Maria Elaina DeVasto of Chincoteague Island, Va., formerly of Hastings, passed away on Friday, Feb. 12, at age 62.

Maria was born in Hastings on Oct. 12, 1958, to the late Gaetano and Helen (Calbo) Rufo.

Maria will be remembered for her big heart, service to others, and being a devoted social worker. She was a kind, gentle, nurturing soul to all she encountered, from the very young to the very old.

Maria is survived by her loving spouse of 38 years, Peter DeVasto of Chincoteague Island; sons Joseph DeVasto of Kamuela, Hawaii, and Michael DeVasto and his wife Danielle of Grand Rapids, Mich.; grandchildren, Lucy, Noelle, and Thomas DeVasto; sister Gerri Holterman of Middletown, N.Y.; sister-in-law Christine Gallagher and her husband Thomas of Yonkers; nieces and nephews Ann, Artie, Madeline, Kevin, Denise, Kurt, Robert, Sarah H., Eric, Matthew, Sarah R., Beth, Cassandra, Elizabeth, Anna, Joseph, Rebecca, Owen, Helen, Jane, Willow, Damian, Kathryn, Andrew, and Claire.

Maria was preceded by her parents, brother Peter Rufo, brother-in-law John Holterman, brother-in-law John DeVasto Jr., father-in-law John DeVasto Sr., and mother-in-law Joan DeVasto.

Memorial service was held Feb. 20 at the Salyer Funeral Home in Chincoteague Island. In lieu of flowers, send donations to SPCA, P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418. 

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