Brenda Santanello

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Brenda Santanello, nee Williams, 80, of Belleville, IL, born December 18, 1941, in Hickstown, IL, died Sunday, October 30, 2022, at her residence, surrounded by family.

Mrs. Santanello started her career in 1965 and retired from Sherwood Medical Industries in 1999. She was an extremely hard worker who began working as a secretary, and who ended her career as an international credit manager. Her family and friends from her hometown of Golconda, located in Southern Illinois, were extremely precious to her. She had a close group of friends from Pope County Community High School who called themselves “The 10.”

Brenda and her husband, Dick, enjoyed golf trips with friends. She also loved trips to the beach! She was an avid sports enthusiast who bowled for 21 years with the A Mirring Florist Bowling Team at Panorama. After their bowling years, the team started a golf league. During Brenda’s golfing years, she was able to make two holes-in-one! One of these was shared with her grandson during a round of golf. Brenda enjoyed a good margarita here and there, and got lucky more than once on the slot machines.

She adored her grandchildren and loved watching them play sports. They also enjoyed movies and pizza on babysitting nights. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt who will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 49 years, Richard “Dick” Santanello, whom she married on July 3, 1971, and who died on April 19, 2020; a grandson, Andrew Clarke Hall; her parents, Alma, nee Schutt, and William Elliston; her father, Harry Williams; a very special aunt, Wanda Robinson; a sister, Barbara Irace; a brother, Herschel “Bud” Williams; and two brothers-in-law, William “Bill” Santanello and Jay Erwin.

Surviving are two daughters, Nancy (Robert) Hall, and Cara (Todd) Berta; five grandchildren, Christian (Bridget) Hall, Chloe Hall, Thad Richard Berta, Addison Berta, and Grace Berta; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Rita) Santanello and Joe (Barb) Santanello; three sisters-in-law, Vickie Santanello, Cathy Santanello, and Bonnie Santanello; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Andrew Clarke Hall Memorial Fund, or to her grandchildren’s schools; St. Louis University High, St. Joseph Academy, or St. Raphael the Archangel School. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Chapel of the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Chapel of the Benedictine Living Community at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL, with Michael Inyart officiating.

Burial will be at a later date.



16 Comments on Brenda Santanello

Nan Kammann-Judd said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 11:00 AM

What a lovely person Brenda was in life: vivacious, so positive, kind, generous, hard working, loyal and fun. It was a gift to have known her earlier in life, to spend time with her and Dick, and to reconnect by a few phone calls last summer. She made a difference in so many lives. There is never enough time with those we love.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
wayne layman said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2022 at 5:48 PM

Gerry and family sorry to read of your sisters passing, saw in the paper this morning. May she rest in peace, in our prayers Wayne and Marilyn

  • fairview heights
  • illinois
Janet Holtzsher said : Guest Report Nov 06, 2022 at 6:50 AM

Nancy, I am your Aunt Joyce's old, old, friend. I just want you to know how sorry I an for your loss. I know the last few months have been very difficult. I pray God will be with you, and comfort you.

  • Findlay
  • Ohio
Kathy Wilson said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2022 at 2:48 PM

To all the family: I was so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. I bowled with Brenda for many years; golf later and a few casino trips. To Dick and family my thoughts to you all.

  • Pana
  • Illinois
Chet F Breitwieser said : Guest Report Nov 05, 2022 at 8:47 AM

Dear Cathy, Holding you and your family close in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lindsey Griffith said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2022 at 5:01 PM

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing, Nan and Cara. What a lovely obituary for a lovely women. She was much loved, especially by her daughters. Keeping you both in my thoughts.

  • Woburn
  • MA
Mike Buente said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2022 at 1:02 PM

It was an honor to know both Dick and Brenda — they were treasured friends of my parents and our entire family…. I remember Brenda for her boundless energy, always positive outlook, and her amazing generosity. On behalf of the Buente family I’d like to extend a “tip of the hat” and say a big thank you to both Dick and Brenda for their friendship to our family over so many years. You are in our thoughts and will always be in our hearts ♥️

  • Jupiter
  • Florida
Pat Williams said : Guest Report Nov 04, 2022 at 12:26 PM

Nancy, Cara and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am sorry I will not be at the funeral, but will be thinking of you all. Remembering so many special times with Brenda. Sending my love to everyone.

  • Belton
  • Tx
Kevin McCarkel said : Guest Report Nov 03, 2022 at 8:37 AM

Nancy and Cara and families, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mother. Being a part of Team Brenda is one of the greatest honors of my life! She passed with so much grace and dignity and I became very attached to her in such a short time. I consider myself very fortunate to meet her and both of you! Unfortunately I already had plans for this Saturday, so I cannot attend the services. So here is a big virtual Kevin hug to both of you! ❤️

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Patti Law said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2022 at 7:10 PM

Was blessed to take care of Brenda’s hair for many years. Loved hearing all her stories of when she traveled . Her greatest pleasure in her life was definitely her family.! She was strong and amazing woman!!!

  • Belleville
  • IL
jeanette miles said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2022 at 6:18 PM

please accept my sincere condolences. I always looked forward to seeing Brenda and had fun conversations. I'm sure she will be missed by her family and friends. rest in peace

  • Swansea
  • IL
Judy Valerius James said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2022 at 7:26 PM

Nancy, Cara, and families; so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. I'm so glad for the memories we made during our days at Sherwood.

  • Okawville
  • Illinois
Janet Krause Baechle said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2022 at 9:28 AM

I am sorry to hear of Brenda’s passing. I knew Dick and Bob from grade school. Father God, be with Brenda’s family as they mourn her passing. Wrap Your Arms around them and give them Your strength and grace.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jordan said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2022 at 7:54 AM

Love you granny! Been blessed to have called you my granny! We have a bond that nobody can break! I love u Granny ❣️ see you on the other side ☺️

  • Lebanon
  • Missouri
Debbie Tempia said : Guest Report Oct 31, 2022 at 10:36 PM

I was very honored and felt very privileged to have cared for Brenda in her last days. I heard wonderful stories from the family about her life. She truly was an incredible and wonderful person. I am so so sorry for the loss in your family! My heart goes out to you all.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Chuck and Ellen Jordan said : Guest Report Oct 31, 2022 at 2:33 PM

So very sorry for your loss. Love and Prayers

  • Lebanon
  • Missouri

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