Maria Hoang Oanh Ofsanko-April 2, 1948-April 19, 2021
On Monday, April 19, 2021, Maria Hoang Oanh Ofsanko passed away peacefully at the age of 73 with her loving family by her side. Maria is survived by her husband of over 48 years, Jerry, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Stacey Ofsanko, and Scott and Mani Ofsanko, and three grandchildren who all brought her much joy, Eliza Wynne, William Paul and Lilliana Rose Ofsanko. Maria is also survived by her siblings Manh Nguyen, Bich Nguyen, Tony Nguyen, Giao Nguyen, Tommy Nguyen, Lucy Nguyen, Peter Nguyen and Juline Nguyen. She was preceded in death by her parents, Co and Ut Thi Do, and two siblings, Hiep Nguyen, Hoang Yen Nguyen.
Maria was born in Hue, Vietnam on April 2, 1948. She was the second of 11 children. Maria met Jerry in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1973. After the end of the Vietnam War, Maria immigrated to the United States and married Jerry in Baltimore, Maryland in 1973.
Shortly after Maria arrived in the United States, she received her cosmetology license while in Tampa FL, and immediately began working. Jerry and Maria moved to Fort Meade, Maryland where she gave birth to their first son, Jason, and became a US citizen in 1976. Soon after, Jerry and Maria received military orders for an overseas deployment to Germany. While in Germany, Maria gave birth to their second son, Scott. Jerry and Maria returned to the United States and spent over 7 years in Hinesville, GA until Jerry’s retirement from the US Army in 1985. Jerry and Maria relocated the family to Salisbury, North Carolina during which time Maria owned and operated Maria’s Hair Design successfully for over 16 years. In 1986, Maria sponsored five of her family members’ immigration to the United States. Maria’s mother, her sisters Lucy and Juline, and brother Peter have all earned U.S. citizenship, and have gone on to own and operate successful businesses in California and North Carolina. Maria eventually retired in 2009 and moved to North Port, FL in 2014.
Maria enjoyed traveling both in the United States and internationally. She made several trips back to Vietnam to visit family and friends. Maria and Jerry always enjoyed an annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas to take in the shows and visit family. When Maria wasn’t enjoying her grandchildren or traveling, she was most happy in her home’s garden and landscape. She loved planting, pruning and tending to her fruit trees, flowers, and fresh herbs. Maria was never one to sit still during her retirement years. She was always active cleaning, cooking and organizing her home in her own unique way. Ultimately she took great pride in the home she created wherever she lived.
Maria was a fierce, loving, strong woman, mother, wife, sister, daughter, “Noi” (paternal Vietnamese grandmother), aunt and friend. She was a savvy and accomplished entrepreneur, but most importantly, she loved her family and friends. Maria was not a woman of many words, but rather a quiet, compassionate soul who would take action to help anyone in need. She is loved and will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Maria to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital https://www.stjude.org/ or Shriners Hospital for Children https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/ .
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 at San Pedro Catholic Church, 14380 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287.
Funeral Arrangements by Farley Funeral Home, North Port, Florida.
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
San Pedro Catholic Church
Address:14380 Tamiami Trail, , North Port, FL, 34287