WARREN - Lorena (Sansoni) Barsanti, 88, passed away after a brief illness on January 28, 2022. She was the beloved wife of the late Ilio Barsanti.
Lorena was born in Bagni di Lucca, in the Province of Lucca, Italy on November 8, 1933 to the late Adorno and Domenica (Barsanti) Sansoni. She grew up in the village of Vico Pancellorum, Lucca during the second World War, causing her to travel and lived all over Europe. She migrated to Canada in the mid-1950, to eventually move to Brooklyn, NY in the 1960’s with her late husband. She lived in Cranford, NJ before settling in Warren, NJ, 24 years ago.
Lorena worked as a seamstress when she wasn’t busy being a homemaker. Lorena spent her retirement enjoying her summer home in Italy, spending time by the ocean, and visiting her home country. She was an incredible cook and enjoyed preparing for family dinners. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, particularly her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and was known as “Nonna.” There was nothing in this world she loved more than her grandkids. She was kindhearted, loving, and placed others before herself. She will be greatly missed by all whose life she touched. A devout Catholic, she was a parishioner of St. Brigid Church in Peapack.
Lorena is predeceased by her husband Ilio Barsanti, and survived by her son Franco Barsanti and wife Patricia, and her daughter Luisa (Barsanti) Steiner. She is also survived by her 4 grandchildren; Isabel and Kristofer, Erik and wife Lauryn, Karl and wife Nikki, and two great grandchildren Cayden and Stefan.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 4, at 11:30 AM at St. Brigid Church located at 129 Main Street, Peapack, NJ. Entombment at Somerset Hills Memorial Park to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorena’s memory may be made to American Breast Cancer Foundation.