Mary Valastro (born Mary Tubito; aka Cake Boss Mom) was the mother of Buddy Valastro (born 1977) and the four of his siblings: Grace (1966), Maddalena (1967), Mary (1969), and Lisa (1974). During 2009-2012, Buddy Valastro’s mother has been regularly appearing on Buddy’s TLC reality show Cake Boss. Mary passed away on 22 June 2017 in New Jersey, United States. Mary died after a 5-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), surrounded by her adoring family. She was 69.
Mary Valastro Biography
Mary Tubito was born in 1948, in the historic city of Altamura, southern Italy. The future Cake Boss mom had seven siblings; her parents names were – Nicholas and Maddalena Tubito. When Mary was only six years old, her family decided to relocate to the US. The family settled in Hoboken, New Jersey. Buddy Valastro’s mother attended Public School No. 3, then Demarest Junior High School in Hoboken, NJ.
Mary Valastro father worked as a docker, and her mother was busy with household chores. Mary helped her mom before and after school. When she was 12 years old, she met Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro, her future husband. Originally, Bartolo was from Lipari, an island north of Sicily.
The couple purchased Carlo’s Bakery in 1964. They got married in 1965 (she was 16 years old). They built a successful business and had five children, all of whom work in the family’s baking business. In 1989, Carlo’s Bakery moved to its new home on Washington and First Street and started to become more popular day by day.
The Valastro family business was flourishing, children matured and grandchildren were born. But in 1994, Buddy died of cancer at the age of 54. When her husband passed away, Cake Boss mother Mary was tempted to sell the business but never did. Instead, she became the owner of Carlo’s Bakery Company and continued the operation of the business.
Later in life she married Giovanni Pinto, a professor and the publisher of L’Italico. Giovanni and Mary Pinto lived in Little Ferry, NJ.
Mary had always been the family matriarch, a strong and compassionate woman. The current size of the Carlo’s Bakery Company is between $1 mil and $5 mil. The company employs under 25 people.
Mary’s Battle with ALS
In 2012, Buddy Valastro mother was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease affects the nerve cells responsible for controlling muscles.
First her fingers started to feel weak. Mary thought it was carpal tunnel and had the surgery, which did not help. Weakness in her hands was increasing. She became really alarmed when her legs started to feel weak as well. At 64, Buddy Valastro’s mom Mary Valastro was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) – a rapid degenerative nerve disease that leads to loss of muscle control.
At the end of 2012, Mary fell and hit her head. She was taken to the Hoboken University Medical Centerl.
She took at least two trips to Israel for stem cell treatments in order to slow down the ALS and did numerous other attempts to fight this deadly condition.
As the years went on, Cake Boss mother became unable to walk across the street or button a shirt. I was a group effort to care for and support Mary Valastro Pinto. There was hardly anything else that doctors could do about this horrible disease, except try to make her comfortable.
Mary appeared in numerous episodes of the TV Series Cake Boss, as Buddy’s Mom (herself). Due to her condition, she had to exit her son’s reality show Cake Boss. Even so, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro was saying that Mama Mary remained extremely energetic, and we hoped not to see a Mary Valastro obituary for many years to come.
Mary Valastro Death
People with MND/ALS typically die from respiratory failure within 5 years of the symptoms onset; about 10% survive for over a decade. Unfortunately, Mary’s MND/ALS was a quick one. Mary Valastro died after a five-year battle; she was only 69.
The funeral for Mary ‘Mama’ Valastro had gathered her family and friends at St. Joseph’s Church on Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City. On the day of the funeral, the city of Hoboken came to support the Cake Boss and his family with their tribute.
“Her battle with ALS has ended, she is no longer suffering and I hope she’s dancing to ‘I Will Survive’ with my dad right now,” Valastro said in an Instagram post mourning loss of mother Mary.
We are truly sorry for the family’s loss.
Buddy Cake Boss Valastro
Mary’s only son – Buddy Valastro (Bartolo Valastro), was born in Hoboken in 1977. He is an actor and producer, known for Cake Boss, Kitchen Boss and Rachael Ray. He is married to Lisa Valastro since 2001. They have four children.
Mama Mary Foundation
Buddy Mary’s son started Mama Mary Foundation after his mom’s diagnosis. The foundation has a huge outreach and support. The foundation gives back to those in need, strives to create awareness about this disease and to raise funds to find a cure.