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MAY 20, 1909 -- NOV. 1, 2004

Mary Covelli, a Carborundum Co. retiree, died Monday in Northgate Health Facility, Wheatfield. She was 95.

Born in Trabia, Province of Palermo, Sicily, she attended local schools there.

She had been a production worker at Carborundum for 28 years.

Her great love for fashion and jewelry earned her the nickname "Diamond Lil." She also loved to cook and knit.

Mrs. Covelli was a member of Power City Lodge 158, Italian Sons & Daughters of America, and was a parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

She was the widow of Michael Covelli.

Survivors include two sons, Eugene Tortorice of Niagara Falls and Frank Tortorice of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9:45 a.m. Friday in Spallino-Amigone Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Joseph's Church, 1413 Pine Ave. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


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