Angeline “Ann” M. Caravello

Angeline “Ann” M. Caravello

MADISON Angeline “Ann” M. Caravello (née Namio), age 92, died on January 5, 2013, at Capitol Lakes Health Center. Ann was born in Palermo, Sicily, September 20, 1920, the third child and only daughter of Frank and Anna (Montaperto) Namio. She came to the United States at eight years of age; graduated from Longfellow, Central High School, and Madison Business College. Ann was secretary for Kimball and Rothman CPA firm. In 1946 she married Stephen J. Caravello. Together they had four daughters. Ann and Steve owned and operated Stockman’s Bar later known as Caravello’s Bar and Restaurant until their retirement in 1984. Ann was known in the Madison community for her wonderful kitchen and graciousness as a hostess. While her daughters were growing up, her home was a haven for all of their friends. She would feed and visit with them even if her own children were not at home. She was “Mrs. C.” or “Mama C.” to so many children of all ages over the years. Ann’s reputation as a restaurateur garnered the attention of the Madison advertising firm of Stephan and Brady, and became the model for the international award-winning ad campaign featuring Marschall Dairy Ingredients Division, Miles Laboratories Inc. Ann’s beauty, sense of humor, infectious smile, laugh, and her willingness to be a little crazy endeared her to her children, grandchildren, countless friends, and all who came in contact with her.

Ann is survived by two daughters, Anna (Peter) Stebbins and Barbara Renda, five grandchildren; Stephen (Jessica) Royko, Amelia (Nathan) Royko Maurer, Matthew (Jessica) Stebbins, Michelle (Mike) Campbell, Michael Anderson; five great-grandchildren; Anja, Anton, and Lara Royko, Gigi Royko Maurer and Mason Campbell, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews in the Namio and Montaperto families as well as her brother Sam Namio, two step-grandsons; Pepper (Joana) Stebbins, and Trevor (Megan) Stebbins and their four daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband Steve, her daughters, Geraldine (Bob) Royko and Stephanie Anderson, her brothers and sisters-in-law, Caroline and Joseph Namio and Ethelyn and John Namio, and a niece Josephine Terzich.

Her family thanks the staff at Capitol Lakes Retirement and Health Center for providing loving care with dignity. A special thank you to her caring aide Cheryl.

A memorial gathering will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., on Monday, January 14, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. A memorial service will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Geri Royko Memorial Scholarship Fund, Edgewood High School, 2219 Monroe St., Madison, WI 53711.

Ann was a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Her love of family first, honesty in friendship, loyal loving commitment to marriage, and pride in her work stand as examples for her family and friends on a daily basis. She was real and she was wonderful. We thank God she belonged to us.

At Mom’s request, she will be cremated and her ashes blended with Dad’s. – “Together in Eternity”