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LORAIN - Peter P. De Santis, 89, of Lorain, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, after a long illness. Pete was the former owner of De Santis Frito Lay Distributing Company and well known in Lorain County for his spirit of friendship and generosity. People lovingly referred to him as "Mr. Chips" since he cheerfully gave a hand shake, a smile and free bags of snacks wherever he went. He was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania to Fillipo and Laura De Santis who moved to Lorain in 1922. He loved playing sports and played on the undefeated Lorain High Football team of 1939 who beat the "Woody Hayes" New Philadelphia team. This football team was inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame. He also played softball as a catcher for City League and the Open Hearth from 1936 to 1944. Drafted into the Army during WWII, Pete played on the All Star Baseball Team and All Star Basketball teams which toured different U.S. bases. Pete was then assigned to the U.S. Coast Artillery as a Special Duty Officer with the Special Services Division at the U.S. Naval Base in Kodiak, Alaska. Pete personally trained over 500 Army/Navy men in various sports. During his army boxing career, he went on to win the title for the Heavy Weight Champion of Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and N.W. Pacific Army and Navy sector. After the war, Pete returned to Lorain and married his beloved Jean L. DeMaria, Elyria, Ohio. They spent 58 years together and raised one daughter, Jean Marie Morgan, of Amherst. And their loving household eventually grew to include their granddaughter, Christy Morgan Whiteside, and three nieces and nephews; Brad Mullins, Dr. John C. Mullins, and Laura Mullins Tate. Pete loved a game of golf on Sunday morning, followed by a traditional spaghetti dinner with everyone gathered at the dinner table, and then crowding around the television and cheering for Ohio State. He also loved family get-togethers, at his pool, where he liked to teach all the kids how to swim. As a Dad or Uncle, or Grandfather, or brother, his love and generosity could always be felt and cherished. They felt blessed to have experienced his indomitable spirit and enthusiasm for life and the love and generosity of his big heart. As a young, ambitious, and friendly young man, he started in his mother's garage and developed his small snack food company into the De Santis Frito Lay Distributing Company. His company was the only independently owned Frito Lay Distributing Center in the country. Pete retired in 2002, at 81 years old, after 56 years in business. He was honored by employees, family, and friends at his retirement party and given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Frito Lay Corporation. During his life, he gave generously to his community by sponsoring countless numbers of Little League teams, baseball and softball teams, bowling and basketball teams, golf teams, boxing gyms, and even Soap Box Derbies. He founded the De Santis Boxing Club and trained young men for the Golden Gloves for over 45 years. He is recognized as reviving the Golden Gloves in the city of Lorain. He was inducted to the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted The Man of the Year by the Lorain Jaycees in 1967. He was an Honorary Member of the I. A.V., Knights of Columbus, AMVETS, VFW, American Legion, Lorain Chamber of Commerce, St. Vincent De Paul Society, National AAU and Cleveland Amateur Boxing Association. He has been a life long member of St. Peter's Church. Pete enjoyed golfing with his buddies at different courses and bowling with his team at Rebman's. He loved traveling to see Ohio State play football and to Wittenberg to see his nephews play football. He enjoyed traveling to Ft. Myers Beach in the winter. Peter is survived by his daughter, Jean Marie Morgan of Amherst; his granddaughter, Christy M. Whiteside of Westlake; his nephew, Bradly Mullins of Lorain; his nephew, Dr. John C. Mullins of Avon Lake; his niece, Laura Tate (nee: Mullins) of St. Charles, Illinois; his sister, Eleanor Shulsky-DiLuciano of Lorain; and his sister-in-law, Janice De Santis. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean De Santis; his parents: Laura and Fillipo De Santis; his brothers, Mario De Santis and Joseph DeSantis; and his sister, Mary Jo Mullins (nee:De Santis). The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440)244-1961 on Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 1:00 - 7:00 PM. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home Monday morning at 10:15 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, October 4, 2010 at St. Peter Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH 44053, Rev. Craig Hovanec, Pastor, officiating. Christian entombment services will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, where military honors will be conducted by the Italian American Veterans Post #1. Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter Church, 3501 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH 44053. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.


