MARIA VIDA (MANGULABNAN) DiSALVO ~ Age 80, of Batavia, Vida was born April 8, 1938 in Alasas, San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines to Silverio and Marciana (Lagman) Mangulabnan, died peacefully Sunday afternoon February 17, 2019 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation with her family by her side. Along with her parents Vida was predeceased by her siblings, Ricardo Mangulabnan, Raquel Pineda and Esperanza Bernardo.
Vida was an amazing woman, she did so much for everyone in her life, for her family and friends and anyone lucky enough to cross paths with her. Vida loved to help others and this quality was instilled in her at a young age by living with family members to help take care of their children. Many years later, Vida spent much time visiting with elderly neighbors, friends and her in-laws, with a smile, kind word, she gave love unconditionally with her caring spirit and generous heart. She was an amazing cook and often experimented with different cuisines, she frequently would cook enough dinner to share with others and if you were one of those lucky ones you undoubtedly tasted a piece of heaven.
Vida loved to sew, knit, crochet and for 50 years was a dress maker, she designed and created spectacular wedding gowns, bridesmaid, prom gowns and one of a kind outfits. She loved to garden and enjoyed sharing her “Garden of Eden” with others. Every plant was meticulously placed to create her masterpiece often used for wedding and school pictures.
Vida loved music, dancing, singing and was an avid bowler, for over 30 years you would see her at Mancuso Lanes actively involved with the Women’s Housewife League and Koffee Klutch. She enjoyed organizing the banquets and once was just a few pins shy of the perfect 300 game! Vida and Sam dancing together often caught the attention of those around at Jackson Square, 4th of July picnics, Batavia Downs and dance parties in Buffalo.
Vida loved the Lord and her church, being a member of St. Anthony’s and Ascension Parish for many years where she was very active. A passionate, meticulous woman who enjoyed life to the fullest and her gift of compassion and mercy never quit. In the last couple of years, the Vida everyone knew slowly began to fade away, but what stayed constant was her beautiful voice and gift of storytelling. In her final days, as the flame in her heart began to fade, she sang one final time, Happy Birthday to her love of 60 years, Sam.
Surviving is her husband, Samuel D. DiSalvo of Batavia; loving children, Erlinda (Mike) Suozzi of VA, Gary (Jamie) DiSalvo of Oakfield; beloved grandchildren, Michael V. Suozzi, Matthew (Jessicca) DiSalvo, Adam (Jessica) Suozzi, Christy (Daniel) Campbell, Kaeleigh, Nicole & Nathaniel DiSalvo; 5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Erlinda Santos and Juanito Mangulabnan of the Philippines along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The DiSalvo family will be present from 4-8pm on Friday February 22, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 10:15am Saturday February 23 followed by her Mass of Christian Burial 11am at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart), she will be entombed in the Fr. T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Ascension Parish or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Please share your words of comfort with Vida's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.
THE FAMILY OF VIDA DiSALVO IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4210 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.