Lawrence DeSantis

Born: November 09, 1929

Died: September 05, 2015

Services: 10:30AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas the Apostle RC Church on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

Visitation: Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home Tuesday, September 8,2015 from 2-9PM.

Lawrence DeSantis, 85, of Prince's Bay, a retired managing editor of United Press International and a respected figure in the fast-paced and competitive world of news agencies, died Saturday in Lutheran Hospital, Brooklyn.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, he had lived in the same house in Dyker Heights for 53 years before moving to Prince's Bay three years ago.

Mr. DeSantis graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and earned his bachelor's degree in English from Brooklyn College.

He and AnnMarie Monteleone met while they were in elementary school, became high school sweethearts, and were married 64 years ago in Regina Pacis R.C. Church, Brooklyn.

Mr. DeSantis had a 40-year career with UPI, based in Manhattan but traveling the world to cover national and international events and breaking news. He retired in 1986.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Brooklyn.

Mr. DeSantis relished time spent with his family. A sports enthusiast, he rooted for the New York Yankees. He also enjoyed music, movies, MGM musicals, playing cards and literature.

He was a parishioner of St. Bernadette R.C. Church, Brooklyn.

His daughter, Deborah DeSantis, died in 2012.

Surviving, along with his wife, AnnMarie, are his daughters, Barbara Amari and Lorraine Boccia; his brother, Frank, and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home, Tottenville, with a mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church, Pleasant Plains. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, also Pleasant Plains.

Cemetery: Resurrection Cemetery (Staten Island) (Map)

Location: Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home (Map)

Church: St. Thomas The Apostle RC Church (Map)

Posted at: 9/22/2015 2:27:09 PM By:

Zinne Suji

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I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. May God almighty father of tender mercies and all comfort continue to strengthen you all (2 Corinthians 1: 3, 4). We all indeed look forward to the fulfillment of God's promise to completely remove death, tears, mourning, outcry and pain (Revelation 21:4). The Bible also provides assurance that in God's Kingdom, our dead loved ones will be brought back to life ( John 5:25). May these promises from God bring you comfort. You can also learn further about God's purposes at

Posted at: 9/8/2015 9:33:39 AM By:

Gary Lattanzi

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Dear Ann Marie, Barbara, Lorraine, Granchildren and Family. My Heart is with you at this time of Dutchy moving on into Jesus, and with you always! Dutchy will remain the Man I admired since a child for his straight forward approach to Life. His Intelligent Wit and Dry Humor will reamin with us all, until we all meet again in Christs Eternal family in Heaven!
My Love is with you all now and always!