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Published in The Morning Journal from Sep. 29 to Oct. 1, 2010.
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March 15, 2011
We are saddened to learn about "Uncle Pete" passing. He was a great neighbor and friend to Ed & Rose Marks - living just across the lane. So many great memories!
Pate & my dad, Ed, loved going to Dairy Queen for ice cream. My dad built the portable boxing rings for the Golden Gloves. "Uncle Pete" was my confirmation sponsor. I ran through the altar boy's tunnel at St. Mary's to leave church, turned around, expecting to have "Uncle Pete" following me. I'll never forget him crawling through that
tunnel after me - it was NOT designed for a guy as tall as he was!
Playing baseball in the De Santis back yard - I sucked at playing basball but he had patience - hit the ball & it smacked him in the chest & knocked the wind out of him. I ran to first - Pete was down on one knee. I ran to second -he was down on both knees. I ran to third - he was on the ground! I ran home & directly across the street to hide in my folks' garage. I was sure I was in BIG trouble! LOL
I'll never forget "Uncle Pete" coming to my dad's funeral in 2008. It took a great deal of effort for him to do do. We were able to visit with "Uncle Pete" a few days later - unfortunately it was for the last time.
We'll miss you "Uncle Pete"

Love
Kathy & John Marks
Kathy Marks
February 7, 2011
Pete De Santis was a part of why my childhood in Lorain was wonderful, with nothing more than a free bag of chips, and a smile; he will be missed.
Alan Hopewell
January 31, 2011
Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad for the recollection. He was a wonderful Dad and I am particularly proud of him now knowing that he was so kind to so many. Bless you and your family as well.
January 29, 2011
I can not believe Pete is gone. God rest him. As we started our business years ago, Pete always stopped in, Chips in hand, offering us sage advise. He knew I was pregant and would stop in and offer to take me to lunch worried I was working to hard. I still have the card from the flowers he sent in my son's baby book. He would always talk about his beloved wife. A kinder more concerned man never lived. With his passing the world is a lesser place. He was an example of how a kind word or action can touch a life forever.
Nona Elliott
November 16, 2010
Pete was a gentle man. He was smart, kind, generous and loving toward all. What a blessing for our community to have known this man. He is celebrating the Love he shared.
Hilaire Tavenner
November 5, 2010
Sympathies go out to family and friends of Mr De Santis. This man made me smile every time I saw him. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. Such a truly remarkable and positive person.
Roxanne Munoz
October 25, 2010
My condolences to the De Santis Family.
I am grateful that Pete took the time to train me as a golden gloves boxer. I learned how to be nice,tough and humble. It was a great lesson for a young man who needed some guidance, discipline and a role model. I will never forget Pete. Thank you!
Michael P. Horne
Physical Education/Health Teacher
Firelands High school
Michael Horne
October 23, 2010
He was a good friend and neighbor who saw potential for good and promoted it whenever he could. He showed me that a better world could exist; I just had to work a bit harder. What a remarkable person he was.
Arthur Thomas
October 17, 2010
Will always remember Pete's compassion and cheerful attitude towards everyone. How could you not remember that warm and friendly smile to go along with that big heart of his. He definitely made a huge impact on everyone's life in many great ways. He was a legend of his own. Our condolences to Jean Marie & family.
Dennis & Linda Cynar & family
October 16, 2010
Hi Jibby,

