Antonia (Ann) DeSantis, a proud native Staten Islander, peacefully passed away surrounded by her three devoted sons on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Ann was born on June 28,1930 in West Brighton to Maria and Giovanni Panebianco. She married Vincent (Jim) DeSantis on August 10, 1952 in Mount Carmel R.C. Church. The couple honeymooned in Williamsburg, Virginia and settled in Grasmere and where Ann remained for the past 70 years.
Ann gave birth to the couple’s first son, James in December 1953, they welcomed their second son, Roy in February 1956, and their youngest son, Vincent was born in November 1962.
Ann was a woman of strong, undeniable faith. She attended mass at St. Sylvester’s R.C. Church. She took pride in her home, her baking skills, avid gardener, being the daughter of immigrants, but most of all her four grandchildren and two great grandsons. Michael (2016), Stephanie-Anne, Christina, and Vincent. She shared many cherished moments with them including baking, playing board games, watching movies, Home Alone, a favorite. Ann was so proud when she was able to attend her grandson’s, Vincent’s wedding and welcome his wife Edith as a granddaughter. Ann’s great grandsons brought her great joy. She was delighted to spend time with Michael Jr. and got a “kick out” of Chase.
Ann’s legacy lives on in those she leaves behind. Her son in law, Patrick, husband to James, Roy’s wife Nancy, and Donna, Vinnie’s wife. Her brother, Sebastian, many nieces and nephews, and group of lifelong friends. Her family takes relief in knowing that Ann has been reunited with the love of her life, Jim, her mother and best friend, Maria, and her firstborn grandson, Michael.
Native Staten Islander, avid Staten Island Advance reader, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend will be interred at St. Peter’s Cemetery on Thursday, July 15, preceding a funeral mass at St. Sylvester’s R.C. Church at 10 am. Family and friends may gather at the Martin Hughes Funeral Home; 530 Narrow Road on Wednesday, July 14 from 4 to 8pm.
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