Roxann Santanello

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Roxann “Roxie” Santanello (nee Yocks) of Swansea, IL passed away May 8, 2023, at Mercy Rehab, Swansea, IL.

She was 81, born May 1, 1942, in Belleville, IL. Roxann was the daughter of Clifford and Florence Yocks (nee McDonald).

Mom graduated from Belleville Township where she was a Cheerleader for the Maroons, on Prom Court and a Majorette/Baton Twirler for the Bellettes Drum and Bugle Corps. She was also known as “Foxie Roxie” in her younger years.

Mom was so fun-loving and would help anyone that asked. We will miss her forever!

Roxann started her Career at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as an Executive Secretary. She retired when her division moved to Texas. She then worked for Norton & Bonifield in Belleville, IL and Keefe & DePauli in Fairview Heights, IL.  She was also a member of Union United Methodist Church, Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cliff and Flo Yocks, Brother-In-Law Al Charlton and Sister-In-Law Gina Yocks.

Surviving are her two Children, Terri Dambacher of Swansea, IL and Billy (Valerie) Santanello of Belleville, IL.

Proud Grandmother of: Derek (Melissa) Santanello, Logan (Shelby) Santanello, Ricky (Zoe) Dambacher, Lauren Lambertson, and Nate Lewin.

Great Grandmother of: Alayna and Caleb Santanello, Jaidyn, Madisyn and Paityn Lambertson, and her grand dogs Sparky and Bella.

Roxann was 1 of 9 Children in the Yocks Family. Survived by Sisters: Inez (Bob) Moroni, Jeanette (Curt Agne) Miles, Bernice (Roy) Northcutt, Donna Loeffler, Myrna Charlton, Kim (Rick) Yocks Coates. Brothers: Terry Yocks, Doug (Mary) Yocks,

and many nieces and nephews.

A Family Celebration of her life will be held later.


25 Comments on Roxann Santanello

Lisa Modglin said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2023 at 1:56 PM

I met Roxanne through a mutual acquaintance and then later worked with her in the '90s. I have never met such a sweeter soul. She has a beautiful smile and always had something pleasant to say. Rest in peace Roxy.

  • New Athens
  • IL
Richard Dambacher said : Guest Report Jun 17, 2023 at 4:58 PM

A one-of-a-kind Grandma! Her love and kindness towards me and my friends will be something I take with me for the rest of my years. She supplied endless laughs with her unique experiences and habits. I think the main lesson that I will take from her is how to be resourceful and selfless as she was always thinking of what she could save to give to other people who may need it. I love you Grandma, and I will never forget the honest and playful person that you were.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Terri said : Guest Report May 25, 2023 at 11:42 PM

Roxann is my Mom! I wanted to write more, because there are so many great memories. She was a member of The Women’s Club at Union United Methodist Church. She was very proud of that. She would also volunteer in the office doing filing. Her Niece, Debbie Fietsam is also a member so it was nice to know someone else going into a new Church. She made so many great friends there. Mom worked really hard to keep my Brother Billy and I at Signal Hill Grade School. It was such a great school and I really appreciate all the hard earned money she spent to afford us going there. It was not easy, but she never let us know just how hard it was. She was a single Mom raising 2 small kids and we always seemed to have fun. Didn’t know any difference from the kids who had both parents growing up. I made long lasting friendships at SH and experienced so much more, thanks to my Mom. I wish that I could have seen her childhood, because I have since learned more that she did with her sisters and brothers and the many friends she had. I have also met so many people over the years that knew Mom, and I can see where the nickname Foxie Roxie came from. She had so many admirers and made friends with everyone. Came pretty easy to her. She was so creative and helped so many people. Always doing for others and not herself. I asked her so many times, to think of herself once in a while and she never did. Don’t think she ever regretted that either! She would take dry goods to people that were less fortunate, and so many people appreciated that. She also took cookies or some snack to give to the employees at Dr. appointments. Her Grandsons were very fortunate as well! She watched Ricky from birth until he was old enough to go to school. This was M-W-F and we were also fortunate that on Tues Thurs, his Grandma Dambacher would take care of him. Not only did they give him unconditional love, but they also took care of our dogs, Sparky and Bella. Sure saved us a lot of money! I could write forever, but I just wanted people to know just how wonderful Mom was! We were all so blessed to have her in our lives and I miss her everyday💕 Love you Mom❤️‍🩹

