Frances Sanzo, 90, a resident of Millcreek, passed away at home on Nov. 21, 2012, surrounded by her family.
Born July 29, 1922, in Torre di Ruggerio, Italy, she was the daughter of the late Elisabetta Cristello and Frank Appa.
She previously had been employed as a seamstress at the NuBone Company and B. Berman Bedding. She had been a member of Christian Assembly Church in Erie for 40 years and currently was a member of Lakeshore Assembly of God in Westfield, N.Y., where her son, Vinny, is pastor.
Frances immigrated to the United States with her family in 1953, and was so proud to become a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1968. The most important things in Frances' life were her faith in her Lord, and her love for her family. She loved her family unconditionally and throughout her lifetime prayed for them daily and was always there to listen and support them. She loved gardening, cooking and baking, and was affectionately known as "Mama" Sanzo to many who knew and loved her.
Frances is survived by her children: a daughter, Lena (Robert) Tanner of Millcreek; four sons: Vinny (Kim) Sanzo of Westfield, N.Y., Nick (Cathy) Sanzo, of Millcreek, Joe (Tricia) Sanzo of SanRamon, Calif., and Plant City, Fla., and Frank (Denise) Sanzo of Millcreek; seven grandchildren: Bethany (Tim) Stronghart, Robert (Michelle) Tanner, Nate Sanzo, Joanna Sanzo, Anthony Sanzo, Nicholas Sanzo and Isabella Sanzo; four great-grandchildren: Timothy and Cody Stronghart, and Ryan and Lauren Tanner; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Frank Sanzo; and a sister, Rose Aversa.
Friends may call at the Brugger Home for Funerals, 1595 West 38th St., Erie, on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and are invited to a service celebrating the life of Frances on Monday, Nov. 26 at 11a.m. at the Christian Assembly, 2417 Liberty St., Erie, with her son, the Rev. Vincent Sanzo, officiating. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lakeshore Assembly of God, 252 E. Main St., Westfield, NY 14787; Christian Assembly, 2417 Liberty St., Erie, PA 16502; or VNA Hospice of Erie County, 2253 West Grandview, Erie, PA 16506. Add condolences and photos at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com