|Evelyn Pacini Comella Sardo
Published in The Washington Post on September 26, 2010
EVELYN COMELLA SARDO On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 passed away
peacefully at her home at Brighton Gardens in Chevy Chase, MD.
She was born in Vineland, NJ on October 8, 1915 to Agide and Emma Pacini. Her only
sibling, Henry Pacini, died in March of 2007. When the children were young, the family
moved back to Italy where she spent many wonderful and memorable years living with her
parents and brother in Lucca, Italy. She loved this ancient city, and in later years returned
every fall to visit.
When the family returned to the United States, they settled in Washington, DC where she
finished high school at Western High School (1933), and then graduated from
Immaculata Junior College in Washington, DC.
She worked at the Italian Embassy, and later met her first husband, Lawrence J. Comella
who was finishing at Georgetown School of Foreign Service. While her husband was with
the State Department, they lived for several years in Santiago, Chile with their two oldest
children. After returning to Washington, they had two additional children and made this
area their permanent home.
Evelyn spent twenty-five years working in real estate for two prominent area firms, Burr N.
Johnson and W.C. & A.N. Miller. Her love of people and her fluency in both Italian and
Spanish enhanced her success in this business.
She continued working after the death of her husband in 1970. In 1981 she married
William H. Sardo, Jr. She and Bill were married for twenty-six years, were completely
devoted to one another, and enjoyed world travel and spending the winters at their home
in Delray Beach, Florida. Bill passed away in 2007.
True to her Italian heritage, the most important thing in her life was her family. She was an
amazing cook and loved having everyone gathered around the table. She had friends
both here and around the world. She enjoyed entertaining and conversation. She excelled
Evelyn was a parishioner of The Church of the Little Flower, Bethesda, MD for over 40
years, where she had been a member of the Sodality. She was also a longtime member
of Kenwood Golf and Country Club. She was a true lady, from a different era, whose
graciousness, elegance, and positive outlook, will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
She is survived by her devoted children, Lawrence Comella, Stephanie Comella, and
Rita Reaves (Robert). She is predeceased by her beloved daughter, Marie Comella Fox.
She leaves seven grandchildren, Michael Fox (Robyn), Thomas Fox, Robert Fox,
Stephen Fox, Stephanie Fox Heffernan (Ian), Nicholas Reaves, and Emma Reaves. She
is also survived by five great grandchildren, and five step-grandchildren. She leaves a
multitude of other relatives and friends including her family and caregivers at Brighton
Gardens in Chevy Chase.
Relatives and friends are invited to the visitation to be held at Joseph Gawler''s Sons,
Inc., 5130 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 29,
2010 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September
20, 2010 at 12 Noon at the Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue,
Bethesda, MD 20816.
Interment will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be sent to S.O.M.E., 71 O Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20001.