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Obituary for Mary Nicastro

Sister of Diana Greenspan, Golden Considerations

Mary Nicastro, 57, of Carmel passed away December 3, 2022. She was born February 12, 1965, in Niles, Ohio, the daughter of the late Gale Fenton and Carmellia Frances (AltiereShinaberry. She married her high school sweetheart, Mark Nicastro, on August 16, 1986.

Mary started baton twirling with the Niles Scot-Eres and by age 12, took the trip of a lifetime to Europe performing and touring in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. In high school, she was a majorette and played trumpet in the concert bandShe also played softball and helped tally a two-season record of 37-7 and Sectional champions, while graduating in the top 10% of her class.

Mary received her degree as a radiology technician which opened the door to a long, rewarding career allowing her to care for others. Over the past 10 years, she found her true passion in private care. Mary was first and foremost a dedicated, loving wife and mother and she was so excited for the arrival of her first granddaughter, Eva, due in May. She was always quick to volunteer for the PTA, chair various fundraisers, manage the concession stand for soccer games, or be found on the sidelines coaching her daughters in soccer and softball. Mary continued to demonstrate her athletic ability in her love of golfing, but her competitiveness was clearly evident in playing any game, especially cards.

She was an active member of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic church, where she and Mark would counsel newly engaged couples. Her love for others carried over into her volunteer work which included the Schwarz Cancer Centereven while undergoing Chemotherapy. Mary was an avid traveler and especially loved trips with her family. While Disney was a routine stopski trips to Colorado and Utah were slowly replaced with more tropical destinations like Hawaii and the Caribbean. In recent years, the frequency of travel significantly increased, to include a couple Buckeye bowl games such as the 2014 National Championship. Mary and Mark renewed their vows on their 35th wedding anniversary in Turks and Caicos with their immediate family on hand to bear witness.

Mary had a profound reverence for the love and support she received from the doctors, nurses, technicians, family and friends that were the wind beneath her wings.

She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Mark Nicastro; two daughters, Amanda (Michael) Ahern and Brittany Nicastro; sister, Diana (Barry) Greenspan; brother, Dennis (Lynda) Shinaberry; nieces and nephew, Jaclyn (Jonathan) Kleber, Nicholas (Emma) Donadio, Taylor (Jeffery) Scott; and several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2022, at St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church, 1870 West Oak Street, Zionsville. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 9, 2022, at Flanner Buchanan – Hamilton Memorial Park (Prairie Waters), 4180 Westfield Road, Westfield; and also one hour prior to the mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Schwarz Cancer Center, (if donating online please select IU Health North Hospital, then select Schwarz Cancer Center), 11645 North Illinois Street, Carmel, IN 46032 or the JDRF. Online condolences may be shared by visiting

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