Sarah Brashi Jones
Madison–Sarah B. (Brashi) Jones, age 95, passed away on Friday, October 20, 2012 in Madison, surrounded by her loving daughters.
Sarah was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a very special “Old Greenbush” neighborhood friend to everyone. Sarah was born in 1917 to George and Josephine (Cassara) Brashi. She was married to Roy C. Jones, and they were blessed with two daughters, Pat (Jones) Angell of Dillon, Colorado and Sandy (Jones) Morton of Lake Wales, FL.
Sarah was a loving and kind person whose Sicilian-Albanian culture found her intertwined in her mother’s Grapevine Arbor. The Grapevine Arbor continued growing through the years from the front sidewalk of their home at 611 Regent Street to the backyard. The massive Grapevine Arbor provided fruit as well as welcomed shade when family gatherings celebrated their heritage. During the 1960’s, when the “Greenbush Neighborhood” was dismantled due to an urban renewal project, roots of the grapevine were rescued and transplanted at Olbrich Gardens. Its legacy will forever shed light on a proud family and the neighborhood they loved.
Sarah will live on in the memories of all who knew her from her smile and kindness to all the people she taught how to make her Italian bread, rice balls, Italian cookies and other Italian foods. Sarah baked countless loaves of Italian bread for the Festa Italia that was sold in the Italian American Women’s Tent, a club she had been a member of since 1936. Sarah also was a Charter Member of CIAO!, founded in 2001. She worked at Jimmie’s Spaghetti House on Regent Street in the 1950’s and went on to work at the University of Wisconsin as a cook in a dorm on campus for 20 years.
Sarah cherished her friends and loved cooking for them. Sarah’s home was open to all of her friends for lunch, dinner and cards. Her friends loved when she made homemade pasta and served it on a traditional board known as “Spaghetti on the Board”. Sarah never went to anyone’s home without bringing homemade bread, pasta or Italian cookies. Sarah was awarded the 2001 Woman of the Year by the Italian American Women’s Club.
Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy, in 1980, and her sister, Victoria Hopper. She is survived by her two daughters, Pat (Don) Angell, Sandy (Mike) Morton; five grandchildren, Jeff, Kurt and Lisa Angell, Tim and Michael Morton; and five great-grandchildren, Tucker and Riley Stone, Dakota Angell, and Emily and Abby Morton.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, with Pastor Steve Zwettler officiating.
Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Her final resting place will be at Roselawn Cemetery.
The family extends sincere gratitude for the wonderful care that was given to Sarah while she lived at Clare Bridge. In liwu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sarah’s name to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711 or Clare Bridge, 6701 Stonefield Road, Middleton 53562
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