Marie Teresa Sansone, better known as Mona, died on Tuesday at Southampton Hospital. She was 88 and had been a resident of Sag Harbor for the last 11 years. Her death was attributed to old age.
“She was generous and gracious, fun-loving and always kind,” said a friend, Susan Levine of Santa Barbara, Calif. “She sang on holidays and danced at every opportunity. Mona, with her sparkling eyes and big heart, a woman of faith who made everyone feel appreciated, will surely be missed but will always be loved.”
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, on April 9, 1925, Mrs. Sansone often spoke of wonderful times growing up in the Canadian wilderness, said her daughter Barbara Sansone. Mrs. Sansone’s father, Luke Hancox, died when she was 2, and she was raised by her mother, Mary Hancox, and her extended family. She attended high school and college in Canada.
She married Thomas Sansone, a surgeon, in 1947. In the early 1950s, the couple moved to Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The marriage ended years later in divorce. Mr. Sansone died about five years ago.
In Michigan, Mrs. Sansone did volunteer work at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, and at a community for the elderly. She was “a second mother” to her children’s friends, who adored her, said her daughter.
After making frequent visits to the South Fork to be with her daughter Barbara and her daughter Patricia Sansone, both of whom live in East Hampton, Mrs. Sansone moved to Sag Harbor in 2002. She worked at Mark Fore and Strike and loved living here, her daughters said. Mother and daughters often traveled together throughout Canada and to the Caribbean.
Besides her daughters, Mrs. Sansone is survived by a son, Dr. Michael Sansone of Birmingham, Mich., and “countless friends whose lives she touched,” her daughters said.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery in East Hampton, Msgr. Donald Hanson officiating. Mrs. Sansone’s family has suggested memorial contributions to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 79 Buell Lane, East Hampton 11937.