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Darlene  M. 'Dee' Santora

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“Dear Pam & Family,Our deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom and the kids' grandmother. I just watched the picture video .... it was...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Pep & Pat Wood - Haverhill, MA

“Dear Paul, Pam, Michelle, and family,We are so sad to hear of Dee's passing. Family meant the world to her, and she was always happy talking about...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Maura Scott - Shrewsbury, MA

“My deepest condolences to all of Darlene´s family. She was a warrior and fought her battle with grace and dignity. She was a true and loyal friend....Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Pat Berberian Ordway

“Dear Pam, Michelle & Paul, My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your entire family. What a beautiful soul the world lost! I have such found...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Krissy Parker - Charlton, MA

“Very sorry. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Fran Keefe

“Paul and family, Ken and I wish to offer our sincerest condolences on the loss of Darlene. ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Carol and Ken Forchielli

“Dear Paul and family, My deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. Darlene and my sister, Pat, were close friends. I was surprised to hear of...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Carol (Berberian) Lapomardo

“Oh, Pam and Michelle, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I know it has been so long since we all worked together at Willy's but that experience...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Laura Cronin - Shrewsbury, MA

“I knew Darlene from high school. She was always so happy and laughing. This is how I like to remember her. I last saw her a couple of Algonquin...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Karen Constantino Diez

“To the entire Santora family, my wife Anne and I send our sincere condolences and wish you remember her always in your hearts. Rest in eternal peace. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Stephen Schemel

“Looking back, Mrs. Santora was a tremendous influence during my childhood. Too many memories to list here. I am saddened by this news. My thoughts...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Matt Zorigian - GA - Neighbor

“Although it's been years since we've seen Dee and family, we are blessed with great memories of being neighbors of Dee, Paul, and the kids in the...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Carolann and Michael Costello - MA

“It was a great joy to meet Darlene and enjoy her wit and kindness. I know how dearly missed she will be by her beloved family. She must surely be in...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Jordan - Murrells Inlet, SC

“Darlene was a dear friend of mine. We grew up together in the Northgate community and remained friends throughout these many years. She was a...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Marcia Remillard

“Dee was my neighbor for 40 years,a great person, her children an myChildren grew up together an still friends to this day. She will be missed so much...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Marie Giangaspro - Neighbor

Shrewsbury - Dee Santora was a woman predictable in her ways, independent and very content remaining within a few miles of her local zip codes. She loved making her house a home on Saturn Drive in Shrewsbury. Their screened-in porch, the yard and her gardens enabled her to enjoy the wonderful seasons of living in New England, in particular the many summers by the pool with her kids and grandkids.

She loved both sending and receiving greeting cards and was certain to hold onto all of them. Dee was talented with the needle and thread and knew her way around the kitchen with the cooking channel on in the background.

Darlene Marie Dumas was born May 19, 1947 in Worcester, daughter of the late Raymond F. Dumas Sr.and Ruth (Latham) Dumas. A graduate of Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, class of 1965, she remained close to many of her classmates. She was instrumental in organizing every class reunion for her graduating class and she loved that. It kept her in touch with many of her close friends and those with whom she attended school.

She married Shrewsbury native Paul M. Santora on November 1, 1969 in St. Rose of Lima Church in Northborough and they have made Shrewsbury their home since. Prior to staying at home to raise her daughters she worked in accounts payable for Massachusetts Electric Company. She helped her husband, Paul manage his well-known paving company, P.M. Santora Paving for many years.

Change forced its way into her life in January of 2014 when medical issues took precedence and issues with her kidneys required dialysis three times each week. But Dee adapted and in fact became a familiar and much-loved patient at her dialysis centers each and every week for the last seven years.

Dee passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2021 in UMASS Medical Center after her long struggle with kidney and heart disease. She was 73.

Her family remains grateful to the medical professionals for their exceptional care of her at UMASS on the 3 Lakeside Cardiac ICU and also to Dr. DelRosario and the staff at DaVita Dialysis Centers in Worcester

In addition to her husband of 51 years, Paul, she leaves her daughters, Pamela L. Santora (Matthew Wood) of Haverhill and Michelle R. Zuno (Christian) of Shrewsbury; her grandchildren, Derek T. DeSouza (Brianna Tarasek), Karli T. and Gabriella T. DeSouza, Justyn P. and Vanessa R. Zuno; her brothers, Raymond F. Dumas Jr. of Sterling and Kevin L. Dumas (Diana) of Roxbury, Connecticut; nieces Christina Dumas (Evan Wright) and Jessica Dumas. She also leaves her dear friend, Mary Joslyn and her close high school friends, who were always by her side and there for support.

Family and friends will honor Darlene's life by gathering for a calling hour on Friday, February 26th from 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. in Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street Shrewsbury, followed by her funeral Mass celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Those wishing to view Dee's Funeral Mass may do so via this link to be provided:

Memorials in her name may be made to UMass Memorial Office of Philanthropy | Attn: Nephrology Care & Research, 365 Plantation Street, Biotech One, Worcester, MA 01605

Arrangements by James & John Heald.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – a note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love, support and a verbal hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.

When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit to the venue where they are held should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.

It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.

Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.

During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance. Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.

Upcoming Funeral Services

Mountain View Cemetery

Rt. 140 Boylston Street Shrewsbury, MA 01545