Obituary, Michael C. Sansone

In Memory of

Michael C. Sansone

February 1, 1926 – October 8, 2012

Mike changed his address and reported for duty. The gates of Heaven are guarded by the U.S. Marines.

Michael Charles Sansone was born February 1, 1926, at home in St. Louis, Missouri to Charles and Mary Sansone. At the age of 17, Mike enlisted with the Marines and served in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. He was a member of “Pappy” Boyington’s Black Sheep Marine Fighter Squadron #214 and was a survivor of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin.

After returning from the war, Mike enrolled at St. Louis University where he played center for the football team and met his future wife, Kay Cassidy of Clayton, Missouri. Mike and Kay’s life together as husband and wife began October 13, 1951. Mike began his career as a salesman for Johnson & Johnson, which brought him to Dallas, Texas in 1953. Mike spent the last three decades of his career with Frank W. Winnie & Sons.

Mike and Kay were blessed with seven children: Danny Sansone, Carol Baker (and her husband Ron), Mark Sansone, Christopher Sansone (and his wife Harriet), Mary Schaar (and her husband Allen), Ann Sansone and Anthony Sansone. Mike was Grandad of Keith, Cara, Ben and Maryann Baker, Cullen and Chris Schaar, Katie Schaar Cutri (and her husband Nick Cutri), Bryan and Cassidy Sansone. Mike will also be remembered as a caring uncle and cousin and was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Maryann and Jean.

Mike was dedicated to his family and his community, giving liberally of his many talents toward the establishment of St. Pius X Catholic Parish and Bishop Lynch Catholic High School. Mike was passionate about the St. Louis Cardinals, passing on his enthusiasm for football, baseball and basketball to his sons and grandchildren.

Family and friends will never forget his outsized charm, strength of spirit, and the unwavering discipline and faith that served as a rock for us all. Dad loved people and seemed to make a connection with everyone he met.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Pamela Lindsay and Compass Hospice of Dallas, wonderful caregiver Donna, friend Sylvester, Sarah Atwood of Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society, and Clinic 3 and Neurology at Dallas V.A. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to support the work of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers P.O. Box 302 Maryknoll, NY 10545 or in memory of Fr. Denis O’Brien.

Semper Fi.