  • Swansea
  • IL said : Guest Report May 20, 2023 at 6:15 AM

Billy and Terri I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a wonderful person You have your memories to cherish and time will heal you both. Knowing your mom she would want you both to smile and go on with your lives holding her close to your hearts!❤️

  • Waterloo
  • Il
Jeanette miles said : Guest Report May 17, 2023 at 10:10 PM

My dear sister Roxie was one of a kind. We had so much fun and we shared everything. She took part of my heart when she left. I will be with you again in paradise . Love jennie

  • Swansea
  • Il
Terry Yocks said : Guest Report May 16, 2023 at 2:48 PM

Roxie was my third oldest sister, one of nine siblings. She was three years older than me and always looked after her younger brother. We had a wonderful childhood playing in our backyard with all the neighborhood kids and Rox was in charge of entertainment. We had penny carnivals, plays, soap box derbies, bike races, camp outs, played cowboys and Indians and countless other adventures thanks to Rox. Everyone adored her. She was beautiful, charismatic, humorous, smart, kind and loving but don’t cross her as she could fight like a banshee. LOL! My sister was very talented. She played the piano, the obo, the clarinet and the trumpet. Everything came easy for her. She was funny and always the life of the party and very popular. I had it very easy in high school being the freshman brother of a senior celebrity. She paved the road for my own success. Roxie was a leader, she lived her life the way she wanted to live and not the way others expected her to live. That is something we should all do. It was very brave of her to cut her own path especially during the boomer generation. She was not a stay-at-home mom with dinner ready at six for hubby. She should have been born to this current generation. By the way, she was a terrible cook!! Roxie, I am going to miss you. You have filled our lives with joy and endless memories. We have such a strong bond that I know this is not the end for us. I’ll find you in the next backyard. Your loving brother, Terry

  • Fairview Heights
  • il
Nancy Ryan Macklin said : Guest Report May 16, 2023 at 8:58 AM

To Terri and Billy and your whole family: I'm the mom of the Koleson Kids--Anne Koleson, David Koleson and Janet Koleson Hubbard. Your mom and I had many pleasant conversations during your years at Signal Hill School. Roxie always had a friendly smile and was happy to spend a few minutes chatting. I have kind thoughts of her, and from Glenview Drive I send best wishes to each of you as you grieve her loss. Nancy Ryan Macklin

  • Belleville
  • IL
Barbara Wittlich Uhrig said : Guest Report May 13, 2023 at 6:56 AM

Dear family. I grew up with most of the wonderful Yocks family living only blocks away and going to Bunsen school. Terry and I remain close friends and I treasure childhood memories of so much fun with Roxie leading us in some wonderful adventure. I remember a play we put on in the Yocks backyard, complete with blankets over clotheslines for curtains!! I always wanted to be like Roxie, so fun and vivacious and popular and cute! So sorry for her struggles. May she be at peace. Barb Uhrig 🙏

  • Illinois
Jennifer (Bonifield) Brunworth said : Guest Report May 12, 2023 at 8:04 PM

Oh my goodness I’m so sorry for your loss. I just loved Roxann! When I would come to the law firm she always had candy at her desk. But my favorite thing was that she would let me make photocopies of my face (making funny faces). Sometimes she would even join me! She was always so fun and patient with these little girls who were totally disrupting her workday. She was nothing but kind! When my dad passed a few years ago, she reached out and sent the most heartfelt note sharing some of her memories and it was great to read. May her memory always be a blessing to your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Liz Bonifield Smith said : Guest Report May 12, 2023 at 7:23 AM

I remember Roxann fondly from my dad’s law firm. She was so kind to my sister and me, and always had some candy at her desk. Deepest condolences.

