Oswego – Thomas N. DeSantis, 83, a resident of West 8th Street in Oswego, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, after a long, valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Tom was born on March 25, 1928 in Oswego, the son of Joseph and Rose (Molinari) DeSantis. He was educated in Oswego schools, after which he served his country during the Korean War as a Sergeant with the 3rd Chemical Mortar Battalion of the US Army.
After his discharge, his skills as a mechanic enabled him to gain employment at the Fitzgibbons Boiler Co., Calverase Service Station, and Oswego Electrotype. He then found his niche at Alcan Aluminum and remained there until his retirement in 1986.
He was a lifetime communicant of St. Joseph’s Church. He served on the church council, spent time as a choir member, and volunteered at the summer festival.
Tom was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Rosalie Beccheria.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Piazza); daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Dan Cotter of Oswego; granddaughter Tracy Cotter of N. Tonawanda; and grandson Jason Cotter of Oswego.
He also leaves his sisters, Marie Dixon and Dolores (Charles) Josh of Oswego, and Carol (Ronald) Holava of Syracuse.
He will be mourned by his brother-in-law Sam Piazza, and his wife Joan, of West Seneca, and his sister-in-law Cynthia Piazza, and her husband Joseph DeMark, of Syracuse, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family would like to thank St. Luke’s 5th floor personnel for the kind and gentle care hey provided for Tom, and the compassion they gave to his family, during his brief stay there.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Tuesday, in St. Joseph’s Church.
Interment will be in All Saints Mausoleum, St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held from 4:00 to 7:00pm Monday, at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 East Second Street in Oswego.
Contributions in his name can be made to St. Joseph’s Church, or to a charity of choice.