Ceraso , Margherita E. 97
Formerly of Apollo
Margherita Elena “GiGi” (Sicilia) Ceraso, formerly of Apollo, passed into heaven Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 2012. The beloved wife of Charles M. “Chuck” Ceraso for 72 years, Margherita’s love and laughter will endure in the hearts of her family and many friends. Margherita is survived by her husband; and two loving sons, Frank, of Apollo, and David and wife, Lucy, of Cumming, Ga.; three grandchildren, Angela Driggers and husband, Clark, Katie Reed and husband, Jonathan, and Charlie Ceraso and wife, Amy. Also dear to her heart were her five great-grandchildren, Bailey and Mac Driggers and Sicilia, Lucy and Rynn Reed. Margherita was born Jan. 23, 1915, in Fall River, Mass., where she lived until her marriage in 1940. She graduated from BMC Durfee High School and worked as a seamstress in a factory making Army uniforms. When she and Chuck married, they moved to his hometown of Vandergrift, where she raised her sons and worked as a dental assistant. The couple moved to Lancer Park, Apollo, and were members of St. James Catholic Church. In 2005, they moved to Cumming, Ga., to be near grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They enjoyed many family celebrations, picnics, boat rides, ballet recitals, baseball and soccer games. They also enjoyed the many visits by neighbors and church friends. Margherita will always be remembered for her delicious food and Italian cookies. But most of all, Margherita’s love of God, love of family and family traditions, encouragement, guidance, courage, humility, servanthood, wisdom and strength will forever remain a driving force in the shaping of her family’s lives. A celebration of Margherita’s life was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at McDONALD AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040. A Mass will be held at at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, the date of Margherita's 98th birthday at St. James Church, Apollo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whispering Hope Women’s Resource and Pregnancy Center, 133 Samaritan Drive, Cumming, GA 30040, in memory of Margherita Ceraso. Friends and family are encouraged to sign her guest registry and write comments to the family online at mcdonaldandson.com.