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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ralph J. DeSantis, 93, of 19 Valleybrook Dr., formerly of 291 Congress Street, Bradford, PA

Ralph J. DeSantis, 93, of 19 Valleybrook Dr., formerly of 291 Congress Street, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at UPMC-Cranberry in Cranberry Twp., after a long and fulfilling life.

Born March 25, 1918, in Bradford, he was a son of the late John and Carmel (Pepe) DeSantis.

On September 22, 1951 in St. Bernard Church, he married Theresa Magnella, who passed away December 4, 1993.

Mr. DeSantis was a 1936 graduate of St. Bernard High School.

On April 23, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 86th Mountain Infantry, 10th Division during WW II. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his valiant service during engagement with the enemy in Italy. He was honorably discharged a SGT on January 16, 1956.

He was a member of St. Bernard Church.

He was a postal worker for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1976 after 33 years of service.

He is survived by four daughters, Mary Jo (Robert) Bernini of Cranberry Township, Anne (Doug) Holmes of St. College, PA, Lisa Minich and Dina DeSantis, both of Bradford; four sons Nick (Linda) DeSantis of Indiana; John (Judy) DeSantis of Pittsburgh, Thomas DeSantis and Dan DeSantis, both of Bradford; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister Geraldine Grego of Bradford and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Louis DeSantis and a sister Angeline Lane.

Friends are invited to call from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Saturday, February 11, 2012 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. South Ave., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM in St. Bernard Church, with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Committal services, military honors and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 1189 Buffalo NY, 14240, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

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