Marie (Gesullo) DiNapoli, 95, of Stamford, CT, passed away peacefully on September 13, 2023, with her family by her side. She was born in Stamford, CT on December 23, 1927, the youngest of five children of Italian immigrants, the late Maria (Scaperotta) and Michael Gesullo.
Marie was a lifelong Stamford resident. She grew up on Park Street and in later years the family moved to Elm Street. She was a 1946 graduate of Stamford High School and married her high school sweetheart, Alphonse William DiNapoli, in 1948. They raised four children together, built their home on MacGregor Drive in Stamford and enjoyed winters at their Condo in Delray Beach, Florida.
Marie loved both her homes in Connecticut and Florida. She was a homemaker with a flair for decorating who enjoyed spending time with her family, hosting parties and ballroom dancing with her husband Al. She was well known for her sense of fashion and as the woman who always wore a hat.
At the age of 46, Marie entered the workforce. She was employed by General Electric’s Puritan Insurance Company for 8 years, rising to Supervisor. In 1977, Marie and Al purchased the Westport Dairy Queen which they owned for 22 years.
Marie always had a strong passion for Real Estate. In 1986, she inquired about a receptionist job at Juner Properties in Stamford, where she happily worked part-time until well into her late 80’s.
Marie’s family was her universe; she enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the DiNapoli and Gesullo nieces and nephews. She also shared fond memories of holidays past with her husband Al, her siblings, and their spouses; Jack (Lucy), Joe (Josephine), Flo (John), Jennie and her in-laws; Mary and Pat DiNapoli, Margaret (DiNapoli) and Tony Abbazia and Carmella (DiNapoli) and Pete Cantavero, all predeceased.
Marie is loved and will be missed by her family and friends; her children, Rocco DiNapoli (Tina Wignall), Michael DiNapoli Sr. (Diane DiNapoli), Maria Camomilli (Theodore Ogonek) and Alphonse (Billy) DiNapoli Jr. (Tammy Schroeder), grandchildren; Michael, Christopher (Stephanie), Joseph (Jessica), Paul (Wenwen), Stephanie and Jeffrey (Nicole), great-grandchildren, Rocco and Cal, many nieces and nephews and lifelong family friend Frank (Buddy) Gallo.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Alphonse William DiNapoli Sr., in 2010, and her siblings; Joseph Gesullo, Sr., Cresenzo (Jack) Gesullo, Jennie Gesullo Faraynaiz and Raffaella (Flo) Gesullo Bujalos.
A mass of Christian burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 18th at St. Leo Parish, 24 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT 06902. The entombment will follow mass at St. Mary Cemetery in Greenwich.
The Family of Marie G. DiNapoli would like to thank Elizabeth Williams from Waveny Home Care of New Canaan and the many healthcare professionals at Edgehill of Stamford for their excellent and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider making a memorial donation to a charity of your choice. To leave online condolences you may visit the family guestbook hosted on www.cognetta.com.