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Rosanna LaTorre DeSantis

February 12, 1939 - October 7, 2019

Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019 at St. Patrick Cathedral.

Interment will be in the family mausoleum in Greenwood Memorial Park.


Memorials: Should friends desire, donations may be made in Rosanna’s name to Catholic Charities of Fort Worth (

Rosanna LaTorre DeSantis, 80, went to her eternal reward in the heavenly kingdom of her beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 7, 2019. She died peacefully at home with her husband of 60+ years, Louis DeSantis Jr., and eldest daughter, Diana, by her side. She was the first and the only love of his life after being brought together while in high school. He was immediately smitten by her beauty, inside and out, and charming personality. Her smile lit up his heart, which is now left with a great void and longing for her.

Rosanna was a loving and devoted wife, mother of five, grandmother of nine and a new great-grandmother. She was affectionately known as “Nana” by her grandchildren. She cherished her Catholic faith and was a faithful and longstanding member of the St. Andrew Catholic Church community in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rosanna’s greatest enjoyment was visiting and being with family, the children and grandchildren, attending their special events and sharing important moments in their lives, and family vacations together. She enjoyed all genres of music and dance, live theater, and watching old movies and her favorite tv shows. On the day she passed, she had just returned from attending a niece’s wedding in Florence, Italy where, with glorious weather and wonderfully beautiful surroundings, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. During her last days, it appeared as though God had granted her an extraordinary sense of peace, contentment, and happiness.

Rosanna was born on February 12, 1939, and grew up in Columbus, Ohio, with her Italian parents, John and Mary LaTorre, six brothers and a sister. She was a member of the graduating class of 1957 of Saint Mary High School there.

Rosanna and Louis moved to Fort Worth in early 1974 where he was employed as a scientist by Alcon Laboratories in the Research Department.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary LaTorre, brothers: Rocco, Carmelo, John, Joseph and Norman LaTorre, sisters-in-law: Mary Teresa LaTorre, Melanie LaTorre, Margaret Bracaloni, and brothers-in-law, Louis Viol and Jack J. Conie, and granddaughter, Angela DeSantis.

Rosanna is survived by her loving husband, and her five children and their spouses, Louis DeSantis III, Diana (Mark) Kachmer, David (Jennifer) DeSantis, Julie (Tim) Rios, and Aimee (JD) Horton; as well as her brother, Anthony (Vicky) LaTorre; and sister, Mary Lou (Robert) MacNabb;  her sisters-in-law, Louise Conie, Giovina Viol, Sue LaTorre, Joann LaTorre, and Patty LaTorre; brother-in-law, Anthony Bracaloni; Rosanna was cherished by her nine grandchildren, Dominic (Lindsey) DeSantis, Gabrielle DeSantis, Zachary, Kylie and Kate Kachmer, Isabella Rios, Francesca and Finn Horton, and Vincent DeSantis, as well as great-granddaughter, Shaylee DeSantis; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.