Marilyn and I offer our most sincere condolences. I was out of town and could not attend the services for your dad.
I will always remember his super positive attitude and his kind and generous ways.
Ruben and Marilyn Lopez
October 13, 2010
I would like to thank everyone for the kind words and beautiful recollections of times shared with my Dad. He would have been so proud and happy to have read these memorials. We are blessed to have family and friends like you.
Jean Marie De Santis Morgan
October 13, 2010
God Bless Pete DeSantis! The wonderful memories he gave us as kids growing up on Wallace Lane are endless and to this day the topic of conversation. What a kind man he was! My deepest sympathies to his family.
Toni (Campana) Davis
October 12, 2010
Our family was so saddened to learn of Mr. DeSantis' passing. The lovely photo posted next to the tribute to his incredible life so captured his wonderful spirit and love for living. May his memory be eternal.
The Meimaridis Family
Eugenia Meimaridis Maish
October 12, 2010
Jean,
Your dad was a kind man and a good friend to my father. My prayers are with you and your family.
Len Marsico, Apple Valley, CA
October 11, 2010
my dearest sy at lose of a dear friend.
October 9, 2010
Jibby--please know Jim and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Jim and Christine(Mariotto) Koba
Christine Koba
October 6, 2010
Jean Marie,
So very sorry to hear of your wonderful Fathers passing. He was a great friend to my father Louie Cicco and came to dads restaurant in Vermilion and I used to sit on his lap. He was such a great man, and friend to my family. God will find a special place for him......
Kettiluigina M Cicco.....(.Ketti)
kettiluigina M. cicco
October 5, 2010
God saw you were getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you
And whispered, "Come to me"
With tearful eyes we watched you,
...And saw you pass away,
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
Dee Krupp
October 5, 2010
Jibby, Sorry to hear of your loss. I keep up with events thru my sister
and Nirschel. He had a good long run and raised a great daughter.
Linda (Urbanek) Martinez, Surfside, California
October 4, 2010
Jean Marie,

I am sorry for your loss; your father was a good man. I met him several times, and you I believe once, when I was married to Alan Porkolab and at the funeral of Jean Porkolab.

Pete was a good friend of my in-laws and ex-husband; I will remember him fondly. He was so outgoing and funny. I will never forget at our wedding he told a funny story about his trip to Rome.

It's always difficult to lose a parent; you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jayme Porkolab
October 4, 2010
R.I.P. MR DeSantis (PETE)
YOU WILL BE MISSED!
BUT YOU WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYES
ALWAYS. YOU WAS THE BEST BOXING COACH AND TEACHER
OF LIFE. THANK YOU...
RAY & PHIL EPIFANO
RAY EPIFANO
October 3, 2010
Christy, Jibby & Family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Jenee', Dave, & family
Jenee' Peters
October 2, 2010
Echoing all the previous comments regarding Mr. DeSantis. Good memories of growing up on Wallace Lane with his family at the end of the street. They were so generous with the neighborhood kids, allowing us to swim in their pool on those hot summer days. I remember the DeSantis family hosting neighborhood pool parties that were so much fun. And of course Mr. DeSantis’s Frito Lay delivery truck driving down our street; it was more popular and welcomed than the local ice cream truck, as Mr. DeSantis would generously stop and hand out snacks to us. I even recall an opportunity to ride with him and others in one of his delivery trucks as a kid.

Always helping people, he employed my brother and another neighbor at his warehouse when they were young, and sponsored a very talented hot stove baseball team (Lays Chips) that my brother played on.

I had an opportunity to visit with Mr. DeSantis a couple years ago when searching for a place for our Dad to live. I hadn’t seen him in years. But as mentioned by someone earlier, Mr. DeSantis was still sharp as a tack, greeting me with an enthusiastic “Hello Tommy’ as if no time had passed.