  • England
Bernice Northcutt said : Guest Report May 12, 2023 at 6:31 AM

To Miss Foxie Roxie, That nickname was so appropriate for you! The Staff at the nursing home started calling you that without even knowing it was your tag from your youthful years! During your worst of times people could see the real you, a wonderful, fun loving person with such kindness & caring for others. In Memory of you, I thought the following is appropriate because I it’s how you’d think. I’M FREE Please do not grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God laid out for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work and play, tasks left undone, must stay that way. I’ve found my peace at the close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys; a friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, oh yes, these things I too will miss. Be burdened not with time of sorrow, I wish you sunshine for each tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much; good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief, lift up your hearts and peace to thee, God wanted me now, He set me free! -Author Unknown- ALWAYS LOVED, NEVER FORGOTTEN, FOREVER MISSED We will all love you forever Rox!! Niecee

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Inez Moroni said : Guest Report May 12, 2023 at 6:26 AM

My Dear Sister Roxie, you’ll be missed more than you could ever know. Your smiling face and kindness will always shine through. I’m so glad I got to see you just before you passed. Much Love, Inez & Bob Moroni.

  • Gilbert
  • Louisiana
Tom Wade said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 10:27 PM

Sorry to hear of her passing we had some good times together but with poor health may she reast in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Linda Wheeler Giese said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 9:38 PM

Roxie was such a nice person and what a doll. We spent our high school years together and had a ball. She was very appreciative and grateful and really loved her kids. Roxie was a genuinely genuine person. She will be missed.

  • Ladera Ranch
  • Ca
Caitlyn Miles said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 9:07 PM

So sorry for this loss, She was a wonderful woman.

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Terri said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 8:01 PM

My Mom was one of a kind! We didn’t always see eye to eye, but what kid agrees 100% with their Mom? I Love You so much and the only consolation I have right now, is that you are definitely in a better place. I am so lucky that you were my Mom for 61 years! So many great memories! I learned so much from you. I just want to tell people to get along and love as much as you can. It can all be gone and you can’t get time back! I Love You❤️‍🩹

  • Swansea
  • IL
Doug and Cynthia Roberson said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 2:51 PM

Billy and Terri, sending love and prayers. We love you guys.

  • Wisner
  • Louisiana
Marilyn Ackerman Brauer said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 12:09 PM

Sorry for your loss. I went all through school with all of the Yocks kids. Inez and I were very good friends. Rest In Peace. - Marilyn Ackerman

  • Belleville
  • IL
Rita Uhl said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 11:51 AM

Dear Niecee, I’m so sorry to see this notice in regards to your sisters passing. I know you sisters were very close. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rita Uhl

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Mona Zingrich said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 10:26 AM

Billy, Terri and family: We are sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Ann Schniers Bauer said : Guest Report May 11, 2023 at 9:00 AM

I have known Roxie since high school when she was a cheerleader and I was a baton majorette for Academy of Notre Dame. She was always such a sweet person. So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to her family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Myrna C. Charlton said : Guest Report May 10, 2023 at 10:43 PM

We're all going to miss you more than words can express! All the love ones that are there already will be so glad to welcome you! There's gonna be a party in Heaven for sure. Music was always a big part of your life. Thinking about all the great concerts we went to at the Mississippi River Festivals! What a blast! All great memories. Never will forget you sister... you were bigger than life and will be missed. Love always & forever.💖🙏🦋🎼🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶💜🌠

  • Belleville
  • IL
Terry Schwarz said : Guest Report May 10, 2023 at 5:55 PM

Yocks family so sorry to hear of Roxie’s passing my thoughts and prays🙏🙏🙏

  • Daytona Beach
  • Florida
Dr. James and Kendra White said : Guest Report May 10, 2023 at 5:37 PM

Your family has our sympathy. Our family was proud to know Roxann for many years. My Dad could tell some stories of the times during her employment with Atty. Norton! She was a very lively and kind person with a smile that lit up the room. May she rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Myrna Charlton said : Guest Report May 10, 2023 at 5:01 PM

Love you more than words can express. You will be with all those there already Give everyone a big hug & kiss to everyone. Love you forever ever & always! To the moon and back. I love you my friend & sister.💖💖🙏💚

  • Belleville
  • IL

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