Frank Santini

Obituary of Frank J Santini

Frank (Chick) J. Santini, 95, of Trenton, entered into God’s care on April 20, 2020 at Virtua Willingboro Hospital in Willingboro, NJ. Born in the Chambersburg section of Trenton to Italian immigrant parents, Umberto and Nicolina (Guidici) Santini, he was a lifelong area resident. The oldest of three brothers, he was predeceased by Tulio and Leonard Santini. He was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Frank is survived by his wife of 66 years, Frances (Garofalo) Santini and their two children, Frank Santini and his wife Marie (Fares) and Alberta Santini-Rietzen and her husband John. Frank was best known as Pop-Pop Chick to his six grandchildren, Katherine Colella and her husband Rob, Elizabeth Santini, Joseph Santini, John Rietzen III, Brielle Rietzen, and Christina Rietzen and, last but not least, the sparkle of everyone’s eye, great-granddaughter Nicolina Colella. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. His family will treasure and continue the traditional Italian celebrations of Christmas Eve’s Seven Fishes and Easter’s cheese bread. We will always remember how his cheeks glowed like Santa Claus as he drank the red boxed wine. Frank was employed as a machinist for over 40 years with Mercer Paper Tube Corp. in Trenton. During his employment, he was a proud member of United Paperworkers International Union AFL-CIO Local No. 1287 acting in various positions. As a union delegate, he was at his best during union contract negotiations. On the weekends, you could visit with Fran and Frank as they manned the coat check room at Roman Hall Restaurant. Frank was a lifelong devout parishioner of St Joachim Church-Our Lady of the Angels Parish where he was a Holy Name usher for many years and was active in numerous church functions. He was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Trenton Council 355, serving as an officer for many years and volunteering countless hours for various charity events. As a Life Member of the Roman Society, Frank served as a trustee and enjoyed playing bocce with the members. Due to the COVID-19 virus and gathering restrictions, a Mass of Christian burial and memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to D’Errico Funeral Chapel, 30 Yardville Allentown Road, Hamilton, NJ, located in the Buklad Merlino facility. During this difficult time, we invite family and friends to express condolences or other words of comfort on our website at www.derricofuneralhome.com.
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