Maria C. Sanger, 83, of Manhattan Beach, died on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She died of heart failure due to diabetic complications/kidney failure and she suffered from severe vascular dementia. The second daughter of Judge Escolastico Buenaventura and Prof. Dolores C. Velarde Buenaventura of Manila, Philippines, she was born July 19, 1929 and christened "Maria Carmen". She is the younger sister of Pat (Paz Buenaventura Naylor of Ann Arbor, MI) who survives, and predeceased by her younger brother, Ling (Jose V. Buenaventura of NYC). Maria was born in Manila, educated at the Instituto de Mujeres (Grade School to High School) and subsequently earned a law degree from the University of Philippines. Maria was married to Wayne A. Sanger of Holland, MI on Feb. 14th, 1971. Loving and devoted wife to Wayne, who survives, they were married for 40 years and lived in Manhattan Beach. Maria is also survived by her son Robert A. Sanger (wife Kristen) of Roseville, CA, her daughter Maria-Theresa R. Sanger of Redding CA, and son, Anthony W. Sanger (wife Devie) of Redondo Beach, CA. Maria was grandmother to 2 grandsons, Kai and Kobi, and 1 granddaughter, Naomi. Donations to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), in memory of Maria C. Sanger, are greatly appreciated. An "Always & Forever" Tribute page has been created in Maria's name through the ADA site. Please use the following link: Gone But Not Forgotten Don't think of her as gone away Her journey's just begun Life holds so many facets This earth is only one. Just think of her as resting From the sorrows and the tears In a place of warmth and comfort Where there are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing That we could know, today Now nothing but our sadness Can really pass away. And think of her as living In the hearts of those she touched For nothing loved is ever lost And she is loved so very much!

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  1. Dearest Maria €“ I already miss you dearly€As your daughter-in-law, I saw how important family was to you, always. Your family has always cherished you as well as you gave up everything for them. Memories of you will always make me chuckle; you had the best sense of humor. I loved how proud you were of your education and degrees and how you reminded us (endlessly, and we would all laugh) that you were at the top of your class, as you truly were. Even as your memory started slipping, you
    never forgot how to make us laugh. I will truly miss all the Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easters with you. Although you are in a better place now, it will never be the same without you here.
    Love, Kristen

  2. Maria I will miss you very much. Since our first meeting by letter and then in person before Robert & Kristen’s wedding, our friendship grew and it will truly be missed – Love, Joanne

  3. To the Sanger Family – Your mom’s smile and laugh will truly be missed. Let her sunshine brighten God’s heaven.

  4. Maria Sanger you were such a beautiful person. You treated me like family and I always appreciated it . I am do glad to have known you. You will be missed.

  5. Dearest Mama Sanger,

    We only knew each other for a few precious years, yet I felt madly in love with you the moment we met. That day when I held your hands, I knew what heaven felt like because I was transported back in time to the happiest times of my childhood… enjoying the company of my loved ones. You were a reminder of the strength, warmth, quick wit, ingenuity, and resourcefulness of my grandmamas. You had an almost impenetrable shell of biting humor, sarcasm, and razor sharp intellect that sheltered the very core of your being— your gentle, kind heart. For the lucky ones, you shared the warmth and vulnerability of your soul. Those are the moments I will never forget, because they honestly felt like warm bursts of bliss that nurtured my soul. That’s exactly how it felt like when you opened your heart and humanity to me. It was an honor to have those precious moments with you. In my mind’s eye, I can see your sweet smile, sparkling eyes, and contagious laughter; I can only see you as a young, vibrant, adventurous woman, modern beyond her time. I see in you a kindred spirit that brightened my soul and I only wanted to see you in that light. My premonition told me to bid you a proper goodbye last summer before your move up north; thereafter, I selfishly never wanted to see your pride and dignity deminished by your ailing body. I get you Maria Carmen Buenaventura Sanger. You are a pillar of strength, class, and beauty. I understand why your children have such deep and unyielding love for you. I love you and I have often stopped myself from missing you, because it wouldn’t make sense; you are already a part of me. Thank you for enhancing my journey through life.

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