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PERUCCI, Deanna Michele

Deanna Michele Perucci (Age 24)

At age 24, Deanna Michele Perucci passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019; beloved daughter of parents Philip and Marian Perucci; sister of Suzanne Perucci. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deanna received a BA in English Language & Literature and a Master’s in Education, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was elected into the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. She advocated an immersive learning approach, which she described as follows:

“Rather than teaching in a purely lecture-based setting, I strive to be a catalyst for higher-level thinking that fosters student-led discussions and enables students to reach their own conclusions”

In her professional life, Deanna’s enthusiasm for teaching was well received by both staff and students, and was extremely rewarding for Deanna. Most recently, she was a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School in Potomac, MD.

In her personal life, Deanna was especially fond of the beach, sun-bathing, Disney World, cooking, reading and music. Deanna had a particular “knack” for cooking; she enjoyed cooking, and those lucky enough to enjoy her food were invariably pleased!

Deanna was especially gifted with a great deal of charm and charisma, always being eager to truly understand others and help in any way she could. As a wonderful daughter, sister and girl-friend at the time of her untimely passing, the loss of Deanna impacted a surprisingly large number of people. Still, it is safe to say that – for those who really knew Deanna – she would want us to treasure the time we had with her, but not despair in her absence.

Relatives and friends may call at St. Peter’s Church, 2900 Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD, Monday, January 21, from 4 to 7 p.m.; where the Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 22, at 11 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Deanna, it was a pleasure to have known you; we will miss you!

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