Debra Natale was born to Theresa and Roger Sandle on November 10, 1951. Known as Debbie to those close to her, she attended elementary school at Sacred Heart, where she first met Al. Later, Debbie attended Spencerport High School. After graduation, Debbie soon began the first chapter of her career. Debbie started out and soon became an accomplished hairdresser. She worked with her future sister-in-law, Patty, at Marion’s Beauty Bazar and other salons. Debbie and Al got married May 14, 1971. Shortly after, Debbie gave birth to her two children, Steven and Kristine, her proudest accomplishments. Family was everything to her, and she was inseparable from her husband. Her husband, Al, even made a salon in their basement so she could be home with her two kids when they were young. As her kids became teenagers, she moved on to the next chapter of her career by working for the Rochester City School District. Debbie worked for 25 years as a secretary, where she made many lifetime friends.
The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Debbie. She loved a quiet evening with her husband and made sure no one called past 8 pm. Debbie often explored the local farm markets and found beauty in all flowers. She had an uncanny ability to find happiness in daily activities, such as a long walk or bike ride with her husband, Al. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met. Her family was her world, and she could never spoil her grandchildren enough. Debbie was their biggest fan. She attended every activity she could- school events, soccer games, church events, and traveled to North Carolina to visit her son and granddaughter for softball games. Debbie put everyone else first; she was the energizer bunny who never stopped moving. Her house was always in perfect condition; sometimes she could even be seen vacuuming more than once a day. Debbie also loved spending time in the kitchen. She will be remembered as bringing joy to others by having something to eat on the table any time of the day. One of her favorite things was cooking for others, such as Easter Bread and Sunday Sauce. Each year, Debbie would pack up many jars of sauce, then her and Al would make the ten-hour trip to North Carolina to their son and his friends. Debbie enjoyed sharing her passion for cooking with her kids and grandkids.
Debbie will be remembered for her kind heart, compassion for others, and selflessness. Debbie passed away surrounded by her loved ones, who will continue to honor her legacy by living their best lives to the fullest.
To her son Steve, daughter Kristine, and son in law Sean she leaves her faith, kindness, and love for her family. To her husband, Al, she leaves her undying love and immeasurable gratitude for their years together. To her grandkids Isabella, Dominic and Ashlyn, she leaves her faithfulness and belief in God. She will be missed by her sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends who love her.
Debbie’s mass will be held on Tuesday, March 14, at St. Lawrence Church at 9:30. Friends are invited to meet the family on Tuesday, March 14, following the mass at the Brook House, 920 Elmridge Center Dr. Rochester, NY, 14626. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Breast Cancer Foundation or The National MS Society. The family would like you to please share a memory of Debbie by adding a picture to a slideshow in her honor by visiting DiPonzio Funeral Home www.diponziofh.com.