Mario Sapienza

Passed 05/27/2022


Obituary For Mario Sapienza

Mario Sapienza passed in peace on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the age of 63 surrounded by his family. Mario was deeply loved, is greatly missed, and will forever be cherished. Throughout his battle against cancer for the last 10 years, Mario showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain and hardship, Mario stayed strong and fought until the end.

Born in New York City, Mario lived in Brooklyn for most of his life before settling to Holmdel, New Jersey in 1999 to raise his family. He worked as an Equity Trader his entire career, nearly 30 years with Lehman Brothers. After his financial career, Mario’s love for basketball he sought to become a basketball official, for which was his new passion over the last several years. He spent his free time with his family and friends and was an avid sports fan. Mario was an animated, whole-hearted, and devoted Boston Celtics, NY Mets, NY Rangers, and Green Bay Packers fan. He was also a great horse enthusiast, attending the Kentucky Derby and traveling to Saratoga with his close friends.

Mario is now reunited with his late parents, Lucy and Salvatore Sapienza and his son Nicholas. Mario is survived by his beautiful wife Donna of 30 years and he was a proud Father to two daughters: Gabrielle and Danielle; and two sons: Christopher and Matthew; and two dogs Riley and Roma. Mario is also survived by his three siblings and many loving relatives and friends.

Memorial services for Mario Sapienza will be held at 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM Tuesday May 31, 2022 at Hanley Funeral Home on 60 New Dorp Lane Staten Island, NY 10306. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday June1st at 10:15 AM at the Church of St. Charles 644 Clawson Street, Staten Island, NY 10306 (on the corner of Hylan Blvd. and Penn Ave). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (donations can be made on the St. Jude’s website).

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  • 05/31/2022

    To the Sapienza family. I am so saddened to hear about Mario's passing. I knew Mario from basketball officiating and he was such a great person. He would always talk about his family and how much pride and love he had for them. He was a great person to work with and was not only well respected and like by all, but would also go out of his way to explain the rules to the cos h and players and why he made a certain call. He was a role model for fellow officials on how he communicated to everyone. I would also che k in with him on a periodic basis to see how he was doing and always had a positive attitude. Will miss seeing him and being g in his presence mat god bless and sending prayers to the family. Bruce Ehrich

  • 05/31/2022

    To the entire sapienza family My sincere Condolences Bill Roberti

  • 05/31/2022

    Dear Donna & Family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. May your heart find peace in the strength of your faith, in the closeness of friends and family, and the fond memory of Mario... Betty Leong

  • 05/31/2022

    Donna & family, my deepest sympathy for your heartbreaking loss. may you find peace and healing in the weeks and months ahead. Sincerely, ann sage (Mcps)

  • 05/31/2022

    To the sapienza family, my family and I sends our deepest condolences and very sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Chris de Guzman & family💐

  • 05/30/2022

    Mario brought much love and joy to all his family. As you all grieve, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Juno Rosinsky

  • 05/29/2022

    Dear Donna & family, Please accept our deepest condolences. We are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you strength and peace during this difficult time. Most sincerely, Ana, Derek & Anastasia Vander Woude

  • 05/29/2022

    Sending my condolences to the whole family. 🙏