Doris Caroline Sammarco

July 24, 1926 - May 28, 2021
Doris Caroline Sammarco


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

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  • May 31, 2021
    Jeff & Renee Thalmann says:
    We will always remember Doris as a sweet & loving person who went out of her way to ask "how you're doing" and to say a kind word. We loved her & Rudy very much as good friends & neighbors, and we will certainly miss her.

  • June 01, 2021
    Dwayne and Cat Wolf says:
    We loved Doris very much and are grateful to have had her in our lives. We will miss her dearly and our hearts go out to Rudy, and her family, including Jenny.

  • June 01, 2021
    Rick & Dorothy Schneider says:
    When we moved into Waterford (knowing very few people) Doris and Rudy invited us and another couple to their home for dinner, and we became fast friends. Whenever we walk past their home (almost daily) we stop to chat and catch up. Doris always remembered what we shared and would ask about our families. Her recall and sense of humor were amazing! We (as well as our daughter, grandson and dog) will miss her terribly. Rest In Peace, Doris!

  • June 01, 2021
    Scott and Kathy Keck says:
    Doris was a sweet friend and neighbor for many years. She will be greatly missed!

  • June 01, 2021
    David and Grisel says:
    RIP Doris. Our deepest sympathies to Rudy, Jim (Julie), Anne and grandchildren.