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Doris Anne Anderson Sponza, Beloved Mother and Grandmother, Passes

Sponza, 1937-2011, is survived by many children and grandchildren.


On January 22, surrounded by family, Doris passed on very peacefully at the Volusia-Flagler Hospice Care Center in Port Orange, Florida. She fought a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer this last year.

Doris lived in Wilton, Connecticut (since 1978) and Port Orange, Florida. She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years John V. Sponza. She is daughter of the late Captain William Graham Anderson, and late Josephine Gapp Anderson of Alden, Pennslyvania. She is also survived by a first husband Aristides Makris of Danville, California, their two daughters, Melissa Makris, (and her husband Gary Di Luca), of Westport, Connecticut, Ariadne Clinton, (and her husband Tom Clinton, of Danville, California), and 6 grandchildren: Alexa Makris Di Luca of Westport, Connecticut, Gabriella Clinton, Tristan Clinton, Dominique Clinton, Joelle Clinton and Juliana Clinton of Danville, California. 3 stepchildren: Sharon Sponza Figi, (and her husband Hans Figi), of Guilford, England, and John F. Sponza, Wilton, Connecticut, Kimberly Sponza, of Norwalk, Connecticut. 2 stepgrandchildren: Jake Figi and Lucas Figi, Guilford, England. She has a brother and 2 sisters: Bill Anderson, Lady Lakes, Florida, Joan LaMarr of Essington, PA, and the late Carol Pezick of Lady Lakes, Florida.

Doris was born and raised in Alden, Pennslyvania, lived on the Upper East Side, New York, NY, New Canaan, CT, Wilton, CT, and Spruce Creek Fly-In Community in Port Orange, FL. Doris is a graduate of Upper Darby High School, Upper Darby PA , Class of 1955 was Captain of Varsity field hockey team, and crowned May Queen in 1951, graduated Philadelphia College of Art , class of 1959. She was active in AAUW (American Association of University Women), NOW Organization, and a longtime member of St. Matthew’s Church, Wilton CT.

Effervescent in every way, Doris is best known for her zest for life, and boundless energy. A very spirited soul known for “seizing this day.” She effortlessly lit up the hearts of all she crossed paths with.

Memorial Services: will be held this summer in Wilton, Connecticut, Port Orange, Florida and Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. Donations may be may be made in her memory to Halifax Health - Volusia-Flagler Hospice, in Port Orange Florida

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