SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 11, 2014

Levio 'Leo' DeSantis, 88


Vero Beach, Fla., and formerly of Beverly — Levio "Leo" DeSantis, 88, died on February 15, 2014, at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla., after a brief illness, with his daughter by his side. He was the husband of Barbara (Dagley) DeSantis, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.

He was born in Boston on August 23, 1925, and was the son of the late Attilio and Emma (Dinardo) DeSantis. He was raised and resided in Beverly, before moving to Vero Beach in 1988.

An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country during WWII as a member of the United States Navy in the Pacific aboard the USS Satyr ARL-23.

Mr. DeSantis was employed by the City of Beverly as a signal maintainer for 20 years, at the time of his retirement. He also had worked at Varian Associates for 15 years, and for the LA Dodgers at spring training in Vero Beach for several years.

He was a charter member and past Commander of the Vittori-Rocci Post #56, member of the Italian Community Center of Beverly, and member of the Patria E. Lavoro Society.

Surviving him besides his wife is a daughter, Leann Moody and her husband, John, of Beverly; a son, Edward DeSantis and his wife, Rochelle, of Valencia, Calif.; six grandchildren, Joshua Moody, Jessica Moody, Katelyn Moody, Brian Poitras, Matthew Poitras, and Alexandra Agonias; two brothers, Fred DeSantis and his wife, Peggy, Joe DeSantis and his wife, Nancy; and a sister, Sylvia Halloran and her husband, Bud; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Doreen Desantis; and his former wife, Joanne (Hubbard) DeSantis.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at a later date. His guest book may be signed at www.coxgiffordseawinds.com.