Mary Gargiulo

  • Born: January 8, 1932
  • Died: January 2, 2022
  • Location: Alamo, California

Sneider & Sullivan & O'Connell's Funeral Home - FD-230

977 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel. (650) 343-1804

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Therese Conroy Gargiulo died Jan. 2, 2022 in Alamo, California, six days before her 90th birthday. Born in Detroit, Mary spent most of her life as a resident of San Mateo before relocating to the East Bay several years ago to be closer to family. Mary loved to work and took her work seriously, whether as a grade-school teacher, a medical assistant in an allergist's office, or a post-retirement gig at Visa after she found that she missed the structure and camaraderie of office life. She loved her friends and spent many happy days entertaining them, taking classes with them, or simply finding adventures to enjoy. Mary loved San Mateo, living first in a downtown high-rise and later in a contemporary hillside home with expansive views of the San Francisco Bay. Mary and her husband Bob, who preceded her in death, spent months every year turning their Greenfield Avenue home into a Halloween house of horrors that entertained and terrified thousands of visitors. Mary loved the Catholic Church and spent decades as a dedicated parishioner of St. Matthew Catholic Church, serving as a lector and RCIA instructor and in other volunteer roles as needed.

Mary loved her family, including her parents Elizabeth and James Conroy, brother Jim Conroy, sister Catherine Conroy, brother-in-law Bill Gargiulo and sisters-in-law Theda Conroy and Betty Gargiulo, who all preceded her in death; and brother Fred Conroy, sister Betty Jane Irwin and brother-in-law Jack Irwin. She loved her nieces and nephews and was a beloved aunt to Anita and Dave (John) Irwin, Beth Ann (Earl) Adkins, Jennifer Gargiulo, Julie (Erik) Zimmerman, Mary Beth (Kyle) Stadt, Patrick Conroy, and Scott (Tauna) and Chris Moody. She lavished love and attention on them and passed on many important life lessons, such as how to pick out the perfect silverware and how to exercise in espadrilles. She is also survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews, and she will be missed by all of them. Most of all Mary loved her husband Bob and the home they created together, and she was anxious to be reunited with him.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated January 6th at 9 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1 Notre Dame Avenue in San Mateo, followed by burial at St. John's Cemetery, 910 Oregon Avenue in San Mateo.