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Neumann University Mourns Loss of Student


Dante DeSimone, a freshman at Neumann University, died on January 12, 2014, as a result of a tragic automobile accident. Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, University President, asks that the entire University community keep the DeSimone family in its thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. A remembrance and prayer service for Dante will be held shortly after students return to campus on January 15.


“We are deeply saddened by the news of Dante’s passing. We extend our deepest condolences to his parents, siblings, family and friends,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Chuck Sack. Dante was a member of the University Men's Lacrosse team.


The University has counselors available to provide outreach and assistance to Dante's fellow students, team members, roommates, and the campus community at-large.  Specific services include:


~ Group grief counseling for all members of the campus family

~ Individual counseling. Students are welcome at any time. From 3-5 p.m. each day, a counselor is available for walk-ins.

~ Residence Life House meetings will be held Wednesday January 15, 2014.  Grief Counselors will be made available for each house meeting.

~ The Dean of Students will be in touch with all faculty members to discuss how to be alert to students who may be suffering or showing stress from Dante’s loss.


The arrangements for Dante are listed below.

Visitation         Friday, January 17, 2014, 5 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
D’Anjolell Memorial Home
2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 

Funeral Mass:     Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Holy Cross Church
 Bishop and Springfield Rds.
   Springfield, PA

Interment         SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery
1600 S. Sproul Rd.
  Springfield, PA


The University is providing transportation for those students who would like to attend the funeral arrangements. Please see details below regarding bus departure and time.

Date: Saturday, January 18
Departure time: 9:30am
Location: Bruder Life Center (blue awning)
Point of Contact: Alex Maurizzio
Return time: After Mass
Availability: first-come, first-serve 


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