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Leona (Santamaria) Defino

Leona (Santamaria) Defino
  • November 3, 1925 - February 25, 2017
  • Waltham, Massachusetts

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“My sweet aunt Leona. Some of my best memories were summers as a child when she and uncle John came to nc. I can't find words to express my sorrow of...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: kim tyndall (peterson) - NC

2 of 6 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“Aunt Leona was such a special person. My heart breaks for the loss of her but rejoices in knowing she is in a better place. Uncle John, Joani ,...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Patty Peterson - Land O Lakes, FL

“Uncle John, Joan & DonnaWe will always remember the good times and laughs we hadat lunches and just visiting. She was my kind and thoughtfulAuntie...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Tony & Judy Fucci - San Diego, CA

“A spark of life and joy were in all her steps, kindness and concern in her words and eyes, and in her gestures, caring and love. What a wonderful...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: John Peterson - Harrells, NC

“Dear "Dad", Joani & family,My sincerest, deepest sympathy to you. I will miss "Moms" beautiful smile, her loving hugs, and "our dances"! Thank You...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: SANDY LEONE - WALTHAM

Waltham – Mrs. Leona (Santamaria) Defino, of Waltham, died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hosice in Wayland. She was 91.

Leona was born in Waltham on November 3, 1925, a daughter of the late John and Catherine Santamaria, and had been a lifelong resident. After high school she worked as a dressmaker and later in life worked for many years in the food service department for the Waltham Public Schools.

She leaves her husband of sixty-five years, John T. Defino; her children, Joani Defino and Donna Manoogian and her husband, Gary, all of Waltham; her special family friends, the Cocuzzo family of Waltham and many nieces and nephews.

Leona was also the sister of the late Rose Fucci, Josephine DeMarco, Helen Rando and Stephen Santamaria and an aunt of the late Arlene Peterson and Anthony Rando.

Family and friends will honor and remember Leona's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, February 28th from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Wednesday morning when her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.