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Weekly Bulletin February 5, 2023
by Terrie Evans
Our San Antonio Church Community is heartbroken on the loss of our Guardian Angels and Staunch Supporter, Deanne (Dee) Marie Gardonio (1958-2023) who passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023. With Frank at her side, Dee kept her faith as we held them in our thoughts and invoked many special prayer intentions during the time, they could not be with us. Dee was born in Cincinnati, grew up in St. Bernard, and went on to join the medical profession by becoming a much-respected Nurse. Later she changed her career path by becoming a Medical Equipment Sales Rep covering many states, sometimes driving 1,500 miles in a single week meeting with Doctors and Hospital Teams. She was called on at times to deliver much needed equipment on short notice as she covered her large area. At one time, Dee drove to West Virginia for the much-needed medical supplies that had to be delivered in an emergency situation. Her colleagues and clients knew Dee as a very accomplished woman in the tough profession of medical sales requiring excellent networking skills.
We all met Deanne “Dee” when she came to San Antonio Church with the Ladies from The La Societa Femminile Fuscaldese for their breakfast. After we received their beautiful likeness of San Francesco, we learned the importance of the saint and the crown, Charity (Charitas) that Frank Perrotta handcrafted. Frank and Dee made the pilgrimage to Paola, Italy where they chose to visit and honor San Francesco de Paola, a Saint they both revered. Deanne (Dee) not only attended our 9:00 AM Sunday Mass but was active in all things San Antonio and always let others know to call on her whenever she was needed. She was present for all the events in our Hall and the casseroles and homemade coffee cakes she delivered for all our Father’s Day Breakfasts were the best. Dee would never hesitate to offer her baking skills for the Spaghetti Dinners, Lunch on the House Tuesdays, or the Pizza Party and on many Sundays, she would bake “a little something” for our priests to take home to enjoy. We all remember her spirit of giving when she would drive someone to a medical procedure or check on one of our parishioners who might need a little TLC after surgery.
Dee was known to make “house calls” to fit a device on a patient as she did for friends, Frank and Rita (De Toma) Scigliulo. Dee was very important to all of us, and we will never forget her classic style of dress at Sunday Mass or the traditional Easter Bonnets she wore every year. Dee left us way too soon; the memories of all she was will never leave us. All the parishioners have really missed Dee at Mass and in the Hall every Sunday, but we feel very blessed to have known her over these past years. We will continue to pray for Frank Perrotta, his Sons, Umberto (Stepheny), Sergio, Aldo (Rebecca), Marcello (Katryna) and Grandchildren Niko, Cyntina ,Christiano and Reina who Dee loved dearly and was thrilled when Grandchildren were born into their family.
We will also pray for Dee’s mother Dolores (Leigh) Walker, Sisters and their Spouses: Denise & Tom Sebastiano, Lisa & Mike Clyde, Lori & David DeMoss, and her Brothers and their Wives: Michael & Nancy Gardonio and Brian & Daycy Walker and their families. Her father, Thomas Gardonio, Stepfather Emmanuel Lanier Walker (1932-2014), Sister, Gayle Ann Dunbar (1960-2020) and Uncle Raymond Leigh (1931-2013) proceeded her. Deanne (Dee) Gardonio’s funeral Mass was held at San Antonio Church on the Feast of St. Blaise with Fr. Mike Savino officiating on one of the saddest days in the history of our church. Please keep Frank Perrotta, the Gardonio , Walker and the Leigh Family members as they mourn the loss of their beloved Dee.
We also lost another Friend of San Antonio Church when Judge Jon Sieve died suddenly on January 19, 2023. Jon and Cheryl (O’Leary) Sieve have attended our events over the years and Jon was a longtime supporter of The Mussie Men’s Fest held every April in our Hall. The Sieve’s have many connections with our parishioners especially with their best friends Dan and Melissa (Morrissey) Minella and their son Christiaan and his wife Andrea . Judge Sieve served on the Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations for two terms becoming an advocate for all families going through difficult times. His funeral Mass was held at the Mater Dei Chapel at Mt. Saint Joseph on Saturday January 28th. Please keep the Sieve, Hendon and Deters families and their friends in all your prayers at this difficult time.