Long-Married Couple Pass Away Within Days of One Another

Mourners packed into Gabriel Funeral Home in Carbondale Monday to say farewell to two well-known members of the commu...

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 4:16 AM
Updated: Feb 21, 2018 4:16 AM

Mourners packed into Gabriel Funeral Home in Carbondale Monday to say farewell to two well-known members of the community.

Marino and Benedetta Zazzera of Carbondale passed away within days of each other last week at Sacred Heart Hospice in Dunmore.

91-year-old Marino died Wednesday. 40 hours later, his 89-year-old wife of 67 years followed him.

Their daughters say their parents are at peace together.

"I just say there's comfort amidst the sorrow. There truly is. They suffered for a long time," said Betsy Keating.

"There's a great joy and comfort in knowing but more over theirs is a true love story," said Mary Theresa Zazzera.

Mary Theresa and Betsy say their parents had a wonderful and full life, with their father, a chef, and mother, a baker, opening the Ben-Mar Restaurant in Carbondale in 1963.

"It's still a restaurant. My brother manages it now. He runs it," said Betsy.

Their parents also championed the St. Jude's Children Hospital through fundraising.

"So proud of dad," said Betsy. "He established a benefit for St. Jude, and they shared that devotion together and he's pretty well known for that."

Mary Fabritious was the couple's social worker at Sacred Heart Hospice for about a year and a half.

Fabritious says Benedetta was checked in to the center for breathing problems.

"We knew that her husband was at home, and we didn't want to separate them, but we also found criteria that her husband met to be admitted to the inpatient unit as well," said Fabritious.

Fabritious is just glad they were together when they passed.

"I think both of them were at peace in their passing," said Fabritious.

Funeral services for the Zazzeras will be held Tuesday morning.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 145636

Reported Deaths: 3745
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto973199
Hinds9668197
Harrison6898109
Jackson6178119
Rankin5319100
Lee487695
Madison4666106
Forrest371386
Jones346788
Lauderdale3355144
Lafayette317549
Washington3122107
Lamar283449
Oktibbeha240861
Bolivar240184
Lowndes229763
Neshoba2177115
Panola215849
Marshall209650
Leflore201490
Pontotoc196128
Monroe191477
Sunflower190555
Lincoln186865
Warren172657
Tate165451
Union163925
Pike160658
Copiah159540
Yazoo152039
Scott150729
Coahoma148743
Itawamba148234
Pearl River146567
Alcorn146327
Simpson145153
Prentiss141230
Adams137949
Grenada137745
Leake131943
Holmes126561
Tippah123030
George122324
Covington119737
Winston119124
Wayne116223
Hancock115939
Marion111646
Attala109833
Tishomingo106542
Chickasaw104132
Newton103629
Tallahatchie96327
Clarke88853
Clay87127
Jasper81222
Walthall75328
Stone73114
Calhoun72913
Montgomery72125
Carroll70614
Lawrence70314
Yalobusha70027
Noxubee69717
Smith69616
Perry65426
Tunica59619
Greene58422
Claiborne57616
Jefferson Davis55017
Humphreys52918
Amite51814
Benton48717
Quitman4816
Webster42114
Kemper41918
Wilkinson38722
Jefferson34211
Franklin3265
Choctaw3117
Sharkey30717
Issaquena1124
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 239318

Reported Deaths: 3532
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson31391491
Mobile19562361
Tuscaloosa12813154
Madison12741146
Montgomery12198235
Shelby1000577
Baldwin847398
Lee764466
Morgan634348
Calhoun6112115
Marshall607954
Etowah606565
Houston517038
DeKalb474736
Cullman428038
Limestone413744
St. Clair409055
Elmore400762
Lauderdale393653
Walker3588108
Talladega343453
Jackson307624
Colbert301941
Blount285539
Autauga268641
Franklin247833
Coffee239715
Dale230354
Dallas224531
Russell22053
Chilton219638
Covington216833
Escambia197431
Chambers173749
Tallapoosa173391
Pike157514
Clarke156319
Marion136535
Winston129923
Lawrence124836
Geneva12028
Pickens119418
Marengo119124
Barbour117010
Bibb116217
Butler114441
Randolph100921
Cherokee100824
Hale94531
Clay90223
Washington90219
Fayette87316
Henry8496
Lowndes79129
Monroe78111
Cleburne75714
Macon72321
Crenshaw70730
Bullock69119
Conecuh68314
Perry6756
Lamar6508
Wilcox63118
Sumter57122
Choctaw41913
Greene41418
Coosa3374
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 45°
Columbus
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 47°
Oxford
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 46°
Starkville
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 45°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather