Santina (Sandy/Didi) Bellace (née Mami).
Everybody loved Swedesboro’s smiling lady. Didi’s family, friends and countless people always eagerly came for a visit to her home to enjoy a great cup of coffee, be comforted by her endearing life lessons and unwavering Christian faith or Sandy’s diplomatic listening ways and welcomed advice. People would leave her home with keepsake “smileys” to remind them of her prayers, hugs & smiles to carry in their hearts forever.
She and her husband, the late Charles (Charlie’s Barber Shop) moved to Swedesboro in 1946. Didi was devoted to family, Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and Grammar School. She was a past member of Altar and Rosary Society, PTA, Legion of Mary, Swedesboro Lions Women’s Auxiliary, membership chair for the founding of Swedesboro Lake Assoc., den mother for Cub Scout Pack 213 and a Swedesboro Little League team mom.
Didi worked at her father’s bakery in South Philly and caught the eye of the young Charles “Chip” Bellace. Turns out the whole neighborhood knew they were perfect for each other; the last who needed convincing was Didi. Their marriage was blessed with children, Philip (Christine), Charles, Rosemarie and grandchildren, Christa, Philip, Gabriell, Sondra Marie, and Roman. Didi was loved by all her nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. She is the loving sister and aunt of the Frank Mami, Antoinette Pinto and Arthur Mami families.
Come celebrate 100 great years Wednesday, January 31 at St. Joseph’s Church, Swedesboro where Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m, and viewing will be 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, February 1, 10-10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Swedesboro. Donations in lieu of flowers to Eternal World Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale AL, 35210 will be appreciated.