Christina R. Santillo

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Christina R. Santillo, 95, of Ellwood City passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 10, 2019, at the home of her son in Valencia, Pennsylvania, following a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
Born in Chewton on Nov. 4, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie (D'Andrea) Maietta.
She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1941.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael L. Santillo, who died Jan. 24, 1989. They were married Aug. 1, 1942.
A loving and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Christina, will be remembered most fondly by friends and family for her warm and caring nature and welcoming hospitality. She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards and crocheting, often making afghans for family, church and community fundraisers.
She faithfully worshiped at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, where she was a lifetime member of the Christian Mothers-Ladies Guild. She volunteered in the Holy Redeemer School cafeteria for over 50 years.
Christina is survived by six sons, Michael (Priscilla) Santillo of Ellwood City, Richard (Jane) Santillo of Seminole, Florida, Robert (Gayle) Santillo of Valencia, Gary Santillo of Edinboro, Raymond (LuAnn) Santillo of Ellwood City, and Thomas (Pam) Santillo of Pittsburgh; 15 grandchildren, Betsy (James) Amato, Gregory (Kim) Santillo, Christy (Scott) Kravetz, Christopher (Liz) Santillo, Jayme (Matt) Orn, Cara (Zach) Carter, Megan (Dave) Moore, Robbie Santillo, Jenna (Gary) Valentino, T.J. (Tasha) Santillo, Michael Santillo, Nick (Jessica) Santillo, Katie (Kyle) Knisley, Jessie Santillo and Joey Santillo; and 19 great-grandchildren. Two more are expected in the coming months.
As well as her husband of 46 years and her parents, Christina was preceded in death by six brothers, Charles Maietta, Andrew Maietta, Peter Maietta, Dominick Maietta, Michael Maietta and Genery Maietta; two sisters, Effie DeMaio and Florence Caravaggio; and her beloved daughter-in-law, Barbara Santillo.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Members of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church by 9:50 a.m. Tuesday to form an honor guard.
Memorial donations may be made in Christina's name to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund, 300 Crescent Ave., Ellwood City, Pa., or to the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research, 521 W. 57th St., Fourth Floor, New York, New York 10019 or to the Alzheimer Disease Research Center, Attn: Leslie Dunn, MPH, ARDC Administrator, UPMC Montefiore, Four West, 200 Lothrop St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.
Published on May 10, 2019
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Phyllis & Jerry Spencer
May 11, 2019
Aunt Chris, God has called you home with Uncle Mike,You lived a beautiful life, You will always be in ourhearts, Love You, Phyllis & Jerry .