October 18, 1933 – November 11, 2020
Beloved husband of Cecelia. Loving father of Elizabeth (Mike), Christina (Dave), Cecelia Ann and Michelle. Dear brother of Grace. Cherished grandfather of 12. Adored great-grandfather of 5.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
November 16, 2020
Poppa, thinking of you brings to mind so many memories that I wouldn’t know where to begin in picking just one. You and I seemed to share the same kind of humor that you would get a twinkle in your eye whenever we would “kibbitz” together, as you used to say. The earliest memory I have of us is you visiting our house in WA when I was about 2 or 3 years old and telling me a story of Little Red Riding hood. You had a special doll that were the characters, and I loved how you voiced all the characters. The wolf was scary but you leaned in close and spoke softly in a way that I would feel safe. I loved hearing your stories, Poppa, and your silly words. Not to mention your yogurt parfaits, which I have renamed Poppa Parfaits! Even when we were apart I knew that you loved me and that you always wanted the best for me. And, when we were together, I was content just being in the same room with you; sitting near you. We didn’t have to talk. We didn’t need to. I love you so much. Miss you.
November 14, 2020
Dad – How do you put a lifetime of memories in 2000 words or less? I remember the last time we saw each other. As Sarah and I were leaving for the airport we hugged each other goodbye. That in itself was not unusual. What was different was that we seemed to hug each other just a little bit tighter, as if we knew that would be the last time we saw each other. We began to cry. You leaned in and whispered, “You’re stronger than you think. You’re a fighter. You’re a Sanzone”. You used to tell me this growing up when I would sometimes doubt myself.
I will never forget when, a week after Sarah was born, you literally gave me the shirt off your back and wrapped it around me because you saw how cold I was despite the layers of clothing I was wearing. This is just a small example of how you lived your life-with integrity, love and strength. Without saying a word you lived your faith. You loved big and unconditionally. I love you Dad. Rest in peace. ~Michelle
November 13, 2020
Charles..So many memories from Maspeth, Greenport, Babylon, Dix Hills. You lived your life with dignity and a smile on your face even through some tough years. Rest easy now for you've earned your reward. We will miss you. With love and fondness, cousin grace
November 12, 2020
Pop- I will ALWAYs remember, and share the wonderful story about the time you challenged me about wanting to marry your daughter! Love you always, Mike