*In Memory*

Mary Jo Castellana (Mattison)

Mary Jo Castellana (Mattison)


Mary Jo Castellana Mattison was received into the Lord’s arms on January 25, 2020 after suffering many physical ailments. Mary Jo was born on February 18, 1947 at Corning Hospital to the late Myron Castellana and Beatrice VanAlstine Castellana. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Daryl “Deke” Mattison of Naples, Florida; Brother, Thomas and Pam Halderman Castellana of Greece, New York; Daughter, Melanie Mattison Schmitz, Rodney of Spring, Texas; and son Ryan, and Kelli Mattison of Shawnee, Kansas. She was a very proud grandmother of Madison Elena Schmitz, a freshman at Texas A&M University and Ian Parker, a junior at Spring High School and Command Master Chief in his school’s Navy JROTC program. Mary Jo is remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend. She leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members living throughout the US. From the time she graduated from Corning Painted Post East High School in 1965, she worked as an Administrative Assistant to School Principals and College Program Directors throughout western New York, retiring in 2000.


Mary Jo was the WebMaster for her high school class, Corning East Class of 1965, a task she thoroughly enjoyed as it kept her up-to-date with her classmates. In her community in Florida, to which she and Daryl moved after traveling the US in their motorhome, Mary Jo was instrumental in establishing a Scrapbooking group, a Red Hat Ladies chapter, developing and teaching various craft classes and enjoying dancing until suffering a stroke in 2015. She was an active member of Jubilee Fellowship Church in Naples.

A lady of many talents, a loving heart and a caring devotion to others, she will certainly be missed by those who knew her best!


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02/02/20 10:36 AM #7    

Kenneth Briggs

My Condolances go out to Mary Jo and her Family~  Had just spoke with her a few weeks ago and told her Good Luck on the sale of your home ~ A Great Lady ~ She shall be sorely missed by all that knew her ~ May God Bless

02/02/20 12:50 PM #8    

Sandra Taft (Funk)


What a sad time!  Mary Jo did so much for all of us!  Sweet, kind and loving!  You will be missed sweet lady!  πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ» For you and you family Deke!


02/02/20 12:59 PM #9    

Patricia Halderman (Madison)

MaryJo was my sister's sister-in-law. There is a family connection as well as a classmate of mine. Praying for Deke and his family at this time of sorrow.

02/03/20 08:26 AM #10    

Joseph Gois

Deke and Family: My deepest sympathies and prayers for your loss.

02/03/20 11:18 AM #11    

Ronald Olinger

Sorry to hear of the passing of Mary Jo. My prayers go out to her and her family

02/04/20 11:27 AM #12    

Annabelle Lanphear (Burns)

Deke - So sorry to hear about Mary Jo.  Was really looking forward to seeing y'all this summer at the runion in August.  May your memories and love carry you through this difficult time.  She will be missed by many.

02/04/20 02:43 PM #13    

Carol Gaby (Money)

My sympathies to Mary Jo's family. She was a very nice person.

02/23/20 08:19 AM #14    

Susan Jamison (Kath)

Deke and family I am sorry for your loss. It was always good to see you and Mary Jo at reunions with your smiles and enthusiasm for life😊

02/23/20 11:37 AM #15    

Phyllis A. Griffiths (Lewis)

My deepest sympathy to Deke and family.  We will certainly miss her.  

10/27/20 04:48 PM #16    

Sally A. Shaddock (Matthews)

I'm very late in doing this, but I wish to express my deepest condolences to Darryl and family on Mary Jo's passing. She was a dear friend and beloved by all. I was very saddened to learn of her passing. Sally Matthews

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