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DeSANTIS, Ellen

April 21, 1930 – Ceylon, Saskatchewan
February 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ellen DeSantis, a loving grandmother, sister, aunt, friend – and above all, a devoted mother. Ellen passed away on February 8, 2019 at the age of 88 years.

Ellen was born on her family’s farm in Ceylon, Sask., the eldest of eight children to Emmet and Catherine Reidy. From an early age, Ellen proved a quick study. She graduated Grade 12 in 1947 from the small country schoolhouse in Ceylon, and began teaching just a few months later in Radville, Sask. Her teaching career spanned almost 40 years. It included time at the Royal Canadian Air Force Bases in Moose Jaw and St. Avold, France. Eventually she ended up in Calgary where she taught for more than two decades at several schools in the Calgary Catholic School District. In Calgary, she was swept off her feet by Tony DeSantis at a local curling rink. They married in 1962, and together raised four children from their busy home on Renfrew Drive. This long-time teacher touched the lives of hundreds of kids over the years, but her best lessons were the ones she passed on as a mother: Be kind, dream big, enjoy life, do the right thing and cherish your family. That’s how Ellen lived every day. Ellen had a strong Catholic faith, forging many friendships with members of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Ascension of Our Lord parishes. In retirement, Ellen enjoyed travelling, scrapbooking, and doting over her 10 grandchildren. She was blessed to spend her final years at the Newport Harbour Care Centre together with Tony, the love of her life, until his passing on November 28, 2018.

Ellen is survived by her children, Dan (Colleen), Deneen Nolan, Shawn (Corinne), Guy (Shannon); grandchildren, Brady, Taylor, Amy, Ashley, Camryn, Carson, Connor, Nicholas, Chase and Ryan; sisters, Pat (George) Rissling, and Bernadette (Gerard) Heaney; brother, Vince (Wynn) Reidy; and numerous extended family and friends. Ellen was predeceased by her husband, Tony; brothers, Tom, Frank and Emmet Reidy; and sister, Maureen Violini.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.  Reception to follow at the Church Hall. Graveside Service on a later date.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude for the Staff at Newport Harbour Care Centre for their care and support of Ellen for the last several years.

In living memory of Ellen DeSantis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. An amazing Auntie to many, many nieces and nephews…R.I.P. Aunt Ellen.

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  2. My sincerest condolences and prayers.

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  3. Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Thinking of you!

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  4. I was saddened to hear of Mrs. DeSantis’s passing. She was a lovely lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Condolences to your family.
    – Patsy O’Riordan Cassady (Shannon DeSantis’s cousin)

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  5. . Please find comfort in all the lives that were touched by your mom.

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  6. To Deneen andFamily!
    It is with great sorrow that I hear of the passing of your Mother! She definitely had an impact on the lives of many! My prayers and thoughts are with you all!
    May God Bless!

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  7. My deepest sympathy over the loss of your mother and father. (I just learned about your father).
    I have many fond memories of growing up in Renfrew and playing at the park and at your house.
    Thinking of all of you – Deneen, Danny, Shawn and Guy
    Rosanna Tiberio

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  8. Susan and Rick Billington

    Dan and family, Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. Susan and Rick Billington

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  9. DeSantis Family
    We were so sorry to hear the loss of your mother, she was such nice person.
    Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences.
    May God bless your families in this time of sorrow.
    May your memories bring you comfort.
    Anna Coronetta and John Coronetta

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  10. Our sincere condolences to the DeSantis Family. I have very fond memories of our younger days. Your parents were always warm and welcoming, and willing to give us kids a ride to whichever activity we were engaged in. May their memory always give you comfort and peace.

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  11. To the DeSantis Family
    We are all so sad to hear of the passing of Ellen.
    Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers.

    The Mariani & Weltzin Families

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  12. Sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Ellen’s smile.

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  13. Sorry to hear of your loss. I remember Ellen’s smile and kindness.

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