Sara Marsala

  • Born: November 6, 1963
  • Died: March 19, 2012
  • Location: Benton Harbor, Michigan

Tribute & Message From The Family

Sara Marsala, 48, of Benton Harbor, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at her home with her family by her side.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at St. John's Catholic Church, 600 Columbus Street, Benton Harbor, officiated by Father William Jacobs, Jr. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2012, at Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to SS John & Bernard Parish or Hospice at Home. Those wishing to sign the Memory Book online may do so at

Sara was born on November 6, 1963 to Angelo and Maria (Bonaccorso) Marsala in Benton Harbor. She graduated from Lake Michigan Catholic High School in 1982. She was an accomplished athlete and avid golfer, achieving a hole-in-one at Paw Paw Lake Golf Course. She was a dedicated employee working as a processing clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Kalamazoo. She was a devoted aunt who showered her nieces with unending love.

She is survived by two sisters, Anna (Gabriel) Krajecki and Josephine (Gregory) Koziuk both of Benton Harbor, nieces, Angela Seaman, Nina, Paige, and Sophie Koziuk, and step-nieces, Angela & Danielle Strong.

Sara was preceded in death by her parents


Condolence & Memory Journal

Over Labor day weekend 2013 I visited Michigan and found were Sara is laid to rest. Words can't describe how I felt, she at one time was the love of my life, but we went our separate ways, as years past on we lost contact, but the love I had for her did not. On March 21st 2012 I was at my laptop and the Holy Spirit of God said to me do a search on Sara, I did and it was her obituary, she had passed, my heart sank deep within me. I would have loved to have seen her before her parted this earth, but I know I will see her again when I leave this earth and are Heaven bound, God Bless you Sara, I will always Love you my dear sweet girl !

Posted by Douglas E. Gilmore - Chattanooga, TN - Love of my Life   October 02, 2013

I lost contact with Sara many years ago, she was such a great person, will definately be missed.

Posted by Laura Aviles - greenville, SC - friend   March 31, 2012


Sara was a wonderful girl when I knew her 30 yrs. ago. I hope and pray she is with the Lord Jesus Christ. My prayers are with you Jo and Ann, love all of you and God BLESS YOU ALL!

Posted by Douglas E. Gilmore - chattanooga, TN - Past friend   March 27, 2012

Anna and Jo,

I was so sad to hear of Sara's passing. She was a dear friend to me during middle and high school at LMC. We lost touch after high school, but the fond memories remain. She was beautiful, sweet, caring, and wise. May you find comfort in knowing that she is free from pain now, and may God be with you through this difficult time.

Posted by Jane Lally (Gentry) - Ada, MI - friend   March 25, 2012


Your family is praying for all of you...may you find peace.

Posted by Dave Peterson and Family - Afton, MN - friend   March 25, 2012


Anna and Jo,

I am deeply saddened to hear of Sara's passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family.
Sara was a very beautiful, kind person with a great sense of humour. I remember her laugh well.
May God carry you through this difficult time.

Posted by Patricia Cleary - Lakeland, MI - Friend   March 24, 2012

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear of Sara's passing.

She was my classmate - and my friend - at LMC, and I remember her well. Her picture here shows her just as I knew her: smiling, kind, beautiful, a bit mischievous.

My heart goes out to her family, and I offer my sincere condolences.

Jennifer Fisher Edwards

Posted by Jennifer Fisher Edwards - Minneapolis, MN - Friend   March 23, 2012

Dear Anna, Jo & Family,

I can't put into words how much my heart goes out to you.
I wish I could have known her better, but glad I had the opportunity to meet her. I know she has brought so much joy to your lives. I know I will get the chance to hear more of your memories and I am looking forward to hearing those stories of the fun and happiness she spread to all.
Please know that I am with you in thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Pamn Puckett - South Haven, MI - coworker   March 23, 2012

Sara was a dear friend from many years ago. I recently had the privilege of catching up with Sara during a visit at her home. She was as sweet as I remembered her being. She will be greatly missed by many. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Posted by Sonja (Jones) Richcreek - Bridgman, MI - Friend   March 23, 2012


My heart and prayers are with you Jo and Ann may god give you peace In the following days.Wish we could be there for you like you were there to help when we lost Tyler.But our love Is.

