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Xandra A. "Sandy" ALBERDI

ALBERDI, Xandra A. "Sandy" 79, of Tampa, beloved mother and grandmother, finally found peace after a long-time illness on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013. Sandy was born and raised in Tampa, growing up in the Seminole Heights neighborhood where she attended Broward Elementary and Sacred Heart High School. Right after high school, Sandy joined her father, Anibal J. Arango, in the business he established in 1948, A. J. Arango, Inc., Customs Broker/Freight Forwarder.At 22, Sandy became the youngest licensed Customs Broker in the South, and likely the youngest at the time in the entire country.Sandy reigned over A.J. Arango, Inc., until the time she was physically unable. Sandy was introduced to her future husband, Peter D. Alberdi, by his cousins and her, and her sister's, long-time high school friends, Louise and Alice Caso. Their first date was New Year's Eve in the old casino building in Ybor City.Peter and Sandy married in 1958, and quickly started their family. Sandy continued working at the family business which allowed her the opportunity to raise her children, and assist in raising her nephew and niece, Joseph R. Bryant and Mary-Kate Bryant. She was blessed with six grandchildren, who loved to stay at her home in Temple Terrace.Sandy and Peter relished taking the grandchildren around town for various activities, as well as down to the beach house they loved on Little Gasparilla Island. Sandy remained active in the Sacred Heart Alumni Association where she stayed friends with her classmates for decades following graduation. Sandy was a devout Catholic and member of the parishes at Epiphany of Our Lord and Sacred Heart. She was also active in garden clubs and a book club established by old friends.Sandy enjoyed traveling the world with friends and family after Peter's death. She very much enjoyed entertaining family and friends where her house was often the center of activity. Sandy is predeceased by her beloved Peter; her father and mother, Anibal J. and Katharine F. Arango; her brother, Anibal J. Arango, Jr.; and, her sister, Anna A. Bryant. Sandy is survived by her children, P. Daniel Alberdi, Jr.; James C. Alberdi (Marcy); Andres F. Alberdi (Debi); and Rosalyn A. McKenna (Steve). She is survived by her dear grandchildren Taylor, Ryan, Alexandra, Madeleine Alberdi and Rachel and Ava McKenna; as well as her nephew and niece, Joseph R. Bryant and Mary-Kate Bryant.She is also survived by countless dear cousins from both her and Peter's sides of the family and friends.We could not have managed to get through this difficult period without this support.Pallbearers will be P. Daniel, James, Andres, and Ryan Alberdi, Steve McKenna and Joseph Bryant. Honorary pallbearers are Guido Piccirilli, Joseph LaFountain and Walter Arango. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, Aug. 15, from 6 pm until 8 pm at the chapel of JGR Funeral Home, 6718 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning, Aug. 16, at 9:30 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 N. Florida Ave., with interment to follow in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sandy's name may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Dr., Tampa, FL 33612. Please send online condolences: www.jgrfuneralhome.com.


Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 14, 2013
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