Sauro, Mario

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Mario Sauro, 91, of Gaylord passed away at his beloved home on April 9, 2017 after a battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. He is predeceased by his parents, Giulio and Amelia (Nicoletto) Sauro, and his sister, Orlanda (Sauro) Nani.

He was born in 1925 in Este, Italy. When he was 11, he moved to Bolzano, Italy, where he loved the mountains. He served in the Italian Navy during World War II and escaped a prisoner of war camp after being captured by the German Army. Mario came to Canada in 1955 and then to the U.S. in 1958. He worked for Ford Motor Company until he retired and moved to Gaylord in 1976. Mario was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years. A mechanic, electrician, plumber, and an inherent artist as a singer on the Italian radio, his passion was in his exquisite wood-working and magnificent wrought iron work that he alone designed and crafted, but his true story lies in his marriage. He met and married Anna Handsy in Detroit in 1958. Their love was insurmountable.

Mario loved his family deeply with pride and is survived by his loving wife, Anna (Handsy); sons, Fernando and David (Alice) Sauro; daughter, Ninette Sauro Franz (Dale Franz, Jr. –deceased); 8 grandchildren, Cristina, Melissa, Erik (Abigail), Analise (Deepak) Kristin, Nicolas, Mariisa, Christian; and 7 great grandchildren, Emily, Lily, Tyler, Nathan, Kennedy, Aria, and Blaire.

Memorial services will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 22 at 10am, followed by a funeral mass at 11.


“Dal regno della pace e della serenita’ il Signore ti ha chiamato, veglia sui tuoi cari che a te pensano sempre.”

“From the reign of peace and serenity, God has called you, watching over your loved ones who think of you always.”

Contributions: Hospice of Michigan, 830 S. Otsego, Gaylord, MI 49735

3 comments on “Sauro, Mario”

  1. My heart and prayers are with you. I remember zio Mario and all out times we spent together very fondly. He is looking down and smiling from heaven. He had so much to be grateful for with all of you in his life.

  2. Dan and Carol Walsh

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Mario. We know how much he was loved and will be missed by so many. He had the most interesting life and lived his life to the fullest. Very sincerely, Dan and Carol

  3. Dear Mario, I have met you and your lovely family back in 1977 and enjoyed the stay over with David your son. I really have very fond memories of the time your family shared with me that summer in 1977. I am now in my mid 60s and live in a far away land.
    I know we will meet again.
    My prayers and loving thoughts to you and your loved ones.
    Pascal Salmaggi

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