In Memory of




Obituary for Josephine DeSantis (Maglitta)

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend a Visitation in Vazza’s Beechwood Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Wednesday, November 9th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for Josephine (Maglitta) DeSantis, who died at the Residence at Riverbend Assisted Living in Ipswich following a long illness, she was 92 years old. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere. At 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Face masks are encouraged to be worn throughout the services.

Josephine was born in East Boston on June 7, 1930 to her late parents, Manfredo “Freddie” & Mary (DeStefano) Maglitta. Josephine was an alumna of Girls High in Boston, Class of 1948. She also went onto Secretarial School as well. She married her husband, Arthur F. DeSantis on July 9, 1950. The couple began their life together in East Boston. Shortly after beginning their family, they moved to Revere, then relocating to Gloucester, where they spent the last 22 years. Josephine was a loving mother of 4 children, and worked alongside her husband for many years in their businesses, Diahna Hosiery Co., Inc. in East Boston and Foot Sox, Inc. in Gloucester. She was ever present in anything her family was involved in. Josephine was blessed to have traveled the world with her husband. They loved traveling the world by cruises, went on a Safari in Africa, visited China, and wintered in Spain for 18 years, where they made lifelong friends. She was an avid crossword puzzle enthusiast and loved arts & crafts. She was a warm loving person who always had a smile! She was a past member of the Gaetano Bruno Association in East Boston.

She is the beloved wife of 72 years of Arthur F. DeSantis, Sr. of Gloucester. The loving mother of Barbara J. Scoppa & husband Thomas G. of Gloucester, John A. DeSantis of Swampscott, and the late Arthur F. DeSantis, Jr. & Diane DeSantis. She is the cherished Nana of Christopher Scoppa & wife Vanessa of Gloucester and Nicole DeSantis & husband Colin Rademacher of San Francisco, CA. Also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, & grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Care Dimension, 75 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA 01923.