Nicola DeSantis

Obituary of Nicola DeSantis

South Plainfield – Nicola DeSantis, 61, died Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, NJ, due to a valiant fight against Covid-19.


Born in Melizzano Italy to Antonio and Maria DeSantis, Nicola immigrated to the United States in 1971 and settled to South Plainfield.   He graduated from South Plainfield High School and continued his studies in Teterboro School of Aeronautics. 


Nick was currently serving as the Technical Service Manager for MG America, a pharmaceutical machinery manufacturing company based in Italy. He started as the only technician and grew to manage eight others. Nick had grown with MG America and was a vital asset to the team because of his knowledge and experience over the last twenty-nine years.


Nick was a passionate, loving and hard-working husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all. Anyone who met him felt they were a part of his family immediately. There was nothing he could not do, or if given the chance, would not learn to do. The world and our family were far better off for having him in their lives.


Surviving are his wife, Patricia (Donahue) DeSantis; three children, Thomas Zullinger, Michelle DeSantis, Angela DeSantis; his son-in-law, Kevin Cardenas; his grandson, Shane Zullinger; his parents, Antonio and Maria DeSantis; his sister, Lina DeSantis; his sister and brother-in-law Rosa Anna and Richard Szeliga, and their children Melissa Zurawiecki, Stephanie Szeliga, and Richard Szeliga.  Also surviving are his many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and family across the world.


A public visitation will take place on Friday, March 12, 2021 from 5-8 PM in the McCriskin – Gustafson Home for Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield NJ 07080.


During this ongoing pandemic, according to Executive Orders and the CDC guidelines, we kindly ask that face masks must be worn while visiting, to be mindful of physical distancing to the best of your ability, and are asking visitors to minimize time spent indoors to allow everyone a chance to pay their respects. We thank you for your understanding and for taking these precautions during this difficult time.

A public  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 10:30AM in the Church of the Sacred Heart, 149 South Plainfield Ave. South Plainfield, NJ 07080.  To view the livestream funeral mass, please visit

Cremation services after mass will take place privately.

In lieu of flowers, donation in his memory may be made to Somerset Health Care Foundation 110 Rehill Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876 (908) 685-2885or online at



5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 12, 2021
McCriskin – Gustafson Home For Funerals
2425 Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, New Jersey, United States

Funeral Mass

10:30 am
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Sacred Heart RC Church
149 South Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
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