Rosaria Sara Bengardino (Ditta)

Date of Death: 
September 21st, 2021

Rosaria "Sara" Bengardino (nee Ditta) age 90 died Tuesday September 21, 2021. Sara was born in Campobello di Mazara, Sicily in 1931, the fifth child of Giuseppe and Rosalia Ditta. In 1961, Sara married Antonio Bengardino of Roggiano Gravina, Calabria. Antonio saw a picture of Sara at a friend's (coincidentally Sara's cousin) home and the two began a correspondence culminating in their engagement over the phone. They met only a month before their wedding, but stayed happily married until Antonio's death in 1984. In doing so, she realized her lifelong dream of coming to America and became an American citizen. Together they raised three children in Philadelphia, California, and Philadelphia again. Sara was a master seamstress, working in bridal salons and in children's clothing manufacturing. Sara also independently designed and executed custom gowns, including many wedding gowns. She made Baptismal gowns for many of her grandchildren including her great-granddaughter. Her greatest joy was her family. Sara delighted in spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a fabulous cook whose pastina could cure every ill. Her recipes are the stuff of legend and enjoy constant use by family and friends. Sara could always be relied upon to sing a song, tell a story, and host food-filled sleepovers for her grandchildren. After selling her home in Philadelphia, Sara became a jetsetter, frequently traveling between Philadelphia and California to spend time with her bi-coastal family. She took great pleasure in introducing a whole new audience of card players to Scopa and Briscola. As COVID-19 ended her traveling, Sara took to the frequent use of technology and mastered FaceTime. Sara was a woman of deep faith and conviction. She was deeply devoted to St. Padre Pio and never missed her private prayers. Her faith extended to her sense of hospitality: if you were with her, she welcomed you and cared for you—even if you were a random fellow traveler on a cross-country flight. Everyone she met was instantly loved as a family member. Sara celebrated her 90th year with gratitude and joy for a life well lived and ready to meet the Lord. Sara will be sadly missed by her loving children, Michelina Corcoran and her husband Laurence, Joseph Bengardiino and Rosalia Letson and her husband Eric. Sara is the loving Nonna of Jenna, James, Antonia, Antonio, Sara and Vincenzo, as well as her loving great grandchild Addison. Relatives and friends are invited to viewing Saturday October 9, 2021 from 9-10am at Our Lady of Consolation Church, Princeton Ave and Tulip St. Phila. PA. 19135. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am with Interment to follow at the St. Dominic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers family perfers contribution to Our Lady of Consolation Convent Restoration Appeal.

Memories and Condolences

My prayers and condolences go out to Sara’s Beautiful family. Sara was so kind and inviting to my entire family, we enjoyed the time we got to spend with her. She was a beauty inside and out and we are grateful to have known her, I have some lace trim and fabric that she had given me, I will always treasure it. ❤️ Much love and prayers from the Liddi family 🙏🏻
Mrs. Bengardino was the kindest person, warm heart and always giving. She will be truly missed, she was a beautiful person inside and out. We are truly blessed to have known her for so many years!
I have nothing but kind and loving memories of Mrs Bengardino. She was an amazing lady. One particular memory I have is the day I spent with her when she was cleaning out her house before she moved. I offered to help. She said come on over and I will fix us a little lunch. Well that little lunch was a homemade spaghetti dinner. That was Mrs B. She loved people! My condolences to all of family. She truly was a wonderful lady. I will miss her very much. I love you Mrs B
I want to wish dear sweet Sara a very fond farewell. She has always been a special lady who’s shown me nothing but great kindness ever since I met her some 20 years ago. I know, where’s she’s going, she will be in great company. Also, I’m sure Tony, lena, Jan, Bob and Karen will be waiting to give her great big welcoming hugs as will many others! I will forever remember her and always keep a special place in my heart for her as well! All my love for Sara and her family! Cousin Dave H
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your Mother was such a beautiful and thoughtful woman always thinking of others. May you find comfort in your cherished memories of your beautiful Mother/ Grandmother.❤🙏

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