Passed away on August 18, 2022, at the age of 89. Predeceased by her husband, Alfonso Mastro; parents, Corneilus and Adrianna [Roozing] Vendel; sister, Johanna Fieret; niece, Jacqueline Paz; and in-laws, Joseph and Carmella Mastrogiovanni. Survived by her children, Mona (Walt Novitski) Lang, Janet (Tony) Ruggeri and Joseph (Colleen) Mastro; grandchildren, Jennifer, Stefanie (Morgan), Nickolas (Katie), Kyle, Chelsea, Chase and Ryan; great-granddaughters, Christina, Katerina and Rylee; brother, Corneilus (Becky) Vendel; son-in-law, Kevin Lang; cat, Carmie; caregivers, Kim Hamm, Phoung and Connie; long time neighbor and friend, Diane; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Words from Stefanie Lang (Ada’s granddaughter) – To describe my Grandma, Ada, in one word, it would be unwavering. Everything about her as a woman, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, and a human being, was unwavering. To me, she was a steady rock of unwavering support, love, and a constant presence I could count on. Always, for 36 years of my life. Her and her home were always a safe place for me. Whether I lived in Rochester, California, or now North Carolina, I knew I could call her for anything; mostly someone to talk to, a familiar voice, the voice of “home” and comfort. Without Tema (and tepa), my world won’t ever be the same. I can only hope that my daughter Rylee will have someone in her life like Tema was to me.
Words from Jennifer Lang (Ada’s granddaughter) – How to sum up Tema in a few sentences is unfair because how do you describe everything? Because that’s what she is to me: everything. She meant so much to so many people. Her loss will be felt by me forever. I feel like I have a hole in my heart. She was our rock. My greatest memory with Tema is…little backstory, she used to watch me and my sister while our parents were at work, and picked us up after school….a time that was precious to me was playing records in her house while we dusted and cleaned. Singing and dancing around. Our favorite record was The Sound of Music. In fact, those moments with Tema were probably what created my love for music. There’s so many stories I can tell but I know my sister and I loved hearing about her childhood in Holland. She had a German soldier living with her. I’ll never forget when she would tell us the story of how the Germans soldiers raided her house and found the pig they were hiding and took it. Maybe if she hadn’t fled from Holland we’d all be wearing wooden shoes right now. But then she never would have met the love of her life; Tepa. The two of them make up the two halves of my heart. And now they’re back together again. Hopefully not hollering at eachother. I love you, Tema. And I await when we can be reunited. So long for now.
Ada’s Funeral Service will be held on MONDAY August 22, 2022 at 10 AM in The Interfaith Chapel of Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. (3325 Winton Road South).
A procession will follow to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PAWS (CLICK HEREto donate online), Rescued Treasures (CLICK HERE to donate on line) or Tunnel To Towers Foundation (CLICK HERE to donate online) in Ada’s memory.