Rocella Cappuccio, 84, homemaker, `gracious hostess'

December 15, 2005

Rocella Cappuccio, a homemaker who enjoyed entertaining, died Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium of complications from a stroke. She was 84.

Born and raised Rocella Bentley in Firebrick, Ky., she was a graduate of McKell High School.

She moved to Baltimore with her mother in the late 1940s, and married Dr. Joseph P. Cappuccio, a Baltimore dentist, in 1957. Dr. Cappuccio, now retired, is a former president of the American Dental Association.

For more than 40 years, Mrs. Cappuccio, who was recalled as a "gracious hostess" by her sister-in-law, former Rep. Helen Delich Bentley, lived with her husband on North Charles Street.

Mrs. Cappuccio worked part time for years for her brother, the late William R. Bentley, owner of Bentley's Antiques Show Mart in Cockeysville.

"She was a Southern belle with a sweet personality," Mrs. Bentley said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

Also surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mary Louise Suarez-Murias of Cockeysville; a sister, Mary Louise Fink of Marlette, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

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