Mary Frances Carlino

April 2, 2020 Kennett Square, PA "Tippi"

Mary “Tippi” Frances Carlino, 82 passed away peacefully at her home in Kennett Square on April 2, 2020, surrounded by her family. Born in Kennett Square, PA, Tippi was the daughter of Paul J. Pesce and Kathryn A. DeAngelo Pesce. Tippi got her nickname at an early age when her father always sang the song “Tippi Tippi Tin” to her.

Tippi was a life-long resident of Kennett Square, working as an office manager at Kennett Advance Printing from 1972 to 2019. Tippi had an outgoing and gregarious personality and made friends at every turn of her life. She stayed close with her high school friends (Kennett High School, class of 1955) and her many customers at Kennett Advance, in addition to the many friends she made as a life-long parishioner and devout Catholic at St. Patrick’s church in Kennett Square.

Tippi’s greatest joy in life was her family, and nothing made her happier than having all of her family around her table, enjoying a home cooked Italian meal. She was an incredible cook, and made sure everyone got their favorite meal prepared for their birthday. She also loved to read. Tippi developed a love of sports from her father, and was especially a fanatical follower of Penn State Football and the Philadelphia Phillies. Her favorite teams, however, were any of those that included her children or grandchildren. From 4 year old tee ball, to watching a grandson and granddaughter play collegiately, she attended hundreds of games over the years, and was always the loudest and most enthusiastic fan for all of them. She loved to see them succeed and was a self-admitted “poor loser” when things did not turn out for “her” team.

Tippi cherished the memories from a family trip of a lifetime to Italy; a two week vacation that she enjoyed in 2015 with all of her children, their spouses and her grandchildren.

Tippi is survived by her son Donald S. Carlino, Jr and his wife, Heather of Kennett Square, son Michael V. Carlino and his wife, Amy of Kennett Square, daughter Christine Carlino and her partner David Tucker of Kill Devil Hills, NC; grandchildren DJ, Samantha, Andrew, Nathan and Abigail; and sister, Joan A. DePoulter. In addition to her parents, Tippi was preceded in death by her husband Donald S. Carlino, Sr. with whom she shared 44 years of marriage, and who passed away in 2004.

Burial services will be private, and a full service and mass will be held at a later date when possible.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Tippi’s name to the American Cancer Society. Checks can be mailed to the American Cancer Society Attn: In Memory of Tippi Carlino, 1818 Market St, Suite 2820, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or online at To donate via credit card by phone, call (800) 227-2345.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

Memorial Donations

American Cancer Society

Checks may be mailed to:

American Cancer Society
Attn: In Memory of Tippi Carlino
1818 Market Street, Suite 2820
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Memorial Mass

A Full service and Mass are to be scheduled at a later date


  1. To the Carlino family, and Depoulter family.
    My deepest sympathy in the passing of Tippi. She and my mom Pat Ruggieri will be doing the jitter bug up in heaven. I was very surprised to read this on line.
    Love, best wishes,
    Patti Ruggieri Roark

    Patricia Roark | April 18, 2020 at 9:18 PM
  2. To the Carlino Family and Aunt Joan: I am very sorry to hear of Tippi’s passing. Although I haven’t seen her in years, I recall her as a beautiful, sweet woman who always had a kind smile. My thoughts and prayers to you all. God bless. – Mary Jo Bacchetta Hoffman

    Mary Jo Bacchetta Hoffman | April 17, 2020 at 9:07 AM
  3. Donnie, Heather, Michael, Amy and Christie,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom! We loved her and have such fond memories of her growing up and in my adult life as well. Mom is so sad at the loss of her dear friend. She will be missed! I loved her laugh and her awnry spirit. I look forward to being able to hug all of you and celebrate her life! Sincerely, Margaret Dunmeyer

    Margaret Dunmeyer | April 15, 2020 at 6:15 PM
  4. To Don Carlino and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I know that it is an especially deep loss, but I hope your grief passes soon and is replaced by a sense of peace.
    Mark Gatti

    Mark Gatti | April 10, 2020 at 11:17 AM
  5. Tippi and I were classmates from first grade at St. Patrick’s until we were graduated from Kennett Consolidated High School in 1955. Paul Pesce could never have known how appropriate his endearing nickname”Tippi” would be for the lively, spirited woman she became.
    At St. Pat’s I was jealous of Tippi. Not because she was so pretty. That would be too petty.
    Her parents went to church on Sundays. Mine did not. I was jealous because her parents would go to heaven and mine would not. She was indeed blessed.
    We were preteens and teens together and shared secrets of first crushes…
    I have always cherished being counted among her friends.
    Her long life was further endowed by the love of her family. I am so sorry for your heartbreak.
    If I knew the science of horticulture, I would create an everlasting species to celebrate the “Tippi”

    Sally Stier | April 9, 2020 at 7:10 PM
  6. Vols vs Lions! Oh what a game & party at my mothers house with Tippi & Donnie! Sweet lady, sweet friend & now a sweet angel. Till we meet again – thoughts and prayers to her wonderful family.

    Becky Evans Tolmie | April 8, 2020 at 8:51 AM
  7. To Tippi`s immediate Family and extended Family, I send my sincerest sympathy. Since high school days I knew if Tippi was there, we would be having fun. Life kept us mostly apart, but, Tippi never changed. She was always her same fun and caring self. Please know you have my prayers that God will give you the courage to bear this terrible burden. Sincerely, Patsy Vanderkraats

    Patsy Vanderkraats | April 7, 2020 at 6:01 PM
  8. Dear Carlino Family, I am so sorry for your mother’s passing. As a neighbor, I remember my mom, my grandmother and I visiting her along with your grandmother for coffee. Always a nice neighbor. I will miss waving to her when going by my house while sitting on my porch. With deepest sympathy, Elaine.

    Elaine Fiore | April 7, 2020 at 9:34 AM
  9. To all of you
    Mom doesn’t have the ability to send you a message, so I’m going to attempt it. I think you know that Tippy was one of our moms best friends. She is devastated that she she can’t be with you. All of our family keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We go back a long time. Your dad helped me get int the mushroom business in 1970 when I got out of the Navy. Your family has always been there for us and we want you to know how much we appreciate it. Some day, God willing, we’ll all be together. As father Rogers says, it’s not goodbye, it’s “I’ll see you later”.

    Jim Angelucci | April 6, 2020 at 8:51 PM
  10. Joan and Family,
    Tippi was just love and joy. Her passing is a sadness but her reward is eternal life.
    So sad to know her physical being is no longer here. Love to all life will adjust and peace to all.
    Joan, please be well. One day at a time.
    Thoughts and Prayers.

    Shirley DeAngelo Lindsay

    Shirley Lindsay | April 6, 2020 at 5:03 PM
  11. Carlino Family:We are so very sorry to hear of Tippi’s passing. I remember her from my earlier years as a vibrant and beautiful woman as is her sister Joan , my aunt. May she Rest in Peace.

    Rosemarie Bacchetta Scope | April 6, 2020 at 4:31 PM
  12. Carlino Family, Very sorry reading about your mothers passing. A truly wonderful and special lady.
    I would see your Mom working in the old packing shed when it was very busy over in your fathers mushroom house when I was with my father
    Jake Conner. Your Mom also helped me with our wedding invitation when I was married. She always had a smile and kind words to say when I would see her in town. Be at peace knowing she is in heaven today.

    Michael J. Conner | April 6, 2020 at 11:35 AM

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