OBITUARY

Maria A. Amato

March 28, 1943September 28, 2021
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Maria Antonia Amato, age 78, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, September 28, 2021 while at home with her family. She was born March 28, 1943 in Alcamo, Trapani, Sicily to Pietro and Vitria Lombardo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Gino Lombardo and Vito Lombardo. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Castrenze “Steve” Amato; children Tony (Brenda) Amato, Peter (Karen) Amato, Kathy (Thomas) D’Angelo; grandchildren Maria, Eddie, Nicolas, Shelby, Anthony, Vincent, Dominic, Isabella, Marco; siblings Joe Lombardo, Francis Stabile; and many extended family and friends.

She moved to the United States in 1962 and married Castrenze “Steve” November 19, 1966. Maria was an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed her life surrounded by family gatherings, always celebrating her devotion to her family. Maria was a legend and a legacy maker. She loved cooking and the pretty things in life, which included her passion for flowers and nature. She enjoyed traveling with family and passing on traditions of her heritage in cooking and celebrations. She was always curious and wanted to be anywhere her family was. She loved home making, cooking, traveling, discovering new places on family outings. Her adventures of traveling included going to Arizona in the winter with Steve and spending summers on Gun Lake. She also enjoyed camping, sightseeing, nature parks, and road trips. She enjoyed teaching her family her talents such as gardening, cooking, and sewing. She was a hard worker and spent many years working in the family restaurant business serving up her rustic style Sicilian dishes. She also enjoyed her career as a beautician and proudly owned her beauty salon in Wyoming, Michigan. She was the first woman business owner in her family and was licensed for 45 years in cosmetology.

Visitation will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2021 at Kubiak-Cook Funeral Home - Wayland Chapel, 312 N. Main St., Wayland, MI 49348, with prayers of the Rosary at 4:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, October 4, 2021 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 128 Cedar St., Wayland, MI 49348 with visitation from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Maria will be laid to rest at Elmwood Cemetery. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.kubiakcookwayland.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 3, 2021

  • Rosary

    Sunday, October 3, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 4, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, October 4, 2021

Memories

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Michael Castillo

October 3, 2021

you will always be in our heats, i know you will be looking down to check on us with your blessings. love you always

Daniela Nicastro

October 1, 2021

Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking especially when it’s a mother a wife and a Nonna!Zia Maria I will always remember your kindness and smile😞

Losing a loved one is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone., been there!!!
My heart is with you during this time of loss and in the brighter days to come.

Ciao Zia Maria and I know you are shine bright like a diamond in heaven ❤️

Angela Schneider

September 30, 2021

I will always remember Ms. Amato as a strong female figure, well respected and loved by so many, including myself. I spent nearly every lunch hour of my freshman year in high school at her studio or in the pizza place. A true legacy.

Kathy and family,
May your treasured memories carry you through the difficult times ahead.

Hugs and love.

jeff leeke

September 29, 2021

What a sweet person..I would visit them both in Arizona and Michigan and each time it was with open doors and open arms..You could never stop by and expect to leave with out Mrs. Amato making her way to the kitchen and feeding you some of the best food you have ever tasted..Our Prayers are with the Family God Bless..The Leekes

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