Donna Rennee (Lassick) Santus

Died: Fri., Jan. 25, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Wed., Jan. 30, 2013

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passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at Indiana Hospital, Indiana, Pa. She was born Aug. 23, 1936, in Iselin. She was a member of SS Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church, Blairsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Richard Santus in 2007; her parents, William and Mary Citeroni; a sister, Clara L. Citeroni; and two brothers, William and Robert Citeroni. She is survived by her four children, Jerri Palmer of Latrobe; Victoria Houser and her husband, Bryan of Blairsville; Barbara Kelly and her husband, John of Blairsville; and Joseph Aaron Santus of Youngsville; and her grandchildren, Eden Copeland of Drexel Hill; Dr. Lincoln Loucks of Harrisonburg, VA; Bryan Curtis Houser of Blairsville; Nikki Loucks of Latrobe; Dr. Joleen Loucks Greenwood of Kutztown; Aaron and Ryan Kelly both of Blairsville; and Jalyn Loucks of Latrobe. She has seven great grandchildren. Private viewing at James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc. in Blairsville will be by invitation only. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the SS Simon & Jude Church, Blairsville, PA.  Fr. Chester J. Raimer will officiate.  Interment will be in the SS Simon & Jude Cemetery, Blairsville.

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Deb and Pat Short
   Posted Sat January 26, 2013
Sorry, to hear about your Mom. You have our very deepest sympathy.

Deb and Pat Short

David Citeroni and Family
   Posted Sun January 27, 2013
God has blessed you all with a wonderful mother,grandmother,mother in law. He has called her now to be with him and follow the rest of her family. May she rest in peace and all of you blessed to say she was my mom! I feel blessed to have had a great aunt, she will always have a spot near and dear in my heart.
God Bless you all.

Karen Cyphert
   Posted Sun January 27, 2013
I am so very sorry about Aunt Donna's passing. I have such wonderful memories of her visits to our family home. She was a great friend to my mom, a loving sister to my dad and my fun loving aunt who always enjoyed making people laugh. My fondest memories will be times when Aunt Donna would tell a story while laughing herself until she couldn't finish. She was the first person to dye my hair and teach me how to make salt water taffy. I have loved her since I was a young child and always will.
My heart is with all of you.

Mary Ann Grechen & DiPalma Family
   Posted Mon January 28, 2013
Sorry to hear about your Mother. Our condolences to all of you. She was always laughing and happy and my Mother always enjoyed keeping in touch with her. They can enjoy a reunion in heaven! Love to all of you, Mary Ann & Gloria and Dennis

Robert J. Henigin Sr
   Posted Mon January 28, 2013
Condolences to the family.

Karen Bosco
   Posted Mon January 28, 2013
Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She may die but she will always be with you.

Fred & Toni Manfredi
   Posted Mon January 28, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to all of you!! I remember what a light-hearted & happy person your mom was.
May she rest in peace.

Inna & Russ Learn
   Posted Tue January 29, 2013
Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family. May your fondest memories bring you the peace and comfort your mom would wish for you.
If we can be of any help throughout this difficult time, please just let us know.
Inna & Russ Learn

Henry F and Patricia L Grosel
   Posted Tue January 29, 2013
Joe and Family, Are thoughts and prayers are with you. Accept this ancient Slovenian Blessing at the time of loss:

Though we need to weep your loss,
you dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
where no storm or night or pain can reach you.

Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of color.

The sound of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.

Whatever you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With the wonder at things.

Though your days here were brief,
Your spirit was alive, awake, complete.

We look toward each other no longer
From the old distance of our names;
Now you dwell inside the rythm of breath,
As close to us as ourselves.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.

May you continue to inspire us;
To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.

JoAnne Murray Byers
   Posted Tue January 29, 2013
I was so sorry to see of your mom's passing. My mother, Mildred Murray thought the world of your mom. They were friends for many years. I know she always tried to keep up, seeing how she was after she moved in with me. You will be kept in my prayers and have my sympathy. God comfort you in this time of loss.
JoAnne Murray Byers

Tracy Citeroni
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
My heart is aching for all of you. I was so sad to hear of Aunt Donna's passing. I am most grateful for the fun and laughter (and yes sarcasm) she brought into our home during her frequent visits when I was growing up. Especially after my dad died. Not even a power outage would deter her stopping in for a chat, and I recall lively candlelit conversation on those occasions. She was a dear sister and friend to my mother. I have particularly fond memories of Aunt Donna and Mom going to continuing ed classes together at IUP. Mom would have never done that without Aunt Donna's support and companionship. The stories they would tell, giggling like school girls again! Aunt Donna was a truly magnificent soul. I send each of you a warm hug and so much love. Please know that I share your sorrow and grief.

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