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Maria Elena Cataldo

January 16, 1942 - September 28, 2021

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Obituary For Maria Elena Cataldo

Ms. Maria Elena Cataldo, 79, of Raleigh, NC peacefully passed away on September 28, 2021, surrounded by her adoring family. Maria was born on January 16, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Lindenhurst (NY) High School. Maria was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Doris Cataldo, her uncle, Rev. Joseph Cataldo and her twin sister, Anita Elena.

Maria spent her life providing unconditional love and support to her family and loved ones. She was active in the Three Village (NY) School District PTS, little league, and a long list of endeavors involving her children. Maria touched everyone’s life with her compassion and love and had a long list of friends and family who simply referred to her as “Mom”.

Maria dedicated herself to her work as a CNA at the St. James Nursing Home in St. James, NY where she provided exceptional care to her residents. She worked at Ayers Chiropractic in Raleigh, NC for 13 years which she absolutely loved and brought so much joy to her life. Most recently she was employed at Hayes Barton Methodist Church where her days were filled with the love and laughter of the children she cared for.

Maria’s life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children: Greg (Jessie) Ball of Chandler, AZ; Dana (Paul) DiSands of Coatesville, PA; Tara Ball of Raleigh, NC; and her niece Victoria Lane of St. Augustine, FL with whom she shared a special relationship with. She will be forever missed by her grandchildren Emily, Josh, Kaleb, Jason and Simon as well as many nieces, nephews, and godchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on October 4, 2021 at the Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh. On October 6, 2021, at 1:00 pm, Maria will be put to rest at St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association

Services

4

Oct

Viewing and Visitation

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

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4

Oct

Liturgy of the Word

08:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home
7615 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615

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  • I am so very sad to hear about Maria's passing. I just loved her--such a warm and caring lady. I knew her from her years at Dr. Ayres' office. She always asked about our dogs, and she even came to one of our agility competitions! And she loved her family so very much and was so proud of you all. I know she's in Heaven. God blessed the many people whose lives she touched. Our sincere condolences to you all.

  • I was so sad to hear of this news and I send my condolences to the family. My son Elvis loved seeing "Ms. Maria" at Hayes Barton. Wednesday nights were his favorite with her. She'd build train tracks and play cars with him. She took a genuine interest in all the kids, and I loved hearing the stories about her kids. She loved to talk about her family! She will be missed greatly but I'm incredibly thankful to have gotten to know her a little. The world is absolutely a better place because she was in it. Peace and love to all who knew her.

  • I will miss Maria. We worked together at Hayes Barton and were friends. She was such a hoot! She spoke of her children and grandkids often. They were so loved. They were her world. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • I didn't know Maria very well, but we often saw each other in passing at church when she was in the nursery. She was so kind, funny, hospitable, and beautiful, too! I'm very sorry to hear of her loss, but hope happy memories will sustain you. She was clearly a very special person. Susan Baldwin, Hayes Barton UMC.

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