Posted by Margaret Gettig-York - Sophia, NC   March 23, 2012

I worked in the same department with Sara and although I did not know her well, I remember she was friendly, easy to talk to and had a good sense of humor in a stressful job. I liked her and I miss her.

Posted by Denny Hill - Kalamazoo, MI - work colleague   March 23, 2012


Anna & Jo,

I was saddened to hear of Sara's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this time.

God Bless,

Posted by Lisa Bravender - Valrico, FL   March 23, 2012


God, I pray that her family finds strength and peace during a time when there are no words. To Anna, Josephine and their families; I send you my love and compassion. Know that I hold all three of in my heart as I consider your family apart of ours always.

Posted by Rosalie Emma-Sullivan - South Bend, IN - Family Friend   March 22, 2012


Every time I think of Sara and how she was always smiling when we came in to work. She never said anything bad about anyone, she was just a wonderful wonderful person to know. Sarah will be missed at work and I know all of her friends and family will miss her sweet spirit.

Posted by Winnie Byron - Kalamazoo, MI - co-worker from Kalamazoo p & dc   March 22, 2012

I remember Sara so well from LMCHS. I remember her so vividly, she was such a beautiful and kind person. I am saddened to learn of her passing. I wish Sara and her family every blessing. God bless you, Sara.

Posted by David Houseal - Washington, DC - friend, classmate   March 22, 2012


Sara i worked with you at the post office. But only for a short time. But every time i saw you always a smile. You are like the beautiful shadow of evening, spreading and growing till life and its light pass away. You will be missed by so many. Im so so glad to have know you.

Posted by Terri messer - kalamazoo, MI - Post office friend   March 22, 2012

Dear Ann and Jo,
So sorry to hear about Sara. I know how difficult it is to lose a sister and You both were wonderful sisters to her. She can now be pain free and at peace with your parents in heaven. We will miss her.

Dave and Maria Kelley

Posted by Maria Kelley - Riverside, MI - Friend and Neighbor   March 21, 2012


Sara will be missed, I've enjoyed working with her at the post office and will remember her fondly.

Godsped Sara, I hope there's a Great Casino and a BIG Lake for fishing up there...


Posted by Kat Vogtmann - Kalamazoo, MI - co-worker   March 21, 2012

Dear Anna and Jo-

What a beautiful picture of Sara!
She was a great friend to me growing up in middle school and early HS years at LMC. You may loose track of friends over time, but not the memories that they brought.
I know that loosing a sister is quite difficult, and I am truly sorry for your loss. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

I wish you peace, and positive energy.
Harriett (Sickels) Lloyd

Posted by Harriett Lloyd - Austin, TX - Classmate   March 21, 2012

Dear Ann and Jo,
I am very sad to learn of Sara's passing. She was always very special to me.
May she have eternal peace and may perpetual light shine upon her.

Chris Worick
LMC "81

Posted by Chris Worick - Dahlonega, HI - Classmate, friend   March 21, 2012

Dear Ann and Jo,

We were so sad to learn of Sara's passing. You and your families are in our prayers during these difficult days. Sara was our quiet and shy cousin but she always had a smile on her face. May God bless you as you lay your beautiful sister to rest.

Mike and Cindy

Posted by Mike & Cindy Conrad - St Louis, MO - Cousin   March 21, 2012

Dear Jo and Anna,
My heart goes out to you. I was so sad to hear of sweet Sara's passing. She was a ray of sunshine in every life she touched. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Love, Maria

Posted by Maria Houseal Johnston - St. Joseph, MI - friend   March 20, 2012