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“Dear Kathy, Scott and Eric ~ Your mother was a true gem. She was kind, caring and generous. Growing up on Howard St, all those years ago, I...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Joyce Bedard - Candia, NH

“To Kathys family- Although we had not stayed in touch for a number of years, I will miss Kathy dearly. She was a wonderful mentor when I was a new...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Susan Nipoti - Friend

“To Kathys family- Although we had not stayed in touch for a number of years, I will miss Kathy dearly. She was a wonderful mentor when I was a new...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Susan Nipoti - Friend

“Kathy, Eric and family,I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. All I have is fond memories of her always being so kind to me, always...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Carol Cobb-Ferraro - Attleboro, MA

“Loving and prayerful thoughts to you all at this most difficult time. We enjoyed any visit we ever had with Kate!Dave and Grace ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: David and Grace Gleason - MA

“Kathy, I am so so sorry for the loss of your mom. There just isn't a more special love than that of a mother. God bless you and keep you in this...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Kerri Egan - Chelmsford, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. I loved your mom and she was a very special woman. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Kim Egan - Burlington, MA


Kathleen M. (Sullivan) DeSantis, of Waltham, died on May 12, 2020 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Brockton. She was 79 years old.

Kathleen was born in Boston on November 8, 1940, the daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Gleason) Sullivan. Growing up in a military family, her dad serving in the Air Force, she moved quite often and graduated from Falmouth High School on the Cape. Kathleen furthered her education and became a nurse. She loved her job and enjoyed working with both patients and families. Before her retirement Kathleen had worked for many years at Wingate of Needham. She had previously worked at Reservoir Nursing Home in Waltham.

Her life revolved around her family and as a single mother she worked very hard to make sure her children had everything they needed and more. She enjoyed the simple things in life, reading a good book, attending Tai Chi class with her brother Jack every Monday, a glass of Chardonnay with her good friend Mary on Friday nights and spending time with her children, grandchildren, siblings and of course her canine companion, Kiki. She will be dearly missed and remembered for her kind and generous spirit.

She is survived by her children, Scott J. DeSantis and his wife, Marie, of Kingston, Kathleen M. DeSantis of Bedford and Eric J. DeSantis of Rockland; her siblings, Gertrude Sullivan of Waltham and John 'Jack' Sullivan and his wife, Anne, of Waltham; her grandchildren, Derek, Daniel and Paul DeSantis and Katie Anne Collura; her great-grandchildren, Grayson and Jake DeSantis and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families.

Funeral services are private.

Memorial donations may be made to The Commission for the Blind, 600 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111.