Manette Jan McCarthy, born September 17, 1953 in Hartford, Connecticut to Jeannette and Anthony Federico, passed away April 2, 2020 in Camarillo, California at the age of 66. Manette lost her battle with cancer but gained her final wish to peacefully exit this world in the home she designed. With her children Jan and Joseph holding her hands, her beloved grandchildren Mia, Alyssa, Ariana and Aidan surrounding her bedside and her husband Ed telling her his final story of sailing through the Greek Islands long ago, Manette drew her last breath at 11:11 am.
Manette grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and is survived by her sisters Valerie, Donna, Frances, Marie, Regina and Janelle and her brother Michael. Manette had been the owner of the Eggs N Things Restaurant chain with her husband Ed McCarthy since 1974 when they started with just a few tables and a lot of ambition. Many longtime customers and friends have described Manette as being the hardest worker they had ever seen and that she baked the best pies they had ever tasted. Her husband Ed, of course, told the craziest and funniest stories they had ever heard.
Manette will be most remembered for her celebrations of life with the people she loved most at her Villa D'Manetta where the chardonnay flowed, feasts were served on impeccably decorated tables while she recounted the details of her most recent trip to some exotic destination. She loved her patio and the view of what she said reminded her of the Tuscan hills. Her friends and loved ones will never forget how she would light the fire pit, blare her music and pour the wine while her laughter echoed off the mountains.
Manette was a selfless, humble and beautiful person who truly knew how to live in the moment. She never had a bad thing to say about anyone or anything and almost all the good she wished for was wished on other people. She knew everyone's favorite dessert and loved nothing more than seeing the smile it put on someone's face when she baked it for them. Her homemade pasta with Italian sausage was legendary. She loved to make soup for those who were sick. She once said her favorite sport was golf, not because she loved to play but because it got her husband out of the house. She loved joking about her husband of over forty years who could make her laugh so hard tears would flow from her eyes.
Manette's journey through life ended too soon but those that knew her best and loved her most will find warm hearts knowing that she will rest in peace with all her dreams realized, a life very well lived and a world very well traveled.
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