Obituary: Sandra Jo Maranto


February 1, 1931 – November 20, 2021

information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Sandra Jo Maranto, nee Polizzotto, age 90, late of Crete formerly of Harvey, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Loving wife of the late Russell Maranto. Devoted mother of Sandra (Richard) Jensen. Proud grandma of Steven and Bryan; great-grandma of Maddie, Lilly, Blake, and Mia. Dearest sister of Barbara (Jim) Shinovich, and the late Rose Mary (Richard) Vritkapa, Anna (Kalman) Gelete, Frances (Dale) Erickson, and Sara (Edward) Beladela. Kind aunt of several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Emanuel and Rose Polizzotto.

Visitation Monday, November 29, 2021, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. directly at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, 8303 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN, with Rev. Peter Muha officiating. Interment Calumet Park Cemetery – Merrillville, IN. Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society greatly appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to Smits Funeral Home – Dyer, IN. For further information, please contact 219-322-7300 or visit our online obituary and guestbook at


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