May 10, 1927 – Oct. 18, 2011
Maria passed away quietly in her sleep in the presence of her family after a courageous struggle with brain cancer.
Maria is survived by Vito Antonio (Tony), her husband of 63 years; her sisters: Pasqualina Pontino in Italy; Michelina Marino (Annunziato) of Christina Lake, B.C.; children: Salvatore DeSandoli (Janice), Francesca Froehlich (Kurt), Filomena Adams (Murray), Donato DeSandoli (Susan), and Michael DeSandoli (Haddy); along with grandchildren: Lisa (Don), Mario (Marianna), Gino (Danni), William, Kurt Jr, Steven, Laura (Jody), Christina, Roberto, Elysia, Marissa and great-grandchildren Domenic, Luca, Massimo, Isabella, and Sophia.
Maria was a brave woman and the pillar of strength upon whom our family was built.
She was born and raised in Lavello, Potenza, Italy and then moved to Canada in 1953, spending most of her life in Trail. She was a sweet and kind mother, grandmother and friend who was always ready with advice, a hug or great Italian food. She and Tony raised a loving and caring family. We will miss her very much.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hume, Dr. Tseng, the B.C. Cancer Centre staff, Cheam Residences staff and Glenwood Care Centre staff for their compassionate care. A service will be held at 1:00 pm on October 22, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Agassiz, followed by interment at Valley View cemetery.
Donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences may be mailed to Vito Antonio DeSandoli, Cheam Residences, 148-1525 MacKay Cres., Agassiz, B.C. V0M 1A3