UPublish story courtesy of Dominic Rizzo, Jr.

Mary L. Scarpitti was born in Akron on Aug. 23, 1920. Her maiden name was Mary Cinocca and her parents were both from Carovilli, Italy. She grew up learning to appreciate her Italian heritage.


She met her future husband, Orlando, while he was visiting relatives in Akron. They married in 1947 and were married 39 years until he passed away in 1986. She has two daughters and six grandchildren.


Scarpitti worked more than 20 years in the cafeteria at St. Martha School, preparing lunches for the students. In 1957 she joined the Unione Abruzzese Women’s Auxiliary (now the Italian Center) and has been a member for more than 55 years, serving on numerous committees and working at the weekly spaghetti dinners for more than 15 years.


In the early years, she walked to the hall very early in the morning to make sauce and meatballs, and help with pasta. She would then return in the afternoon to serve as a waitress. She still walks to the Italian Center, weather permitting, most every month for meetings and events. She says that the experiences and people she met from being a Club member are very dear to her.


Scarpitti is very dedicated, has a great attitude, and is an asset to the community.