Maria Carmina LaSala
04/03/1930 - 07/06/2024

Maria La Sala (Mary)
Do not go gentle into that good night

On July 6, 2024 Maria Carmina La Sala nee Francis, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 55 years, Anthony, and her cherished younger daughter, Rosanne La Sala Barre.

Maria is survived by: her daughter, Lyn (Carmelyn) Godziela, her son, Joseph La Sala, their respective spouses Christopher Godziela and Laura La Sala; her grandsons Alexander Godziela, Nicholas La Sala, Peter Godziela, Matthew La Sala and his wife McKayla La Sala; her brother David Francis and his wife Joanna Francis.

Maria, known to her family as Mary and to her colleagues as Marie, was born in Brooklyn, NY to Frank and Rose Francis on April 3, 1930. Her father and her mother’s parents immigrated from Italy. Her childhood during the Great Depression and World War II was a happy one and she spoke fondly of growing up as the only girl in a family with 3 boys, her brothers Mikey, Dave and Angelo.

She graduated from Hunter College’s teacher education program in 1952 with an MA and received a second MA from City College in 1965. Immediately upon her graduation from Hunter she began a long career in education for the New York City Public school system. As a young teacher she taught Social Studies in Brooklyn and the Bronx and later became an acting Assistant Principal, a Guidance Counselor and finally the Coordinator of Guidance for District 26 in Queens.

Maria loved history and travel and would tell stories of her trips in the 1950s to the Bahamas, Cuba and Europe. She loved cooking and baking, and as an Italian American she considered food an important part of family life. She and Anthony were longtime members of American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Queens, NY. Maria was an active member of American Martyrs’ Rosary Society for many years. Professionally, she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women for the promotion of education.

In 2021, several years after Anthony’s death, it was with a heavy heart that she sold the house in Queens where she and Anthony had raised their family. Despite beinga life-long and avid New Yorker she acquiesced to her children’s request to move to Bridgewater, New Jersey to be closer to them.

Maria’s role as teacher and counselor made her a natural mentor to any young person she met. She enjoyed listening to the young workers at her assisted living facility and giving them advice. Her family remembers her for playing board games with them, her stories about travel, her life and work, and her great optimism in young people.

Joe and Lyn saw their mother meet the loss of loved ones, career upsets and illness with courage and resilience. When they think about their mother, they are reminded of the poet Dylan Thomas’ words, “do not go gentle into that good night.”

A favorite charity of Maria’s was St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Funeral Home:
Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home
Visitation Hours:
Thursday, July 11, 2-4, 7-9pm Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Road, Whippany NJ 0798 as well as Saturday, July 13, 10-11am at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, 125 Hillside Avenue New Hyde Park, NY
Friday, July 12, 10:00am Corpus Christi RC Church, 234 Southern Boulevard , Chatham NJ 07928
Saturday, July 13, 2024 St. Charles/Resurrection Cemetery, Farmingdale NY at 12:00pm
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