, Salem, MA

October 28, 2013

Mary I. L'Italien, 87

Salem and Peabody — Mary I. (Madruga) L’Italien, 87, beloved wife of Wallace A. L’Italien, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at the Pilgrim Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Peabody.

Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Cunha) Madruga. She lived in Peabody for many years where she attended schools and graduated from Peabody High School. She lived in Salem for the last 60 years.

Mrs. L’Italien was a partner with her husband in the restaurant business. She operated Wally’s Restaurant and Mary’s Restaurant in Salem for over 25 years, and retired for the last 28 years.

Mary enjoyed cooking and travel. She cherished the time spent with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Wallace “Wally” L’Italien with whom she shared almost 70 years of marriage; a daughter, Joanne and her husband, James Solovicos of Peabody; two sons, Roger and his wife, Sally L’Italien of Danvers, and Paul L’Italien and his friend, Rita Karber of Yukon, Okla.; five grandchildren, Shannon Luis, Jennifer Carroca, Julie Solovicos, Michelle Bristol, and Derek L’Italien; five great-grandchildren, Lindsey Carroca, Jake Carroca, Emma Luis, Brooke Bristol, and Phelix L’Italien, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Anthony, Manuel, Edmund, and Bartholomew Madruga, Margaret Gill, Lucy Bettencourt, and Helen Nunes.

Mary’s family wishes to thank all the staff at Pilgrim Nursing Home for the wonderful care that was given to her.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by her Funeral Service at 6 p.m. to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to either Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to North Shore Elders, 152 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA. For directions and online obituary, visit