GIRARD - Donald J. Santisi, 79, passed away peacefully Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley with his family by his side.
Don was born June 17, 1934, the son of John and Antoinette Messuri Santisi.
Don graduated from Girard High School in 1952 and proudly served in both the United States Army and the Sea Bee's Reserves.
He spent the majority of his life working in the produce, trucking and grocery industries, all of which were his passion.
Don was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th degree, and the Girard-Liberty Rotary Club, where he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, the Rotary's highest honor.
He was a faithful member of St. Rose Church and loved spending his winters in Naples, Fla., with his wife, family and friends.
Don was a gentle and loving husband, father and "Papa." He will be deeply missed by his wife, Angie Conti Santisi, whom he married June 5, 1957; four children, Donald Jr. (Debbie), Lisa (Marty) Chance, Lori (Jeff) Hinebaugh of Girard and David (Karen) of Dublin, Ohio; his 10 grandchildren, Donald III, Nicolas and Dominic Santisi, Marty Jr., Lauren and Mario Chance, Dana and Rena Hinebaugh, and Sara and David Jr. Santisi; a brother, Anthony (Carmella) Santisi; and sister, Josephine DeFrank.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Frank (Sal) Santisi; and sisters, Petrina Vasko and Phyllis Gelsomino.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.
Family and friends will gather Wednesday at St. Rose Church for an 11 a.m. Mass.
Don's family would like to thank Drs. Santucci Ricciardi, Gary Young and Lee Gemma as well as Humility of Mary Hospice House for both their devotion and special care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don's memory to Humility of Mary Hospice House, 9803 Sharrot Road, Poland, OH 44514, or St. Rose Church, 61 N. Main St., Girard, OH 44420.