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Mary Jo Arena

July 23, 1926 — April 16, 2023

McCaysville, GA


Mary J Arena, age 96, of McCaysville, GA, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023, in McCaysville, GA. Mary was born July 23, 1926, in Bristol, RI to Emanuel and Anna Abatantuano. Mary was preceded in death by her her husband, Ralph Arena; father, Emanuel Abatantuano; mother, Anna Caruso Abatantuano; and brother, Michael Abatantuano. 

Survivors: sons, Garry (Neide) Capita and Joseph (Cathy) Capita; grandchildren, Daniel Capita, Heidi Capita, John Capita, and Nathan Capita; great-grandchildren, Nelson Capita, Nicholas Capita, Everlee Chison, Hudson Chison, and Hayes Chison; and family that spans the nation.

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