Maria Vuoso (DeLuca)
During this holy season our Lord decided to call his daughter Maria Vuoso (DeLuca) home to his side. We are both heartbroken and joyful at the same time that it was His wish that she join Him at the celebration of Jesus' birth in heaven. Maria Vuoso had a brief illness that took her from us on Christmas morning, December 25 2012. Her devoted family held vigil constantly at her side during this time. Maria was born on April 5, 1922 on the island of Ischia to Pasquale and Carmela De Luca, the last of 6 children. Although she was a teenager during the height of WW II with many stories of occupied Italy, she nevertheless looked back fondly on her youth on the tiny island of Ischia with a warm and loving family. In 1943 she studied sewing and dress design in Naples, Italy and became an accomplished seamstress, who also taught sewing to many young girls. In 1949 she married Pancrazio Vuoso at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Pompeii. They settled in San Pedro and had 5 children together in addition to Pancrazio's 3 sons. Pancrazio owned and operated the fishing vessel St. George II and Maria was a busy homemaker, to say the least, especially after the arrival of their triplet boys in 1958. After Pancrazio's death in 1979 she unselfishly continued to dedicate her life to her children and family. Maria is survived by her daughter, Lili Boccanfuso (Neil); sons, Michael (Pamm), Marco (Debbie) and Victor; her grandchildren, Maria Banuelos (Reyes), Gina Boccanfuso, Victoria Weaver (Greg), Matthew Vuoso (Amanda), John Vuoso, Marc Vuoso and Eric Vuoso. They all carry long lasting memories of their "Nonna" and her humorous sayings. Maria had one great grandchild, Diego Banuelos. Also surviving her are her step sons, Joseph Vuoso (Diane) and Frank Vuoso (Violet); and their children, Anthony (Shari), Paul (Sara), and Stephen. Also, step grandchildren, Frank Vuoso (Gloria) and Jenni Merges (Dan). Also survived by her sister-in-law and traveling companion Mrs. Raffaele DeLuca. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pancrazio (1979); her son, George (2009); her granddaughter, Marisa (1993); and step son, Nick (1969). We cannot neglect to mention Cecilia and Carla, who were companions to our mother during the past 2 years and grew to become her friends. Finally, Patti and Tess, we knew you for 3 short days but the acts of compassion you showed our mother will never be forgotten. Maria would wish to be remembered as a simple woman with a great devotion to her family, the blessed rosary, Our Lady of Pompeii and Padre Pio. May she rest in peace with heavenly angels. "In Paradisum" Mama. Services are as follows: Viewing at Green Hills Memorial Park on Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church San Pedro, CA. Interment immediately following at Green Hills. Donations or contributions in Maria's memory can be made to a charitable organization of your choosing. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2012