Of Saugus. Age 100, peacefully transitioned from this life on Friday, August 26th. She was predeceased by her loving husband Frank and her beloved children Linda and John.
Born in Brighton, Mrs. Zaia was the daughter of the late Vincent and Mary (Tomacelli) Spallone. Sandra held many jobs from the age of 14 to 82 years old. She worked as a clerk and a waitress and spent the last 36 working years at Conant Control as a machinist assembler. She belonged to many clubs, loved dancing and socializing, and in her retirement, loved to travel, including a trip to San Bartolomeo, Italy to visit her parent’s birthplace. She was an artist, loved crosswords, reading, sewing, cooking, and playing scrabble.
Sandra was the matriarch of her beautiful, devoted family. Sandra leaves the following message for her family – “I would like my family to remember that I am so very proud of my children and grandchildren and that I love you all so very much. I have lived a good life because I had the love of a good family and I was very blessed. Always remember that you are a family and keep close, and that your family is there for you always, and to love each other and be kind to each other.”
Sandra leaves behind her daughters, Sandra Colucci and her husband Robert of Grand Island, FL, Marilyn Cipriano and her husband Richard of Saugus, Elaine Gaff and her husband Ron of Saugus; her son Frank Zaia, Jr. and his wife Lisa of West Newbury; daughter-in-law, Nancy Zaia of Haverhill; 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren; her brother, Michael Spallone of Saugus; sister-in-law, Margaret Spallone; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her children Linda and John, Sandra was predeceased by 2 grandchildren and her siblings, Margaret Como, Leonard Spallone, and her best friend and sister the late Millie Robertson.
Relatives & friends were invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave. Saugus on Tuesday,August. Funeral from the funeral home on Wednesday followed by a funeral mass in Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to either Care Dimensions @ caredimensions.org or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital @ stjude.org.