Rosario Santos

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Rosario Benedicta Santos, nee Felarca, 85, of Belleville, IL, born October 8, 1935, in Olongapo Hospital, Zambales, Philippines, passed away May 11, 2021, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, MO.

Rose graduated from Grade School and High School from the College of the Holy Spirit in Manila, Philippines. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics majoring in Food and Nutrition from the University of the Philippines and her Master of Science Degree in Food Nutrition and Institution Administration from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Ok. She was a member of the University of the Philippines Student Catholic Action, Sigma Delta Phi Sorority, and the University of the Philippines Choir.

She completed her Dietetic Internship at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana. She served as Clinical Dietitian at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut, and New York Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Rose served as Director of Dietetic Internship and Food Service Director at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Center in Quezon City, Philippines. She served as the Head Dietitian at St. Elizabeth’s in Belleville, IL, and as a Nutritionist at St. Clair County Health Department where she retired in 2001.

Rose enjoyed her retirement traveling with her husband in Europe and Asia and cruises to Alaska, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, and the Panama Canal.

Rose was an active member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Belleville, IL, having served as Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister and past coordinator of the Parish Prayer Chain Email Group. She was a member of the St. Henry Social Justice and Peace Committee and the St. Henry Ladies Club.

Rose was a professed member of St. Peter Fraternity Secular Franciscan Order in Belleville, IL since 2005 where she served as Treasurer, Council Member, and Librarian and managed the Fraternity Prayer Chain Email Group. She was a faithful and regular Adorer at the Eucharistic Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Belleville where she served as Hourly and Afternoon Division Coordinator.

Rose volunteered at the Program and Services for Older Persons at Southwestern Illinois College and at the Shelter Shop in Belleville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Irineo Sr. and Ines, nee Viloria, Felarca; six brothers, Vicente Felarca, Guillermo Felarca, Manuel Felarca, Wilfredo Felarca, Purificador Felarca and Irineo Felarca Jr; a sister, Caridad Rabuco; two sisters-in-law, Ofelia de la Cruz-Felarca and Editha Saavedra Piñga Felarca; and a brother-in-law, Benjamin Rabuco Jr.

Surviving are her beloved husband, Antonio Gonzales Santos, whom she married on September 29, 1968, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Quezon City, Philippines; three children, Maria (Troy) Kilbreath of Chesterfield, MO, Antonio (Candice Fornero) Santos of Belleville, IL, and Michelle (Ronald Jr) Hardin of St. Louis, MO; five grandchildren, Justin, Austin and Allie Kilbreath, and Isaac and Ines Santos; a sister, Esperanza (Hector) Arkoncel;  three sisters-in-law, Erlinda Espanola Felarca, Evelyn Lacuna Felarca, and Arlyn Marchan Felarca; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins in the United States and Philippines.

The family would like to thank the countless staff at Barnes Jewish Hospital Stroke Center in St. Louis, MO, Brooking Park in Chesterfield, MO and Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, MO, for their medical care, compassion, love, and support for our family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in the form of Masses or donations at St. Henry Catholic Church in Belleville, IL, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 17, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL with Reverend Kenneth J. York officiating.

Interment will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


13 Comments on Rosario Santos

Rebecca said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2021 at 1:30 PM

Michelle I am truly sorry for yours and your families loss. I just found out, my love and prayers. Your mom was a wonderful lady.

  • Nevada
  • MO
Carolyn said : Guest Report May 31, 2021 at 10:37 AM

I met Rose many years ago through the WIC program, when she worked for the St. Clair County Health Department. She was very professional in teaching parents good nutrition for their children. I was one of those parents. Our paths crossed also at the CATHEDRAL. And later I had asked her to look into the Secular Franciscans of whom I belonged. She then became an active member. Lately we reconnected as I searched for friends during the Covid. I was so happy she was fine and very happy. She encouraged me so much before and during my Deep Brain Stimulation for my Parkinson’s.She was so hopeful and joyful and gave me courage to go ahead. What a wonderful friend ! I feel blessed to have known her.

  • Belleville
  • I’ll
Chuck Prange said : Guest Report May 18, 2021 at 10:02 PM

Maria (Nonna) my heart goes out to you and your family. I remember your mom from our cathedral days. I know this has been hard for you. I experience this myself over the course of 9 years. It’s not easy. I pray for comfort. ❤️

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Amy Whiteman Sherrill said : Guest Report May 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Tony, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. Losing a mom is so hard. Please let me know if there's any way we can be of service--Amy and the PD-PI group at Printpack

  • Atlanta
  • Georgia
cosne and linda cagas said : Guest Report May 17, 2021 at 12:37 PM

Rose was a lady-- sweet, gentle and refined. We will miss her. Condolences ton Tony and famil. RIP, Rose!

  • FVH
  • IL
Ama Montano Saddam said : Guest Report May 17, 2021 at 10:42 AM

Prayers for the loss of Rose. We were sorority sisters and classmates at UP. Will offer Mass in her memory

  • Columbus
  • Ohio
Elcee Conner said : Guest Report May 16, 2021 at 8:20 PM

Deep Sympathy to Tony Sr, Michelle, Nonna and Tony Jr. Rose was a sweet, gentle soul. She will be missed greatly by her friends. May she Rest In Peace

  • Fairview Heights
  • illinois
Michelle Hill Johnson said : Guest Report May 15, 2021 at 10:27 PM

Michelle and family- what a beautiful life your mom lived. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Richard, Jenifer & Paige webb said : Guest Report May 15, 2021 at 7:38 PM

Our deepest condolences to your family. She was a wonderful lady. All of you are in our prayers.

  • Oronogo
  • MO
Jose K & Norma Villegas said : Guest Report May 15, 2021 at 11:31 AM

Our prayers & heartfelt sympathies to our dear Tony & family

  • Las Vegas
  • NV
Sharon Wilder said : Guest Report May 15, 2021 at 10:40 AM

Maria we will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers. In reading about your mom’s life it is clear she had a beautiful journey. Your family was lucky to have such a wonderful role model. With sympathy and sending love — The Wilder family.

  • Florissant
  • Missouri
Terry Lee said : Guest Report May 15, 2021 at 10:27 AM

My deepest condolences on your loss. She had a great life and will be extremely missed.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Vicki R Parks said : Guest Report May 15, 2021 at 10:10 AM

May your soul Rest In Peace cousin Nita!

  • Lincoln
  • California

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