OBITUARY

Michael C. Sansone

February 1, 1926October 8, 2012
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Mike changed his address and reported for duty. The gates of Heaven are guarded by the U.S. Marines.

Michael Charles Sansone was born February 1, 1926, at home in St. Louis, Missouri to Charles and Mary Sansone. At the age of 17, Mike enlisted with the Marines and served in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. He was a member of “Pappy” Boyington’s Black Sheep Marine Fighter Squadron #214 and was a survivor of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin.

After returning from the war, Mike enrolled at St. Louis University where he played center for the football team and met his future wife, Kay Cassidy of Clayton, Missouri. Mike and Kay’s life together as husband and wife began October 13, 1951. Mike began his career as a salesman for Johnson & Johnson, which brought him to Dallas, Texas in 1953. Mike spent the last three decades of his career with Frank W. Winnie & Sons.

Mike and Kay were blessed with seven children: Danny Sansone, Carol Baker (and her husband Ron), Mark Sansone, Christopher Sansone (and his wife Harriet), Mary Schaar (and her husband Allen), Ann Sansone and Anthony Sansone. Mike was Grandad of Keith, Cara, Ben and Maryann Baker, Cullen and Chris Schaar, Katie Schaar Cutri (and her husband Nick Cutri), Bryan and Cassidy Sansone. Mike will also be remembered as a caring uncle and cousin and was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Maryann and Jean.

Mike was dedicated to his family and his community, giving liberally of his many talents toward the establishment of St. Pius X Catholic Parish and Bishop Lynch Catholic High School. Mike was passionate about the St. Louis Cardinals, passing on his enthusiasm for football, baseball and basketball to his sons and grandchildren.

Family and friends will never forget his outsized charm, strength of spirit, and the unwavering discipline and faith that served as a rock for us all. Dad loved people and seemed to make a connection with everyone he met.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Pamela Lindsay and Compass Hospice of Dallas, wonderful caregiver Donna, friend Sylvester, Sarah Atwood of Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society, and Clinic 3 and Neurology at Dallas V.A. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to support the work of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers P.O. Box 302 Maryknoll, NY 10545 or www.maryknollsociety.org in memory of Fr. Denis O’Brien.

Semper Fi.

Services

  • Memorial Rosary

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • Memorial Mass

    Friday, October 12, 2012

Memories

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October 16, 2012

Dear Kay, Mary, Allen and all the rest of the Sansone family: We send our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Husband, Father and Granddfather. May God Bless and Keep each of you in His care always.

Uncle Charles and Aunt Patty Schaar
Victoria, Texas

Anne Grimley-Horwitz

October 14, 2012

Dear Sansone family, I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Sansone's passing. Although I personally did not know Mr. Sansone well, I did have the privilege of knowing most of his children and nieces and nephews. My thoughts and prayers go out to them all. May your happy memories of him give you comfort during this time of grief. Sincerely yours, Anne Grimley- Horwitz

Rich "Gabby" Armstrong

October 12, 2012

Growing up, my impression of Mr. Sansone was as a gentle giant. He was a presence in a room but generally for his smile, hand shake or affable greeting. It was obvious that he was a man's man. I would pity the fellow that had to line up opposite a young Mike Sansone on a football field. He was not reserved when it came to a sports opinion nor his respect for a real competitor. That passion was equally evident in his love for his family and faith. He always seemed like a guy not only with a plan but one willing to put it in action. Along with Mrs. Sansone they were "movers and shakers" in our church. They were always willing participants and seemed to support a myriad of activities in our community. Mike might be the usher for the 9 o'clock mass but then he could be found in the school cafeteria after the 10 o'clock mass wearing an apron and stacking pancakes for the Men's Club breakfast. He could easily dominate while looking you straight in the eye while expressing an opinion. It was just as easy for him to humbly bow his head and acknowledge your grief as he did for my parents. Thanks God, for men in our community worthy of emulation. The Sansone family reflects great credit on each other and Mr. Sansone.

Charles Allen

October 12, 2012

I am sorry for your loss.

Terri Muldoon

October 12, 2012

Love and prayers to you all. Now he can watch over you from on high.

Joy Slovak

October 11, 2012

Ann and Tony I am sorry for you and your family at this sorrowful time of the passing of your father. It is my regret I didn't get to know the entire Sansone Family better. I do know your Dad was always friendly and had a kind word when ever I had the opportunity to speak to him at church. My heartfelt sympathy to you, your mother and all your family at this sad and difficult time. Joy Slovak

Mary Grimley

October 11, 2012

Dear Kay, Ann and the entire Sansone clan, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are all priveldged knowing such a charming, spirited and lovely soul. May God bless you all and give you peace and comfort in the memories that you all share. Love to all, Mary and Maggie xo

Mary Grimley

October 11, 2012

Dear Kay, Ann and the entire Sansone family, sending our love and prayers and we are there with you in spirit. We are all are blessed having known your beautiful, spirited, graceful and wonderful husband/dad/grandfather. There will never be another one like him! God bless you all and wishing you comfort and peace. Mary and Maggie xoxo

October 11, 2012

My prayers goes out to all of you with the passing of Mike.

My years at BL were great years due to Mike and his family.

Love in Christ
Tom Coughlin

Bill Armstrong

October 11, 2012

To Kay and the rest of the Sansones, Bakers and Schaars: My deepest condolences and prayers are with you in Mike's passing. I know that your faith, your love for Mike (Dad & Granddad) and your fond memories of your lives with him will comfort you during this time. I learned many lessons from Mike that I didn't appreciate until these past few years. From my earliest memories of childhood, I admired his strong faith and devotion to Our Lady, exemplified by his many years of service as an escort of the Pilgrim Virgin statue to the homes of parishioners. His example showed me that Catholic men have a duty to live their faith through dedication and actions. Mike the volunteer taught me that no task was too small when the need arose to pitch-in for the good of the community. Whether it was lining the football fields for St. Pius and Bishop Lynch games or any other behind-the-scenes menial tasks that are so necessary for others to enjoy an event, his example taught me the value of contributing to the greater good with whatever time or talents you have. I admired the way that Mike lived the strength of his convictions. I never saw him wishy-washy in a discussion. To throw in another cliché, although very true, he said what he meant and meant what he said. A great debt of gratitude is owed to Mike and the other members of “the greatest generation” for their sacrifices, the exemplary life lessons they taught us and the many contributions they made to the lives of so many. I will miss him.

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