Date of BirthNovember 03, 1937

Joseph Carl Santora Obituary

Date of BirthNovember 03, 1937

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Date of DeathJanuary 14, 2016

Joseph Carl Santora Obituary

from Renton, Pennsylvania, United States

Joseph (Joe) Carl Santora, 78, was called home on the evening of May 14, 2016. His last day was a joyous one; spent with loving family celebrating his granddaughter's wedding day.Joe was born on November 3, 1937 in Philadelphia, and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School (1955). He spent 10 years working in the electrical trade and then became a proud member of IBEW Local 269 out of Trenton, N.J., where he worked for 30 years as a Journeyman Electrician. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marie Santora and sister, Patricia Roughley.Joe and his loving wife, Margret Mary (Metzger), spent many years traveling from their home in Philadelphia to the Pocono Mountains in Cresco. Joe liked to identify himself as a Mountain Man. He first built a small cabin there where he and his family would camp on the weekends. Then, he spent years building a beautiful home where they lived for 22 years. Most recently, he and his wife resided in Friendsville to be closer to family.He was a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of St. Augustine's parish in Silver Lake. Joe had a love for cars, horse races, old western movies, reading books, trivia, and telling stories. Joe's door was always open; he was an excellent listener and provided his wisdom and advice to friends and family who needed it.Joe's most cherished love was his wife, Margret Mary (Metzger). Together they shared 56 blissful years of marriage and had three children: Susanne (James) Wolf, Colleen (James Ziemski) Santora, and Joseph (Nancy VanWhy) Santora. He was best known as Pop-Pop to his 13 grandchildren; Kristin (Daniel) Garibaldi, Nicole Wolf, John (Christa) Mullin, Tara (Matthew) MacNamee, Michelle (Kirk) Armstrong, Dustin Wolf, Samantha Santora, Madison Santora, Shaun Ivey, Joseph Santora, Amelia Santora, Nicole VanWhy and Cortney Delicati; and six great-grandchildren; Reagan Garibaldi, Nevaeh Santora, Liam MacNamee, Brielle Garibaldi, Joseph Garibaldi and Lillian Armstrong.A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Silver Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alex's Lemonade Stand, Foundation for Children's Cancer: 111 Presidential Blvd., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004; Special People in Northeast (SPIN): 10521 Drummond Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19154; Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus: 396 Conklin Ave., Binghamton, NY 13903; and Children's Tumor Foundation (Neurofibromatosis): 120 Wall St., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10005 or at www.ctf.org.