Mary Vera Mottes, 89, passed away peacefully at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at home surrounded by loved ones while under the care of BJC Hospice.
She was born March 11, 1926, in Alton, the daughter of Tony and Mary (Pinta) Ventimiglia.
Mary attended Alton Schools and on Sept. 6, 1947, she married the love of her life, Louis A. Mottes of Alpha, Mich. For the next 47 years they lived in Upper Michigan and after his death in 1994 she returned to Alton to be close to family.
She is survived by a sister, best friend and caregiver, Josephine Ventimiglia of Alton; seven nieces and nephews, Tony and Shelia Ventimiglia of Bethalto, Vicki Robison of St. Charles, Mo., Mary Jane and Ray Hettick of Godfrey, Jackie and Randy Hettick of Alton, Marianne and Randy Weigler of Springfield, Paul and Frannie Ventimiglia of Middletown, Ohio, and Andrea and Butch Weirich of Godfrey; and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tony and Frances Ventimiglia and Paul and Marilyn Ventimiglia.
Visitation was Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Staten-Fine Funeral Home in Alton. A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, July 27, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton with Fr. John Luong, OMV, celebrant.
Burial was at Crystal Falls Cemetery in Crystal Falls, Mich.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Masses.
Online condolences and guestbook can be found at www.staten-fine.com.