January 23, 1930 ~ January 5, 2021
Born in: Rochester , NY
Resided in: Greece, NY
Santa Barbara (Mugavero) Milton was born on January 23, 1930, the daughter of Sicilian immigrants Antonio and Rosaria Mugavero. She shared a modest dwelling at 243 Fourth Street in Rochester, NY, with her siblings who predeceased her: Joe(Anne) Mugavero, Lou(Terry) Mugavero, Mary (Joseph) Saporito, Christopher (Josephine) Mugavero, John (Jeanette) Mugavero, and Sam (who passed away at 8 months old). All of her brothers proudly served in World War II.
A student of #27 school and graduate of East High School, “Sandy” upon graduation worked in the “Green Light” Dark Room at Kodak. Sandy met Howard John Milton (a former World War II Paratrooper and Radio Operator) in 1953 at a dance. They were married on November 6, 1954 and shared 66 wonderful and challenging years together. Their commitment to each other was and the family they dedicated themselves to was awe-inspiring. Sandy literally sacrificed everything to serve her family, especially her husband.
Sandy and Howard devotedly parented four children: Mitchell (Carol) Milton, Sharon (William) Rowe, Jim Milton, and Laurianne (Matthew) Dobbins. She worked in the Food Service Departments of both Monroe Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology to allow her children to attend those colleges tuition-free. She took many college courses and became an aspiring artist in calligraphy, watercolor, sketching, mosaics, and stained glass sharing many of her her works with family and friends as tokens of love. Sandy was so proud of the accomplishments of her grandchildren: Christopher, Daniel, Kimberly, Michelle, Jason, Nicholas, Angel, Zachary, Nina, Luke, Isaiah, Thaddeus, Jeremiah, and great grandchildren: Jett and Greyson. She loved to spend time with each of them when the opportunities arose and shared her wisdom, wit, laughter, and love. Sandy left a multitude of nieces, nephews, friends, and acquaintances forever changed by their interchanges.
Sandy and Howard traversed the United States many times both with their children and also after retirement. They spent 25 years as snowbirds at Rambler’s Rest Resort in Venice, Florida, after retiring from their work in 1987. While there, both were involved in recreation and musicals displaying their many talents. Sandy especially loved playing competitive pool and being on stage tap-dancing and performing dramas. She participated in several cruises to Europe.
God gifted Sandy with many gifts: A unique perception into human character. The ability to engage in conversation with people whom she had never met. The ability to make others feel as if their expressions and feelings mattered. The wisdom to know how to speak into situations and when to be silent. Sandy had wit. She was sunshine on some very cloudy days. She was intriguing. She held to her principles. She always wanted to do what was right irregardless of the consequences. She made you think and ponder and challenge your assumptions. She had a strong, unique faith in God . She was not easily persuaded. She was resilient and tenacious to the end. To know her was to love her. She impacted everyone whom she met. Our world has lost a most beautiful and irreplaceable soul.
The family will be celebrating Sandy’s life in a private funeral service and burial .