Mafalda 'Bigue' Caringi, 82, Highlandtown lounge owner

August 20, 2005

Mafalda "Bigue" Caringi, former owner of a Highlandtown lounge that catered to soccer fans, died of pneumonia Sunday at Franklin Square Hospital. The former longtime Highlandtown resident was 82.

She was born Mafalda Maulone in Steubenville, Ohio, and moved to Baltimore with her family in the 1920s. She attended Our Lady of Pompei parochial school and later left to help support her family.

She was married in 1947 to Pete A. Caringi Sr., and the couple owned and operated the Gold Post, a Little Italy bar, during the 1950s. They later sold the bar and purchased Club 200 on Haven Street.

From 1978 until 2000, they owned and operated Tommy's Lounge in Highlandtown.

"She loved to make the food for our teams, especially the University of Baltimore national championship soccer team," said her son, Pete A. Caringi Jr., soccer coach at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Perry Hall resident.

Her husband died in 2002.

Mrs. Caringi was a lifelong communicant of Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church.

Services were Thursday.

Surviving in addition to her son are a daughter, Deborah L. Wall of Perry Hall; three sisters, Mary Geiger of Dundalk, Elenor Jackson and Louise DuLisse, both of Highlandtown; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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