Doris Caroline Sammarco, 94, of Leland, NC passed away peacefully on Friday, May 28th.
Born in Jersey City, NJ on July 24th of 1926 to Walter Jensen and Caroline Heinlein, Doris is survived by her loving husband Rudolph Orlando Sammarco, her loving son James Edward Sammon, his wife Juliet Sammon, and her stepdaughter Anne Marie House. Grandchildren include Katherine Cortes, Jessica Anne House, Mallory Lynne House, and James Rudy Sammon. Doris’ sister, Marion Pisano, and Doris’ brother, Edward Jensen, preceded her in death.
Doris raised her son as a single mother before that was common, modeling unconditional love and resilience. She worked as a Secretary for Bristol Babcock in New York City. When Doris met Rudy in 1972, they quickly became a couple and married the following year. Their first home was in Fair Lawn, NJ. When Doris and Rudy retired, they sold that home and moved into their “weekend home” in the Poconos. With not enough to keep them entertained, they sold the Pocono home and moved to a 55+ development in Belvidere, NJ, but because they never thought of themselves as being over 55, they moved again to a single family home the sunshine state of Florida. And although they loved it there, Florida was just too many miles from family, so they moved again to Virginia (to narrow the gap) and then somehow, moved again, finally settling in beautiful Leland. Anyone would think that with so many moves, these two were in the witness protection program! But actually, they were making and collecting friendships along the way. Doris took a genuine interest in almost everyone she has ever met and her memory is one to be admired! She is absolutely incredible! Right up until last week, Doris was still reaching out to friends from all over the states! That being said, Doris will be missed by so many.
Doris’ family will receive visitors at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Leland Chapel, 525 Village Road Leland, NC 28451 on Wednesday, June 2, from 1pm-3pm and 5pm-7pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 412 Ann Street Wilmington, NC 28401 on Wednesday, June 2, at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation at 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation,525 Village Road Leland, NC 28451 910-383-3511