She was 81 years old and endured a long struggle with dementia.
She was born in North Tarrytown, N.Y., (now Sleepy Hollow) on Feb. 9, 1931.
She attended North Tarrytown High School where she was head cheerleader for the Headless Horsemen.
She met the love of her life and married Americo “Dee” Deana on Feb. 16, 1952. Their union lasted 54 years until his death in 2006. Mom and Dad provided the most loving home. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who cherished family above all else. After transferring from New York to Cleveland in 1961, they immediately fell in love with living in the South, and it soon became their true home.
She was a Red Cross volunteer at Bradley Memorial Hospital for almost 40 years, a job she very much loved. They were founding members of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church. After Dee’s death in 2006, Sally moved to West Virginia to be cared for by her daughter and family for the last six years of her life.
She is survived by Paula and Roger Shafer of Elkview, W.Va., Christina and Sonny Moss of Cleveland, Dan and Misty Deana of Panama City, Fla., and Patti and Rolf Erisman of Clifton; along with her six grandchildren: Nina and husband, Jamie Thurman, Jessie and Cecilia Shafer, Roman and Anthony Deana and Jake Erisman; and her precious great-granddaughter, Julia RuthAnn Thurman.
Visitation will be at Fike Funeral Home today, Nov. 29, 2012, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, Clingan Ridge Drive, Cleveland, with Father P.J. McGinnity officiating.
The family extends appreciation to their “Wild and Wonderful” West Virginia family and friends for their care and support the last six years. She loved being with all of you. Also, to Bradley Care Home in St. Albans, W.Va., where Mom was lovingly cared for the last few years. Words cannot express the dignity, laughter, and the unbelievable compassion you showed her. We will never forget. To Hospice, what can we say that has not been said? You are all angels. A special appreciation to you to Debbie, Mom’s Hospice aide, she truly loved you.
She always surrounded herself with beautiful gardens, so in lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, a way we can all help fight this terrible illness that affects so many families.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, where she will be laid to rest between her beloved husband and mother.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Deana family guest book at fikefh.com.