Family honors matriarch's 100th with Valentine’s Day Bash


Suntree resident Barbara Facciobene Naples Burt has been a resident of the Space Coast since 1994.

photo by jill gaines

 Perhaps the key to longevity is warm weather and living close to family. 

On Valentine’s Day, Suntree resident Barbara Facciobene Naples Burt will celebrate her 100th birthday with her daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren nearby. An invitation-only event is planned for Feb. 12 at the Suntree Country Club where loved ones from as far as California will celebrate the milestone. Entertainment will be provided by Hot Cocoa, a trio of octogenarians who play songs from the 1930s and 1940s. 

“The best way I can describe my mom is that she lives, laughs and loves her family and friends,” her only child Kathy Cuccaro said. 

Born Barbara Facciobene in Youngstown, Ohio in 1917, she grew up with six siblings. Her brother Frank Facciobene is also alive and lives in West Melbourne. Widowed in 1964 when husband Dominic Naples died, she married Donald Burt three years later and moved just south of Cleveland to Campbell, Ohio. 

Widowed again in 1980, she moved to the Space Coast in 1994 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren, Dominic and Mary. She became very involved with her church Holy Name of Jesus and became a University of Florida Gators fan when her grandson went to school there. Burt remains a fierce football fan, learning the Gator chomp to perfection, her daughter says. She still enjoys visiting with friends and having her hair professionally done at the salon. 

In addition to her two grandchildren, Burt has five great-grandchildren. 

“We can’t wait to celebrate with mom. She’s truly lived a wonderful life so far,” Cuccaro said.