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Obituary: Laurice Santoro

Laurice Santoro, age 83, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on May 23, 2012 at Glen Cove Hospital. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother and friend to so many. She was predeceased by parents, Solomon Joseph and Marie Sahadi Joseph, and husband Vito. She is survived by her children, Marie, Francine, John, Joe (Yoko), and Vincent (Jennifer), and grandson Sebastian.

The eldest of six children, she is also survived by sisters, Renee Sophy, Marietta Kimball, and Charlotte Joseph, brothers Ron Joseph and Vincent Joseph and many nieces and nephews.

Her long career in teaching touched the lives of many students at institutions that included Elmira Business Institute, Elmira Correctional Facility, Greater Southern Tier BOCES and various Elmira School District Adult and Continuing Education courses.

A communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Elmira for many years, she was a Eucharistic minister, a sponsor for many Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) participants, a member of the 3rd Order of Carmelites, tireless volunteer, and one of the founding members of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at St. Casmir’s Parish. Also active in the Lebanese-American community, she was a former president and longtime member of the Elsylebam Club.

Friends are invited to a memorial Mass, which will be held at St. Rocco’s Church, 18 Third St., Glen Cove, on Saturday, June 23 at 11 a.m. The family will be available in the church prior to the Mass at 10:30 a.m. and following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Gribbin School Greenhouse Fund, Seaman and Walnut Rds., Glen Cove, NY 11542 would be appreciated.