Mary A. Caparelli-Boltz died peacefully in her sleep on Sept. 14, 2009. She was 86 years old, a resident, of Rockville Centre, New York. She was laid out at Thomas A. Glynn Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre on Sept. 18.
She is loved and sincerely missed by family, friends and many others who were fortunate to know her.
Mary was born in Inwood and was a graduate of Lawrence High School. Later, Mary worked for CBS Publicity Department from 1943-1948 and wrote extensively for television, radio, and the local Gotham Guide Magazine. She was active in the USO during World War II and met her husband, William E. Boltz, on a blind date while he was stationed on Long Island.
Having successfully broken the glass ceiling, Mary Boltz became the first woman admitted to the Inwood Civic and Businessman’s Association where she served as secretary (1952-1964), president (1965-1966), and chairman of the board (1967-1968). A successful businesswoman, Mary founded and managed both Coastline International Distributors, an aerospace supply company with Thomas J. Carroll (1961-1999) as well as Air Ship N’ Shore Travel Agency (1965-present). She was an active member of the Long Island chapter of SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering). She was the president of Bangor Realty (1975-present) and ABOC Enterprises LLC (2003-present).
A strong believer in being active in one’s community, Mary devoted a large portion of her time and effort to political, philanthropic and charitable organizations. She instituted scholarships and grants for students in the Five Towns area; she served as President of the Lawrence Public School #2 PTA; became a lifetime member of the Central Council PTA as well as becoming Vice-President of the Economic Opportunity Council in Inwood, New York (1964).
For many years, Mary was an active board member at St. Joachim Church, Cedarhurst, New York, where she worked diligently to raise funds for their annual Diamond Ball. She became a member of the Long Island Chapter of Boy’s Town of Italy where she chaired their gift committee for many years.
Mary was on the Board of Directors for the Marco Island, Florida chapter of the American Cancer Society for many years. A lover of music and fine arts, Mary also sat on the Board of Directors of the Marco Island/Naples Philharmonic Symphony. She housed many of the performers that came to the Island during those early years. She was a member of the Board at the Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts in New York.
Mary’s involvement with Marco Island started in the early ‘60s when Deltona was marketing in the Northeast. They asked her, if she would handle bringing families down on 3 day weekends, so they could see what Deltona was proposing in their master plan for Marco. She and her husband William fell in love with the island and soon started investing here. Next she opened a branch of her New York office, Air Ship ’N Shore Travel, which has served many families and friends from Marco to Bonita Springs for the past 38 years. Her daughter Beverly will continue on in the business.
Mary was never one to seat idol her next endeavor was building Sun Set Plaza (913–1035 North Collier Blvd.), which the Naples Daily News occupied for many years. Other organizations she belonged to on Marco, were the Italian American Club, the Marco Island Historical Society.
Mary started the Lawrence High School Reunion Committee, Class of 1941. She continued this for thirty years until 1971, and became Chairman of Lawrence High School 50th Year Reunion in 1991. She was an active member of the American Business Woman’s Association, Long Island Chapter; as a member of the United Way, Mary was instrumental in the success of their annual Red Feather Ball until 1992.
Mary A. Boltz has been honored for an endless list of achievements. These include the following: Recipient of the Nassau Herald Newspaper Award – Woman of the Year. Twenty-five years – Silver Medallion Award for Boy’s Town of Italy 1985 – Gold Medallion Award 1995. For her outstanding work for young people, Boy’s Town of Italy was proud to present her – businesswoman, mother, grandmother, and community activist with the 1997 “Woman of the Year” Award. She was also an honoree at the St. Joachim Diamond Ball.
All of her achievements were recognized in the following publications: Who’s Who of Women Executives, Who’s Who of Women in America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women in Finance and Industry.
Mary was instrumental in bringing together the Italian-Albanian community residing in the Five Towns area. This group would meet once or twice a year to discuss and research their roots so that their culture would be passed down from generation to generation.
Mary and her husband William Boltz have three lovely daughters, Valerie Boltz Austin, Beverly Boltz, and Cindy (nee Boltz) (Sean) O’Rourke. They have seven grandchildren: William and Jonathan Austin, Heather (Anton) O’Rourke Dengler, Cynthia (Nick) O’Rourke Zottoli, Thomas E., Patricia, and Breffni O’Rourke. Also, they have two great-grandchildren, Thomas D., and Nevaeh O’Rourke.
Mary was an amazing accomplished woman who was truly ahead of her time. Through her untiring efforts and her faith in God, she was blessed with the opportunity to touch the lives of many people and always managed to bring out the best in them. She was a true pioneer, who paved the way so others could benefit from her hard work and life’s journey.