Home: Salt Lake City, Utah
Death Date: June 1, 2017
Birthdate: April 11, 1932
Place Of Birth: Caramanico, Italy
Service Information: Saturday, June 10, 2017 10:00 AM
Service Location: St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
On June 1st, 2017, an Angel named Mariuccia "Mary" Di Sera decided it was time to move on to Heaven. She passed peacefully in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mary was born on April 11th, 1932 in Caramanico, Italy to Fiore De Angelis and Lucia Di Monte. In 1949, she met a handsome Italian named Leonardo "Leonard" Di Sera. He swept her off her feet! Three months later, on October 20th, 1949, they were married in her home town. With great bravery, Mary left her country, her family, and her language to immigrate to the United States with her Leonard. They remained inseparable for 66 years.
Mary came into this world to make it a better place. Her natural love, light, and selflessness were a beacon for all who knew her. She truly lived to make life better for everyone she touched. As a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend she positively affected everyone around her in a special way. She had a natural calling to reach out and help others. She regularly visited and administered Holy Communion to the sick and ailing. She set aside time each day to pray for the needs of others. Knowing Mary's strong dedication to prayer, acquaintances would regularly ask that she include them in her prayers. Mary put her family, friends, and faith above all else. She exemplified the meaning of a selfless person.
Mary had a purity of heart and mind that allowed her to see people in an unfiltered way. She would unblinkingly look into your eyes and have a deeper understanding of how you were feeling. Mary's combination of honesty, caring and intuition helped her understand far beyond her formal education. Family and friends sought out her quiet wisdom and insight.
Mary took the news of her Alzheimer's disease with grace and determination. The last 6 years were not easy for Mary, but she maintained her sparkling smile and easy to laugh demeanor. She gracefully adjusted to her new world, never angry at her circumstances. Mary continued one foot in front of the other accepting each setback as it arrived. She lived her life with the highest integrity and principal. She navigated her long wonderful life with joy, courage and grace.
Mary is survived by her children Flamminio (Peggy) Di Sera, Gina Di Sera (Casey Jackson), Lenny (Tonya) Di Sera; four grandchildren Billy, Angela, Siena and Sante; three great-grandchildren McKenzie, Xander, and Devon.
A viewing will be held on Friday, June 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 PM at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1375 East Spring Lane, Salt Lake City. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 AM at St. Vincent Church. After the Mass, family and friends are invited to the Benvenue Center for a Luncheon in Mary's honor.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Neighborhood House.