Mabel Jessie Sanfilippo, beloved mother of Evelyn Butera, Donna Harris, Robert Butera, Michael Butera and Paula Rispoli, passed away peacefully, Sunday evening, February 12, 2017 of heart failure. She was born on August 9, 1925, in Boston, Massachusetts. Mabel was pre-deceased by her husband John Sanfilippo. Mabel grew up in the great depression and when World War 2 began, at just 17, she worked as a welder on the battleships in Boston Harbor. Mabel later married her boyfriend of some years, Lou Butera. They moved to Sacramento where Lou later died, leaving Mabel to raise 4 children by herself. She was an awesome mother. Eventually, she fell in love and married John Sanfilippo and was happily married until John's death in 2000. Mabel worked both at Hiram Johnson and C.K. McClatchy High Schools until retirement age. Mabel was a wonderful wife and mother who had many dear friends. Along with her 4 children, Mabel is survived by 9 grandchildren, 22 great grand children and 1 great-great grand daughter. A memorial service in Mabel's honor will be held Saturday, Feb. 18th at 11 am at RiverCity Calvary Chapel, 7322 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that you honor her life with a contribution to the RiverCity Calvary Chapel benevolence fund. www.rivercitycc.com .
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