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Maria P. (Santiago Dey) DeJesus

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Maria P. (Santiago Dey) DeJesus Obituary
DeJesus, Maria P.

(Santiago, Dey)

Rochester: Loving, beautiful and stubborn to the end, Maria passed away on August 19, 2014 after a long illness. She lived to take care of her family and her community. Our hearts are broken and we will miss her always.

Maria was predeceased by her parents, Erasmo and Hipolita DeJesus, both of whom she thought of every day of her life. She is survived by daughter, Denise-Marie Santiago (Chris Dorsey); two sons, Lucas Santiago (Harry Bruno) and Albert Santiago (Jennie French); three grandchildren, Sheldon Santiago, Lucas and Alexandra Dorsey; and four brothers, Angelo; Erasmo (Dinah) of Florida; Daniel (Carolyn) of North Carolina; and Pablo (Marilyn Grimm). She is also survived by her devoted sister and caretaker, Leonore Dey, and several nieces and nephews. Many loyal friends stood by her as well, including Barbara Zinker, Carmen Teremy, Marcos Santiago, and Marilyn Dey.

Maria worked as a civil servant and retired from The City of Rochester after more than 30 years. She volunteered for many community causes, including Alternatives for Battered Women, Ibero American Action League, and United Way. She loved gardening, entertaining and playing Scrabble.

The family would like to thank Dr. Edith Dale for her compassion and care, and her personal aides at The Gables of Brighton, for their tenderness and concern.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 23, 9:30 AM at St. Mary's Church, 15 St. Mary's Place, Rochester, NY 14607. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Maria P. DeJesus Memorial Fund (www.RACF.org/donate) to support her work with the disadvantaged. To share a memory of Maria or send a condolence to the family, visit www.anthonychapels.com.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2014
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