Maria Lancia - Maria Biundo Davenport
 Maria Lancia passed away Thursday, July 4th, 2013, from a two-year battle of Ovarian Cancer.
As she battled on with her disease and was hopeful that a final Chemo Regimen would work, none did. Her full life here on earth was never fully fulfilled as she dreamed and planned of a better flower garden, more time with her large Italian Family, and further travel and exploration of her homeland on the Island of Sicily. She did though have two beautiful children: Gabriella and Francesco, and finally was able to be called "Nonna" (grandmother) with the birth of her first grandson, "Elijah", this past February from her daughter, Gabriella. This was an ultimate fulfillment for her and was able to be at peace knowing her grandson and spending time with him before passing. Her Italian birthplace was Palermo, Sicily, growing up in the town of Cinisi along the north coast of the island. At the age of 8, she and her family immigrated to Chicago, in the early 70's, establishing residency in Peshtigo, Wis. later in the decade. Luigi and Nunzia Biundo, Maria's father and mother, created the Luigi's Pizza Palace which was one of the first "truly authentic" Sicilian cuisines in northern Wisconsin. Maria enjoyed the art of organic Italian cooking learned from her parents, passing the talent down to her daughter, who continues on with the traditional recipes along with her son, Francesco, who is training to become a master chef.  Maria loved planting and planning plant and floral gardens surrounding her home overlooking the Menominee River in Marinette. She loved her older home and enjoyed the continuing restoration that she and her husband, Mark Davenport, periodically undertook. Her dream was to always have a family home base for the security of her children and grandchildren to come back to. In addition to her home in Marinette, she enjoyed spending the summer months at her family home in Cinisi, Sicily. She loved the archipelago sea that surrounded her town and the diverse mountain interior of the island. Her dream to explore every nook and cranny of the Sicily was never fully fulfilled but will be continued by her children and husband in her memory.
 A memorial service will be held this Friday, July 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Maria's honor at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home with a reception to follow at the Lauerman House located in Marinette, Wis. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
No memorial contribution endowment will be established. Thoughts and prayers of her from those who knew her, with past direct or indirect connection is most valued and treasured.