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35 Duke St.
P.O. Drawer 525
Granite Falls, NC 28630
Phone: (828) 396-3385
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Maria Starnes

Maria Starnes (Sanniota)

Sunday, October 28th, 1928 - Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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Maria Sanniota Starnes, age 91, of Grace Chapel Rd., met with Jesus for her heavenly journey into her eternal life, on September 2, 2020.

Maria, the only daughter of Vincenzo and Assunta Sanniota, was born in Naples, Italy on October 28, 1928. She moved to America after meeting and marrying John Wesley Starnes while he was serving in the U.S. Army during WW II. Her coming to America was the beginning of a blessed family heritage, as her father, mother and five brothers also moved to America.
Maria was a gifted housewife, seamstress, cook and mother, with unlimited love for family and friends. Her absence will be greatly missed by all.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Starnes, and four brothers, Gaetano (infant) Roberto, Gaetano, and Guido Sanniota.

Those left to cherish her memory are two sons, Randy Starnes and Wesley Starnes and wife (Bryn), two daughters, Ana Aldridge and husband (Scott), and Melinda Della Sue Starnes, and two brothers, Vic Sanniota and Renato Sanniota. Also surviving are six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Chapel United Methodist church Cemetery with Rev. David Nolan officiating. The body will lie in state for viewing from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M at the graveside.

Memorials may be sent to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Mackie Funeral Service is serving the family.
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    Friday, September 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, September 4th, 2020 11:00am
    Grace Chapel United Methodist Church
    4336 Grace Chapel Rd.
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    Rev. David Nolan
  • Interment

    Grace Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery
    granite falls, NC 28630


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Micki karriker

Posted at 11:25am
Melinda Starnes and family:
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Micki Huffman Karriker & Warren Bumgarner

ps: I lost my mother a year ago. (Micki)

Janie Farley

Posted at 08:23am
To all of Maria’s family,
I and everyone who loved Maria at Grace Chapel United Methodist Church, will miss her dearly. I greeted her at the door, every Sunday she could come worship with us. She always had a smile and a kind word for me as we exchanged greetings. I loved her.
I pray for our Lord to give you comfort and peace.
With Sympathy and love,
Janie Farley

Mark Thompson & ACG Wealth

Posted at 11:10am
"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."
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Posted at 10:00am
In loving memory of our dear Maria, With eternal love always, Your brother Renato, Rita, Annette and Melissa.
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Ashley Starnes

Posted at 09:17am
Granny, You will forever be missed....I love you so much! You are the best Mom and Granny I could have ever ask for...our bond was so special! xoxoxox
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