VIRGINIA MARY DeSANTOVirginia Mary DeSanto of West Duluth passed away at 4 a.m. Aug. 26, 2013, at St. Eligius
Virginia Mary DeSanto of West Duluth passed away at 4 a.m., Aug. 26, 2013, at St. Eligius in West Duluth where she had lived for the past 12 years.
Virginia was born in West Duluth on Raleigh Street on Aug. 1, 1924, to Anthony and Theresa DeSanto.
She was one of the first handicapped students to graduate from Denfeld High School in 1947 and established and managed her successful neighborhood stationery and greeting card business for more than 40 years. In the late 1960s, she moved to north Minneapolis to live with her sister Helen until Helen's death in 1999, when she returned to Duluth. Virginia loved to read, watch movies, tell family stories, shop, and help others.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Theresa DeSanto; three sisters, Helen Swanson, Dorothy Tomar, and Alvina DeSanto; and a brother Russell DeSanto.
She is survived by her sister Marlene Foster, Vista, Calif.; and brother, Dr. R. John DeSanto, Manhattan, Kan.; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in St. Eligius. Virginia will be interned at Sunrise Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials in memory of Virginia can be sent to St. Eligius for celebrations for the residents. Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence see www.sunrisefuneralhomeandcemetery.com.