June 23, 1964 - Nov. 12, 2012
With her loving family at her side, Faith DeStefano, 48, went to be with her Lord on Monday Nov.12, 2012 at Hospice of Sarasota. Loving wife of Mark, devoted mother of Joey, Nicole and David, daughter of Nell Leffel and Fred Johnson, and sister of Kurt and Jack. Faith's courage, determination and dedication to her family were an inspiration to all who knew her. A lover of life, Faith loved to celebrate with family and friends she will be remembered as the one who made you laugh and loved to be surrounded by friends. She had a unique way of making you feel like the only person in the room and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of being a part of her life.
Born on June 23, 1964 in Chattanooga, TN. and raised in Vineland, New Jersey, she moved to Sarasota in 1973 and graduated from Sarasota High School and graduated with honors from State College of Florida with a degree in nursing. Faith loved her career as a Registered Nurse on the open heart team at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where she warmly cared for her patients for more than 16 years. Here she formed life-long relationships with dear friends who supported Faith through her long valiant battle with cancer.
Visitation takes place at Palm Robarts Funeral Chapel at Honore and Fruitville Rd. At 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday Nov. 16th. A church service follows at 12 noon on Sat. Nov. 17th at First Baptist Church, 1661 Main St. Interment to follow. A memorial fund honoring Faith's life has been established at Fifth Third Bank. Donations may be made at any Fifth Third Branch to the Faith de Stefano Children's Educational Fund.
The family would like to thank everyone for kindness and prayers as Faith fought a long and valiant fight against advance stage breast cancer