Margie Sander, who ran delis in Sayville and Holbrook with her husband for two decades, was buried Saturday. She was 83.
Sander was buried at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Pinelawn. She died Oct. 14 at Baylor Hospital in Trophy Club, Texas, after a brief illness.
Sander and her late husband, John, who were married for more than 60 years, ran a succession of delicatessens that mixed his German heritage and her Italian background.
"Customers adored her," said her son, Bruce Sander of Stony Brook. "She was always in the limelight and always had a smile on her face."
In the family, "She was always the peacemaker. She found the good in everybody and never had a bad word to say about anyone."
Sander said his parents started work in the deli at 5:30 a.m, and he and his two sisters helped out after school and on weekends. "Every Sunday, the family would have a big Italian dinner in the back while serving customers," he recalled. In the morning, she would sing along with Italian songs on the radio "while cooking the sauce, the meatballs and sausage."Her son said his mother was a fervent Christian who liked to sing the hymn "Jesus Loves Me" to the end of her life.
Sander was born on the Lower East Side, one of 10 children. , working as a seamstress and later in a defense plant. She met her future husband at age 17 while soldering airplane circuit boards on an assembly line.
The couple retired from the deli business in 1994 and moved to Spring Hill, Fla. In 2004, they moved to North Richland Hills, Texas, near Dallas. John Sander died in 2008. A daughter, Linda, died at age 19.
Survivors include sisters, Millie Diekewiez of Camden, N.J., Antoinette Jacobellis of Kissimmee, Fla., and Josephine Aug of Spring Hill, Fla.; daughter, Barbara Tedesco of North Richland Hills; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.