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Mary Elizabeth DeLuca
January 20, 1931 ~ February 8, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
Memorial Tribute to our beloved mother, Mary E. DeLuca
Mary E. DeLuca, born Mary Elizabeth Hunt in January of 1931, was the daughter of the late William J. Hunt and Emma A. Dankhoff and was the younger sister of the late Celina H. Hunt. She was surrounded by her children when she departed this earthly life on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at the age of 92. Mary resided in Escondido for over 40 years.
She is survived by her six children: Celena Host of Yuma, AZ (husband David, daughters Jennifer and Joanie, and grandchildren Brianna and Kaylee), Genevieve DeLuca of San Marcos, CA (daughter Celena, son-in-law William, and grandchild Justin), Dominic DeLuca of San Diego, CA (wife Deborah, son Deven, daughter Dakota, daughter-in-law Sarah, and grandchild Ella), Vincent DeLuca of San Remigio, Philippines (son Ryan and daughter Megan), Mary DeLuca of Escondido, CA (daughter Violet and son-in-law Travis), and Catherine Schwartzer of Hemet, CA (sons Anthony and Daniel, daughter-in-law Kristin, and grandchildren Katelyn and Carson).
After joining the United States Marine Corps for two years, she married Dominick DeLuca of New York and traveled across the country several times with her children. She was a dedicated military wife and mother and supported her family while her husband served our country in the Korean and Vietnam War.
For an Irish woman, she made the best Italian spaghetti sauce which she learned from her Italian mother-in-law. If she wasn’t cooking, cleaning, or shopping at the store or in a catalog, you could find her knitting, organizing her greeting card collections, or having a nightcap with her husband. One tradition that Mary instilled with her children and grandchildren was her secret recipe and Italian family dinners on Sunday. Her family would always come back home to enjoy her homemade spaghetti sauce on Sundays.
Alongside her loving husband, Dominick V. DeLuca of 52 years, Mary will finally be at peace in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery looking out across the endless blue ocean. Mary wished to have a celebration of her immortality which will live on through her family and friends. She would love to be remembered with funny, strange, or family stories that celebrate what was good and blessed in her life.