Mary Ann Fiorenza

July 23, 1929 - April 26, 2022

Mary Ann Fiorenza, 92, of The Woodlands, formerly of Beaumont, died Tuesday, April 26, 2022. She was born on July 23, 1929, in Port Arthur, to Rose Minaldi Palermo and Joseph R. Palermo, Sr.

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Hicks and her husband, Ben; Mary Donaldson and her husband, Kelly; and Sharon McGinnis and her husband, Pat; grandchildren, Michelle Davis and her husband, R.T.; Will Donaldson and his wife, Kacy; Grant Donaldson and his wife, Erin; Mary Claire McGinnis; and Connell McGinnis; great-grandchildren, Madilyn; Maggie; Ryder; Wyatt; and Jett; brother, Tony Palermo, Sr. and his wife, Tina; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of twenty-one years, A.J. Fiorenza; siblings, Francis Walker, Carolyn Palermo, Myron Palermo, Joe Palermo, Jr.; nephew and Godson, Rock Palermo; and niece, Gaylynn Taylor.

Memorial contributions for Mrs. Fiorenza may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77702.

A gathering of Mrs. Fiorenza’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with her Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2022, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • May 1, 2022
  • 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Broussard’s Mortuary McFaddin Ave.
  • 2000, Mcfaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas, 77701,
  • May 1, 2022
  • 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Anne Catholic Church
  • 2715, Calder Ave, Beaumont, TX, 77702,
  • May 2, 2022
  • 10:00 am


Magnolia Cemetery
  • 2291, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,

Comments (13)

    KIRBY RASCH says:

    This is such sad news. I worked at AJs while attending Lamar way back in 1976-77 and loved everyone that worked there, especially Mary Ann. My heartfelt condolences to her two daughters Karen and Mary, and the whole family. She was a very special and unique woman. Kirby

    Becky & Rodney Ames says:

    Special lady that will be greatly missed.

    Always enjoyed the opportunity to visit at her store.

    Thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family.

    John LaBarbera says:

    Thoughts and Prayers to the Fiorenza Family. Mrs. Fiorenza was a very sweet and generous person. My Grandpa Phillip Dattalo worked for her for years and she was very kind to him and he loved her dearly. She also went to bat for my Dad, Johnny LaBarbera, when he was at Clark Distributing (Schlitz) and a co-worker tried to pin him for something he did not do. Lot of great memories with the Mrs. Fiorenza and her family.
    ~ John Jerry LaBarbera and Family

    Margaret Bood says:

    Prayers to all the Fiorenza family. Mary Ann was a special lady. Hardworking and interesting. I enjoyed working with her on several St. Joseph Altars.

    Patrice Rabalais says:

    I meet Mary Ann at AJ’s and through St. Joseph altars. She was there many days helping making and baking cookies.. She and Carolyn were so gracious and friendly to me through the years. They welcomed everyone into their “family”. She will be greatly missed.

    Donna Rizzotto says:

    So very sorry for your loss.

    Manuel and Donna Rizzotto

    Janet Jordan says:

    Feeling blessed to have met Mary Ann at The Conservatory! My mother’s family was from Beaumont, so we had an instant connection. Rest In Peace sweet lady! ❤️ Sending prayers to the family ????????

    Anita Savino Fournier says:

    I extend sympathy to the Fiorenza Family.

    Tony and Cathy Brocato says:

    Sharon and Fiorenza family, Cathy and I are very sad to hear about the death of your mother, Mrs Fiorenza. She was a sweet person and always welcomed us at the store. She always had a smile. You are all in our prayers. Tony

    David Frank says:

    Remarkable people challenge and inspire. They show what is possible when talent meets discipline. Truly remarkable people make a deep and lasting impression. They change the world, just by being themselves.

    That was the Mary Ann Fiorenza I knew.

    She was never limited by fear.

    Remarkable people feel fear, but they recognize this as an internal barrier rather than an absolute limit. An internal impulse, greater even than fear, drives them.

    The Mary Ann I knew had strong values.

    It may be a passion for justice, or a commitment to truth. Remarkable people, like Mary Ann, overcome limiting factors, such as fear, by pursuing what they value most. It’s as if they have an internal compass that forever points them in the direction they must go.

    The Mary Ann I knew had a sense of purpose.

    Remarkable people, like Mary Ann, know that they are here for a reason—and not just any reason. Their lives are not lived in a haphazard way. They are determined to accomplish something in the time that they have, and they can tell you exactly what it is.

    The Mary Ann I knew had that ability to connect with others.

    Remarkable people, like Mary Ann, cut through small-talk. Their passion and energy comes through, even in casual conversation. They are good listeners. They have a range on interests and experience that enables them to connect with a wide variety of people

    The Mary Ann I knew didn’t recognize failure.

    Remarkable people, like Mary Ann, have setbacks. They make mistakes. Things don’t always work out as planned.

    But while some people would see these unpleasant events as failures, remarkable people see them as a necessary component of their life’s work. As a result, they are undaunted where others might conclude that the way forward is impossible

    The Mary Ann I knew didn’t recognize the word “impossible”

    Remarkable people, like Mary Ann, have a mental attitude that says “I can.” They know that changing society is a matter of human will, and that very few things are written in stone. They don’t accept the rationalizations and objections which are placed in the way of change. They know that human will can sweep away the obstacles, and they live their lives as if to prove it.

    The Mary Ann I always knew had that ability on how to make a deep and lasting impression. She changed the world , just by being Mary Ann Fiorenza.

    Mary Ann was a most remarkable woman.

    Annette Decuir Carlson says:

    What a legend of a lady. I had the pleasure of working for Mary Ann at A J’s Liquor Store while attending college. Fun times! Many prayers!

    Colette Brown Carson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Colette B. Carson

    Mary Voigtman says:

    My love and prayers to all of the Fiorenzas. Mary Voigtman

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