Margaret Mary Mazzeo, 97, of Sedona, Ariz., went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2017.
Margaret was born Margaret Onori in Auburn, N.Y., on Sept. 4, 1919 to Sam and Cristina Onori. After graduating from nursing school in Auburn, she worked at both Mercy and Auburn Memorial Hospitals. She married Anthony Mazzeo in 1943 and had six children together. They opened Tony’s Market at the 5 Points in Auburn, and then in 1968, moved to Palm Springs, Calif., where “Tony” died a few months after the move. She showed great courage and strength returning to nursing and providing for her children who were still at home.
She learned to drive at the age of 58 and could be seen doing errands around town, a tiny head barely over the dashboard in a big Cadillac. After living in La Quinta and Indio, Calif. with her daughter until 2008, she moved to Sedona, Ariz., residing at Sedona Winds and later at Kachina Point where she had many friends.
She enjoyed singing to her family and friends with her favorite song, “I’ll Be Loving You, Always” in addition to “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” which put a smile on so many faces.
She loved speaking Italian with her surviving sisters, Jo Galloway, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Doris Delfano, of Poland, Ohio.
Her loving brothers, Dom and Al Onori preceded her death.
As a Roman Catholic, Margaret’s faith in God was a source of strength and joy.
Margaret leaves behind a large and loving family known for laughter, singing, and eating: David Mazzeo and his wife, Karyn, of Auburn, N.Y., Kathy Scollan and her husband, John, of Auburn, N.Y., Diane Troianello and her husband, Tony, of Sedona, Ariz., Mary Ellen Piazza, of Indio, Calif., Rick Mazzeo and his wife, Della, of Skaneateles, N.Y., and Annie Mazzeo, of Sedona, Ariz. She treasured her nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held Nov. 6 in Sedona, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Margaret’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Margaret, with her beautiful smile and sweetness, will be greatly missed.