Obituary of Anita DeSantis
Anita (Jafolla) DeSantis, 83, passed away Wednesday morning, July 13, 2022, at Meadowood Senior Living in Worcester, PA. Formerly of Media, PA and Ocean City, NJ, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony P. DeSantis, who passed away June 25, 2016.
Born January 23, 1939, in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Orlando and Ella (Bottari) Jafolla. She was a graduate of Merion Mercy Academy and earned her bachelor’s degree and teacher’s certificate from Immaculata University. She had been a teacher for many years at Stetser Elementary School in Chester PA.
Mrs. DeSantis was a member of the Ocean City Historical Society and the Ocean City Free Public Library. She also volunteered at the local food pantry. She was an avid reader and enjoyed needle point, knitting and gardening.
Surviving are four daughters, Andrea Barkley and her husband, John, of Charlotte, NC, Barbara Taragna and her husband, Corey, of Collegeville, PA, Carolyn Flaherty of Taos, NM, and Noelle DeSantis of Chestnut Hill, PA; and five grandchildren, James and Amanda Barkley, and Mark, Kristin and Eric Taragna. She is also survived by her brother, Richard Jafolla (husband of the late Mary Alice Jafolla) of Lansdale, PA; and a very close cousin, John Corte, of San Rafael, CA.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral mass at 11am on Monday, July 18, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 900 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA, where family will receive friends from 10-10:45am. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the church’s website at www.corpuschristilansdale.org. Burial will be private at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Springfield, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to USA Reads at www.usareads.org. Please use Noelle’s email address when filling out the donation application to inform the family of the gift: email@example.com. Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.