Richard Santanello

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Richard “Dick” Santanello, 78, of Belleville, IL, born May 27, 1941, in East St. Louis, IL, died Sunday, April 19, 2020, at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Santanello graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. He was a life-long Illini fan. He retired from Scott Air Force Base after more than 20 years in civil service. Dick served in the U.S. Army National Guard.

“Bones” was a part-owner and had worked side by side with his family at Santanello’s Restaurant. He was an avid horse racing enthusiast and even co-owned thoroughbreds for a few years. He enjoyed playing golf and many sports, but was happiest in his later years, watching his grandchildren play and just spending time with family.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Clarke Hall; his parents, Dr. William M. and Pauline K., nee Schlau, Santanello; and a brother, Bill Santanello.

Surviving are his wife of almost 49 years, Brenda, nee Williams, Santanello, whom he married on July 3, 1971;
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, Bob (Rita) Santanello, and Joe (Barb) Santanello;
two sisters, Vickie (Jay Erwin) Santanello, and Cathy Santanello;
a sister-in-law, Bonnie Santanello;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Andrew Clarke Hall Memorial Fund or to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  Private family services will be held Thursday, April 23, 2020 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

 

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46 Comments on Richard Santanello

Carolyn Bertrand said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2020 at 10:47 AM

Brenda and Family, My deepest sympathy to you. I enjoyed working with Dick at SAFB in Domestic Airlift for several years. He was a joy to know. Carolyn Bertrand

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Denise Hayden-Jacoby said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2020 at 11:51 AM

Dear Brenda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Many good times playing cards and having dinners with Dick and you Brenda. May he rest in peace and sending you love and hugs.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Chet Breitwieser said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 5:04 PM

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

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jim & Zee Starr said : Guest Report Apr 26, 2020 at 2:10 PM

Brenda & Family, You have outmost sympathy for your loss. We truly lost a good one.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Walt & Dinah Parker said : Guest Report Apr 25, 2020 at 12:26 PM

Please except our condolences and deepest sympathy. He will be missed.

  • Fort Myers
  • Florida
Bonnie Klemme said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2020 at 9:50 AM

Brenda and family - Dick was a kind and gentle man - a huge Illini fan and according to my Mom - had a GOOD appetite! Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to you and your family!

  • Germantown
  • TN
Suzanne Mudd-Yarber said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 10:42 PM

Brenda and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was a wonderful man. I enjoyed working with him at SAFB.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Cliff said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 8:40 PM

Played softball with Bones and against him in Flag Football. Good competitor. My sympathy to all of the family.

  • Overland Park
  • Kansas
Ben Urban said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 4:19 PM

To the Santanello Family, I was quite sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I am sorry for your loss. Dick was a great guy to work next to at Fairmount Park. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • collinsville
  • il
Naidine Sanderlin said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 1:05 PM

Brenda, you are on my mind today and I am praying for you and your family. When Ed passed away it just didn't seem real to me. It took awhile for me to accept the fact that he was really gibe, Hang in there and I'll see you soon. Naidine S.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jim Reppell said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 11:11 AM

Brenda, Cara & entire Santanello family - I am so sorry to hear of Dick passing! He was loved by all! Always pleasant to be around and treated everyone with respect. He is definitely going to have some good card games with brother Bill up there!

  • Edwardsville
  • Il.
Bill Schaltenbrand said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 10:36 AM

Brenda and Family, I was so sad to read about Dick's passing. Our friendship goes way back. May God bless you and your family.

  • Millstadt
  • Illinois
Mead & Gailyn Dowling said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 9:48 AM

Our condolences to Brenda and the entire Santanello Family, Dick was always a gentleman. It was always a big joke at the track, "How many Santanello's work here, if they have a family re-union we wont have enough clerks to work the window". Truly a loss for your family, the track, and all that knew him. God Bless, and may perpetual light shine upon him!

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Jack Redman said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 8:11 AM

Dick was a great friend & coworker. My condolences to all the Santanello's. You are a great family. Bless you all.

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Mary Pasbrig said : Guest Report Apr 23, 2020 at 4:34 AM

My sincerest condolences Brenda. I know it's been a struggle for you. Peace and comfort to you and your family. Sending Love and virtual hugs.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Tricia Graf said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 9:13 PM

Nancy, Brenda, Cara, I’m sorry you lost your dad,/husband. You did a great job on the write up- obituary. I learned so much about this man you adored. Tricia

  • Centennial
  • CO
Korey said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 6:55 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Maplewood
  • Mo
Mike & Carol Geluck said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 5:31 PM

Joe - We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Barb at this time.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Lindsey said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 5:29 PM

Sorry for your loss, Nan. Thinking of you and your family.

  • Woburn
  • MA
Lucy Hitsman said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 3:34 PM

Brenda & family, I’m sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. With sympathy, Lucy (Worked @ SAFB with him)

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Kathy Wilson said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 1:29 PM

Brenda, Nancy and Cara: I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. My sympathies to you and the rest of the Santanello family.

