Marie Turiciano passed away peacefully on the evening of Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the age of 92. Born to and raised by Louis and Mary Abruzzo in Rockford, IL, she lived in Albuquerque since moving to New Mexico in 1965. A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she raised two sons with her devoted husband of 59 years, Joseph, while working at the Sandia Peak Ski Area and Tramway for over three decades.
She was a lover of opera, committed member of the Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, two-time breast cancer survivor, and individual with unwavering convictions.
She is survived by her two sons, Joe (wife Debbie) of Santa Fe, and Angelo (wife Barb) of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Angelo (wife Tori), Sam, Becca (husband Aaron), and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Archer and Tatum; sister Terry Mathiesen of Rockford, IL; nephews, Louis (wife Stacy) and Benny (wife Sandra) Abruzzo of Albuquerque, and Ole and Hugo Mathiesen of Rockford.
She is preceded in death by Joseph Turiciano (her husband), Ben Abruzzo (brother), Richard Abruzzo (nephew), Mary Pat Abruzzo (niece), and her wire-haired, blind and deaf mutt-of-a-dog named Mr. Squiggs.
Sincere gratitude to the many friends and family who made extra effort to call, write, and visit the past few years. A special thanks to Special Live-In Care, Inc. — especially their caregivers Vivian and Debbie — as well as Dr. Raghu Vanama. Gratitude to Marina Peinado for her devotion to the family.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in memory of Marie on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 5311Phoenix Ave. NE 87110.
Memorial donations in memory of Marie may be made to Living Beyond Breast cancer (www.lbbc.org), Animal Humane of New Mexico (www.AnimalHumaneNM.org), or a charity of your choice.
As Marie would have put it, “basta.”