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Mary Anne McCarthy Aliotta, 86, of Thunderbolt, Georgia and widow of Frank Rizza Aliotta, died Thursday evening, April 29, 2021, at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Charles Harold McCarthy and the late Nadine Clarice Solterie McCarthy. Mary Anne was a faithful communicant of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church for 60 years. She was a devout Catholic who attended daily mass and recited the Rosary every morning and night. Mary Anne’s unshakable faith was evidenced by her worn Novenas, which she read every day. She graduated from St. Vincent’s Academy in 1952 and from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1955. Mary Anne was the youngest operating room nurse at the Marine Hospital; however, her greatest work was raising her family. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, and Nana. Mary Anne always put everyone else first seldom missing an event that involved her family. She enjoyed crabbing and the beach, and she was affectionately known by her family as the Queen of Crabbing.

In addition to her husband of 29 years and her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Harold McCarthy, Jr. and two nephews, Michael Francis McCarthy, Jr. and Anthony Francis Aliotta.

Survivors include two daughters, Dina Aliotta Watson and her husband, Andy, of Tybee Island, Georgia, and Lucia Aliotta McCarthy and her husband, Kevin, of Savannah, Georgia; one son, Antonino “Nino” Aliotta II and his wife, Brandy, of Savannah, Georgia; eight grandchildren, Bridget McCarthy, Thomas McCarthy, Zachary Watson, Rachel Watson, Brenton Aliotta, Anna Grace Aliotta, Olivia Aliotta, and Antonino “Nino” Aliotta III; one brother, Michael Francis McCarthy and his wife, Charlotte, of Savannah, Georgia; her sister-in-law, Patricia McCarthy of Savannah, Georgia, and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church – 1003 East Victory Drive, Savannah, with the Rosary at 7 o’clock.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 o’clock Monday morning, May 3, 2021, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church conducted by Monsignor P. James Costigan, Father David A. Koetter, and Father Kim Son Nguyen. Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

Remembrances: St. Vincent’s Academy – 207 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

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  1. Philip Jackson says:

    A beautiful woman who loved all and was loved by all. Deepest condolences.

  2. Sarah Cafiero Ingman says:

    I have no memories of a time before the Aliotta’s lived across the street from us on Louis Street.

    All of us knew her as Aunt Mary Anne.

    The world has lost a treasure.

    Love and peace to Dina, Nino and Lucia and all the family.

  3. Donna Jeffers says:

    Our loss is heaven’s gain.. What a wonderful beautiful southern lady!!!! Her grace, faith and love was felt by everyone that every met Mary Anne.. My grandchildren were blessed to have her as their Nana.. Much love

  4. Gertrude Skoglind says:

    With heartfelt sympathy. May the love of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time. Gert and Ken Skoglind

  5. Elizabeth Leonard Hill says:

    My heartfelt prayers for your entire family. She was one of the neighborhood’s moms. Always watching out to be sure we were safe. Such a loving, beautiful soul.

  6. Del & Jeanine Lamb says:

    Nino and Family: so sorry about your Mother’s home going. Will keep your Family in our prayers.

  7. The Cummings Family says:

    She’s with the angels now! Sending love to you Dina, Lucia and family. Your mom’s life was a blessing to everyone she knew.

  8. Rusty Peacock says:

    We were next door neighbors from the time I was 12 years old.Never saw Mary when she was not cheerful.She was such a sweet pleasant lady.Our family will be praying for the family’s strength to endure the loss of such a loving person.

  9. Jeannine Collins McElveen says:

    The heavens have gained an angel. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  10. Jimmy & Jeannette Grayson says:

    So sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always so kind ‘always greeted you with a smile’. Praying your wonderful memories will comfort your family

  11. Joan Cesaroni Counsil says:

    Sadly, Thunderbolt lost one of its most kind, and caring citizens. She was a model wife, mother and grandmother. Mary Anne will be mourned by numerous friends and neighbors. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. May God grant her family the strength to endure this sad time.

  12. Sherry Ann McKenna says:

    Sending love and prayers to all. She was a force of love and happiness.

  13. The Boyles Family says:

    Your mom was the kindest and most supportive person to everyone. We were so lucky to have known her. Love and prayers to Dina, Lucia, Nino and your entire family.

  14. Nan Manucy Lawson says:

    Miss A as I called her was such an important person in my life. She would always greet me with open arms and a sweet tea when I visited my BFF. You couldn’t walk in the kitchen without being offered something to eat a minimum of 4 times. Her heart was as big as the world and I will miss her dearly.

  15. Ellen Gay says:

    I did not know Mrs. Aliotta exceptionally well, but I have been friends with Lucia and Dina for decades. For awhile, it seemed that every time I turned around she was praying the rosary in honor of me or a family member who was in need. It made me feel completely covered in prayer and I am so grateful to her. And when I would see her from time to time, it was like reuniting with a special friend! She always had a smile, and was always genuinely interested in what was going on with me. That was just the way she was. What an amazing son and daughters she raised. What an amazing legacy she has left. Rest well, sweet lady!

  16. Carol Feuger says:

    Deepest sympathy. She was a lovely woman.

  17. Roxie Bryant says:

    I was so sorry to learn of Mary Ann’s death. She has been a friend since the 4th grade together and graduate classmate of 1952. Always smiling and such a peaceful person. Although I won’t be able to attend her services, she and her family will be in my prayers. You all have wonderful memories of a precious mother and grandmother. My love to all. God bless you.
    Roxie (Barras) Bryant

  18. Allen Brown says:

    Nino, sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I lost my mom when she was 86, too. She did a good job raising you! See you at Quarterback Club this fall.

  19. Karen & Chris McCarthy says:

    All our love to Nino, Dina & Lucia, wishing we could be there with you. We sure did love your Momma. All our love and hugs to each of you.

    Karen & Chris McCarthy

  20. Charles and Anita Bragg says:

    Nino and family, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know you’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  21. Ms. Brown and Judy says:

    Nino we are sorry for your loss.

    Ms. Brown and Judy

  22. Brian Mccarthy says:

    Ms. Mary Ann, or Nana as I knew her was a very special and loving mother grandmother and person. She loved everyone she meet, they in turn loved her. She will be greatly missed by all.

  23. Lisa Harkleroad Boswell says:

    So sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother. She was always such a sweet and caring person. My Mom always lit up when she saw her and enjoyed catching up with her. You all are in my prayers.

  24. Norman L.Heidt says:

    Nino, sorry for your loss. Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts. See you at the QB Club. Stay safe.

  25. Mike Reddick says:

    Nino I just heard about your mother. Our deepest sympathy for you all. Praying for peace, comfort and strength for you and your family.

  26. Margie Chase Dorsey says:

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, never saw her without
    a smile on her face. I can still hear your mom and dad on the porch calling ya’ll inside. You will all be in my prayers.

  27. Lance Wade & John Wade says:

    Nino, We were sorry to hear about your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  28. Stephen & Pam Helmly says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Your Mom’s one of the most genuine kind hearted people I ever met.
    I know ya’ll will miss her, but she’s in a far better place now. God’s comfort to you all!

  29. Leslie Marino says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was the sweetest lady with a wonderful sense of humor. I have many fond memories of her during our childhood. My deepest sympathy and prayers.

  30. Madeline Hahn says:

    I was so very sorry to hear about your mom. She and I have known each other forever! You all will contribute to be in my thoughts and prayers!

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