Rose G. DeSantis, 104, of Cape Coral passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at her home. She was born in Manhattan, N.Y., July 3, 1909, to parents Vincent and Emilia Giordanelli. She had been a resident of Cape Coral since 1977, having come from her previous home in Yonkers, N.Y. She was a graduate of Hunter College in Bronx, N.Y., where she received a bachelor's degree in education. She was a gifted teacher, and also worked for the Book of the Month Club, where she met her husband, Ralph. She spent much of her life as a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph G. DeSantis; as well as brothers, Michael Giordanelli, Guy Giordanelli, Louis Giordanelli and sister Natalie Lapatino.
She will be dearly missed by her children and their spouses, Gregory (Jean) DeSantis of Suffield, Conn.; Janet B. (Roger) Wolff of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Nancy (Tom) O'Brien of Bloomingburg, N.Y.; Paul DeSantis of Cape Coral; and Charles (Jane) DeSantis of Somers, Conn.; as well as nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held Monday, Jan. 13, at the Fuller Metz Funeral Chapel on Del Prado Boukevard in Cape Coral, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. in the chapel.
Entombment followed at Coral Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in memory of Rose to the American Heart Association, 28441 Bonita Crossings Blvd. Bonita Springs, FL 34135, or to the charity of your choice.
Please visit www.fullermetz.com for online condolences and details.