  • Pana
  • --IL
Jeanette miles said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 11:51 AM

Deeply saddened to read the paper and learn Dick passed away. He was always warm and pleasant to be around. Brenda you and all the Santanello's have my sincere condolences. Jeanette and Yocks brother and sisters.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Bob and Lois Bolzing said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 11:43 AM

Joe and Barb, so sorry to hear about Joe's brother's death. While we can't give our condolences in person, we will certainly pray for your family for peace and strength in this dark time. May he rest in God's loving arms.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
Chuck & Donna Hill said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 11:33 AM

We were saddened to hear about “Bones” passing away. Please accept our sincere sympathy to the entire family. 🙏🏻🇺🇸

  • O’Fallon
  • IL
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 10:50 AM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Jere A Gainey said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 10:22 AM

Brenda, i was saddened to read about Dick this morning. He was a great guy and friend. I will always remember our race track outings and our Friday lunches when our office went out together. Memories. Jere

  • Belleville
  • IL
KATHY TIEDEMANN said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 10:04 AM

TO THE ENTIRE SANTANELLO FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF DICK. HE IS NOW SPENDING TIME WITH BILL. ALWAYS KEEP YOU MEMORIES ALIVE!!

  • BELLEVILLE
  • IL
Bob Simpson said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 9:49 AM

I worked with Dick at Scott AFB he was a great friend sorry for the loss. My condolences to Brenda and the family. May God bless all of you

  • Smithton
  • Il
Charles Hamilton said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 8:39 AM

To the entire extended Santanello family: I offer my sincere condolences for the loss of Dick, whom I knew to be a great family man and my good friend. May he rest in peace!

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Bob and Elaine Schlau said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 8:09 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was such a good man, loved and respected. Our sympathy to Brenda and family, and our Santanello cousins. We are with you in spirit and prayers.

  • Centralia
  • IL
Jacky & Elana Payne said : Guest Report Apr 22, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Nancy & family, We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. The stories of our lives are written moment by moment ~ in how we’ve loved, in the day to day things we’ve shared, & the many ways we’ve touched each other’s hearts. May all that you shared bring you peace & comfort in this time of sadness.

  • Lebanon
  • MO
Rick Coates said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 10:32 PM

Dick was a really nice guy and always a pleasure to be around. My deepest sympathy to the Santanello family. Rick Coates

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Doug and Cheryl said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 8:51 PM

Nancy so sorry for your dad, praying for comfort and knowledge that he is in a beautiful place, for your family

  • Manchester
  • Missouri
Tammy Bunch Roberts said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 6:06 PM

Sad to hear about this He was a great neighbor and friend My thoughts and prayers for his family and all who knew and loved him May he R.I.P

  • Belleville
  • IL
John and Linda Darr said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 5:27 PM

So sorry for your loss. Prayers are being said for the family for comfort during the grief of this time. May our great Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit provide you comfort.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Betty Guess said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 4:50 PM

Prayers for Brenda, Nancy, Cara and family. God bless and keep you during this time. Love you, Betty (Schutr) Guess

  • Newburgh
  • IN
Steve Wolf said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 4:32 PM

Bob and Joe, So sorry to learn of the loss of your brother. My sincerest condolences.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Vickie Santanello said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 4:02 PM

Bill and Dick are now playing cards together by "The Book of Santanello" rules.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Siebert said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM

Gary and I are sad to hear of Dicks Passing. He was a good neighbor and friend. Deepest sympathy to the entire family.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jennifer said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 2:33 PM

Brenda, Nancy and Family - I'm so sorry to learn of Dick's passing. Sending you all love, hugs and prayers.

  • Middletown
  • Delaware
Terri Dambacher said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 2:21 PM

Hard to believe but we are all older now! I know you are in a great place! Love you Aunt Brenda, Cara and Nancy! Terri and Ricky

  • Swansea
  • Il
Patty Beaird said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 2:16 PM

Deepest condolences for your loss.

  • Boston
  • MA
Cheryl L Thorp said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 2:05 PM

So very sorry for your loss, Nancy. You're in my prayers. Cheryl

  • Wood River
  • IL
Dick and Melaina Tiller said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 2:03 PM

So very sorry to learn of your father’s passing. Praying for comfort for you at this difficult time.

  • Olathe
  • KS
Steve and Teresa Stewart said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 11:56 AM

Nancy, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. We were not acquainted, but being a history major myself, and with Teresa's Love of horses, we would have had a lot of common interests.

  • Lebanon
  • Mo
Vic & Sybl Slaughter said : Guest Report Apr 21, 2020 at 11:33 AM

So sorry to hear about your loss. Hope your mother is doing well. We send you & Bob our love, thoughts, and prayers at this difficult time. Vic & Sybl

  • Olathe
  • Kansas

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