She was born Simeonette Mapes in Albuquerque, N.M. Her father was in the U.S. Air Force and her family moved numerous times over the years. They first arrived on Staten Island in 1988 and lived in Oakwood before moving to the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn. The family also lived in Florida for two years, before returning to Brooklyn. Mrs. Mapes-Crupi settled in New Springville in 2009.
She graduated from Fort Hamilton High School and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees, both in education, from the College of Staten Island, Willowbrook.
Since 2007, Mrs. Mapes-Crupi had taught high school history classes at The School for Classics: An Academy of Thinkers, Writers and Performers in Brooklyn. There, she also ran the Girls Leadership Club and founded the school's Fairy Godmothers Project, which provided prom dresses for needy girls.
"Fifteen kids couldn't afford caps and gowns for graduation," said her uncle, Anthony Cassarino, as the family gathered yesterday with her husband, Jonathan, to make funeral arrangements. "She paid for it out of her own pocket."
Mrs. Mapes-Crupi enjoyed vacationing in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, a fellow teacher at the school. An annual tradition, they would finish teaching summer school and then make their annual trek to the theme park, something they were looking forward to doing again this summer for the seventh year in a row, her uncle said.
The couple was set to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on Saturday, and had begun making plans to have children.
"She was just the sweetest angel on earth," said Mr. Cassarino. "She was just a 29-year-old kid who loved life."
In addition to her passion for teaching and helping her students, Mrs. Mapes-Crupi loved animals and owned two dogs that she treated like her children, her family said. She was involved in the ASPCA and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Pity R.C. Church, Bulls Head. She was also a member of the Leukemia Foundation.
In addition to her husband, Jonathan, surviving are her parents, John Jr. and Theresa Mapes, and her brother, John Mapes III.
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Matthew Funeral Home, Willowbrook, with a mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Pity Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.
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