My sympathies and prayers go out to the family. Another of a great generation has passed.
Tom Campana
October 1, 2010
Howard, that was such a heart warming and beautiful tribute, we thank you so much and look forward to spending some time wih you. Jean Marie
October 1, 2010
Dear Sweet Mr. Pete DeSantis will be SO missed! Your Father, Grandfather, Uncle and Friend to all, his kindness will live on through those he touched. God rest his Soul and calm your sorrow. Lorraine Zieba and Family (Austin, Texas
Lorraine Zieba
October 1, 2010
Jean (and family): I still vividly remember the first time I met your beloved Peter. I was in the early 1960's and I was at my grandmother's side at the store at 1903 Washington Ave. Peter arrived with truck and the store's weekly order. He looked at me and told my grandmother that he couldn't unload the chips until I inspected and taste tested the first bag. I ran to the back of the store where Peter was waiting with a bag of chips in hand and waiting for my approval to unload the delivery. From that day on until I started school, I looked through the upstairs window above the store for Peter's truck to race down to meet him and give him the "approval" to unload. He always took the time to talk to me. He was a statuesque figure, tall and muscular, with a magical smile. Years later, on the first Tee at Thunderbird Hills golf course he reminded me of those days at the store and gently teased me. Of course, out of his golf bag came bags of chips for my friends and I. Peter represents what we are so missing today. Extended families and traditional values; charitably giving to those who we don't even know; Civic involvement. I will always cherish my memories of Peter. May g-d grant you comfort along with all mourners in this world and may Peter's soul enjoy great comfort and bliss as he looks down from heaven at the generations of those who he has taught and influenced.
Howard Goldberg
October 1, 2010
Pete's smile was contagious as was his heart and love for his family and friends-my brother Benny Naro and Pete had many good laughs together-now I am sure they are making the heavens laugh.
Mary Jane Naro Lankford
October 1, 2010
Pete you surely will be missed my friend.
You had the bigest Heart of any man I have ever known!! Now you have your angel wings and heavon is a better place.
Earl Hedrick
September 30, 2010
Pete De Santis has been and will continue to be a source of gladness in my life and heart. His memory makes you know there are good people in this world-and that makes every day better. Thank you, Pete.
Paul Keiser
September 30, 2010
to jibby, christy, brad, john and laura - you are in my thoughts now and always...so sorry for your loss..uncle pete was the greatest...without him i could of never learned to hold my breath under water as long as i did, lots of great wallace lane memories involve all of you...my sympathies
tony perisi
tony perisi
September 30, 2010
"Jibby, Christy & Family....You are in our thoughts and our prayers. Your father & grandfather was such a sweet and special man. Lorain will never forget him. May he rest in peace."
Patti Campana
September 30, 2010
I am so proud to have been Pete's barber for the past 35 years. He was like a relative to me and my family. He will be missed, but NEVER forgotten !!!!! PETE DELMONICO (DEMONICO'S BARBER SHOP)
PETE DELMONICO
September 30, 2010
My deepest sympathy to the whole Family. May God grant you courage and strength to face the days ahead. Everyone in Lorain knew and admired the special man that Pete DeSantis was. Beth Dickson Repeta
September 30, 2010
Never have I met a more kind and gentle person, professionally and personally. A true hero, dedicated businessman. It was a priveledge to run your business, sharing many fond memories through the 23 years. Thanks for all you gave myself and my family. A great listener, and a genuine friend, even at the nursing home, always a sharp mind. Sure I can speak for many of your employees, you truelly will be missed. God Bless, Rest in peace.
Rich Hribar
September 30, 2010
My sincere and deepest sympathy to the family of Pete. I was a fellow bowler for many years with Pete in the I.A.V.league.Also the I.A.V.Post-1.He was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Sincerely,Bob Broglio!
Bob Broglio
September 30, 2010
Jibby,
I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. I was always a big fan of his growing up on the east side. He surely will be missed.
My Deepest Sympathies,
Darryl Warner
Darryl Warner
September 30, 2010
The world is truly a lesser place without Pete in it...I had the extreme pleasure of working for Pete until his retirement. I can honestly say (sadly) they just don't make them like him anymore. He conducted himself with class, INTEGRITY, and most importantly, always a smile..he made his employees feel like family, as opposed to the help. If I have any regrets in life one is that I didn't get to work longer for him...He did things the right way. He always greeted you with a smile, a pat on the back, a handshake. I'll miss the Easter Hams, the Thanksgiving Turkeys...but most importantly, I'll miss the man. God rest you Pete...you are missed.
Chris Vilagi
September 30, 2010
Darryl Warner
September 30, 2010
Dear Jibby, How sorry I am to hear of your fathers passing. Your parents were both so kind and generous, I enjoyed all the times I spent at their house, it was so much fun. I miss seeing you and am sorry we lost touch over the years. Email me or I'm on facebook too, I'd love to hear from you.. Love, Joyce (Mezlak) Godman-Zelina
Joyce Godman-Zelina
September 30, 2010
Jibby so sorry to hear of your father's passing he was truly a good person


