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Goodbody Mortuary

5027 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA

OBITUARY

Mary Rita Principato

May 3, 1928September 6, 2019
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Mary Rita Principato was born in San Diego’s Little Italy district on May 3rd, 1928. Her parents were Salvatore and Mary Sardo. Mary came into this world the same way she left it, with a compassion for practicing, consoling and encouraging her husband and family.

She graduated from San Diego High School in 1945 and joined the business world as an accomplished Secretary. She met and in 1950 married the love of her life, John Principato, a commercial fisherman. They enjoyed 68 years together; until John’s passing in 2018.

Mary (mom) was tireless in her work and I cannot count all the times she stayed up all night calling all the hospitals in town because us boys would be out almost the whole night, at times. She fed us gourmet Italian meals, washed and folded our clothes, soothed our fears and got out the pasta wooden stick to teach us some humility when we got out of line. Our mother was always full of incredible love for us that was rare to see in our day and age. Mary was tireless in her daily work ethics. It was not only for her own welfare but also for the appreciated accolades she received from her husband and children. We love you very much mom!

Mary is survived by her sons, Peter, Salvatore, (laura) and John; her brother Vito (carol). Also survived by 8 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Mary is preceded in death by her parents Salvatore and Mary Sardo, brothers, Frank Sardo (Jenny), Jack Sardo (Marilyn), and her sister Jenny Ferrantelli (Mike) and her son David.

Services will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery on September 20th ,2019 @ 11:00 AM Viewing at Goodbody Mortuary September 19th , 2019 from 4:00-8:00PM.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Cryptside Service Friday, September 20, 2019

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