was predeceased by three brothers, Patsy, Felix, and Anthony Cardillo; and two sisters, Pasqualina Aurience and Philomena Primarola.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, at 2 p.m., at St. Anthony & St. Agnes Church. Private entombment will be in Calvary Mausoleum.

We ask that visitors arrive a little earlier to facilitate registration for COVID tracing. Facemasks covering the nose and mouth must be worn. Due to the rise in COVID cases in our area and as much as the family would like to greet and hug every single person, for everyone’s safety, social distancing will be observed.

Many thanks to her special girlfriend, Annie Puleo, with whom she spoke daily; and  Dawn Creaco, Sally Whitaker, and Barb Brodock, for their care, compassion, and many visits.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Monticello Unit of the Masonic Care Community, especially, Amanda, Barb, Deena, and her personal aide, Naomi, for the loving care and attention shown to Marge during her stay.

During these difficult times of social distancing, leaving a message of sympathy is of great comfort to the family.

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Mass of Christian Burial
December 11, 2020

2:00 PM
St. Anthony & St.Agnes Church
422 Tilden Ave
Utica, NY 13501


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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