Daniel Wise
Daniel Wise
September 30, 2010
So sorry for your loss. Pete was a great guy and mentor. He was in my corner when I won the 1970 Gloden Gloves. We'll miss you big guy.
Lu Santiago
September 30, 2010
Pete was a great neighbor and friend of the family. Thanks Pete, for the use of your pool growing up and for all the bags of chips tossed our way as kids when you'd drive your truck down the lane. God Bless.

Cindy Campana, Sheffield Village, Ohio
September 30, 2010
I fondly remember spending time at the DeSantis home as a youth, as a frequent guest of their granddaughter. Both Mr. and Mrs. DeSantis were kind, generous souls who always went out of their way to make you feel welcomed. To this day, I have never experienced more delicious italian food than Mrs. DeSantis's Sunday dinners! Prayers to the entire family.
Kristin DeBracy Palmer
September 30, 2010
Dearest Family,
Pete was such a great mentor to me as I was growning to manhood. He let me work for him on the truck route and I boxed for him as well. I am sure he made me a better person. I will always love him

Virgil Landreth
Virgil Landreth
September 30, 2010
Diana (Shulsky) Though I did not know your Uncle Pete I know that the pain of loss can be overwhelming. I pray that during those times you will find comfort in your family and friends and the laughter that will arise from shared stories of your Uncle Pete and how he made even the seemingly trivial times a time for celebration and joy.
Hugs, Joanna Gotwald
Joanna Gotwald
September 30, 2010
Virgil Landreth
September 30, 2010
Uncle Peter- RIP...I spent so much time at your and Aunt Jean's home with Laura. And even though Laura & I protested the ice cream we loved every bowl you insisted we eat. XXXOOO
Lynn Faria
September 30, 2010
a angel on earth and now in heaven..NEVER FORGOTTEN..I love you Pete
Dee Krupp
September 30, 2010
Mr. Pete De Santis was a boxing hero of mine. I use to hold the heavy bag as he hit it I would swang at the end of it trying to keep it in place for him. He would always have that bright smile on his face. My heart goes out to his family and many friends. King Ayettey Zubaidah - fna- Gerald McGee
King Ayettey Zubaidah
September 30, 2010
A rose once grew
where all could see,
sheltered beside
a garden wall,
And as the days passed
swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall...

One day, a beam of light
shone through
a crevice that had
opened wide ~
The rose bent gently
toward its warmth
then passed beyond
to the other side

Now, you who deeply
feel its loss,
be comforted ~ the rose blooms there ~
its beauty even greater now,
nurtured by
God's own loving care.
I love you Pete
Dee Krupp
September 30, 2010
MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE CARE OF PETE HE WAS A GREAT GUY. I REALLY LOVE HIS FAMILY. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
BETTY MCKINNEY
September 30, 2010
RIP Pete! You were always so much fun to visit when I was a kid with my Grandpa. It was also an honor that you were at both my brothers and my wedding. You will be missed and never forgotten.
Stacey DeSantis-Klein
September 30, 2010
A rose once grew
where all could see,
sheltered beside
a garden wall,
And as the days passed
swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall...

One day, a beam of light
shone through
a crevice that had
opened wide ~
The rose bent gently
toward its warmth
then passed beyond
to the other side

Now, you who deeply
feel its loss,
be comforted ~ the rose blooms there ~
its beauty even greater now,
nurtured by
God's own loving care. I love you Pete
Dee Krupp
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