Frances Santini

Obituary of Frances Santini

Frances Santini, 96, of Trenton, entered into God’s loving care on May 12, 2020, at CareOne at Evesham in Evesham Township, NJ. Born in the Chambersburg section of Trenton to Italian immigrant parents, Salvatore and Angelina (DeFrancesco) Garofalo, she was a lifelong area resident and a devout parishioner of St. Joachim Church-Our Lady of the Angels Parish. Frances is recently predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Frank J. Santini. Frances was predeceased by her brothers and sister, Florence Cicchino, Josephine Garofalo, Anthony Garofalo, Angelina Garofalo and Pasquale Garofalo. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son Frank Santini and his wife Marie (Fares) and her daughter Alberta Santini-Rietzen and her husband John. Frances was best known as Grammy to her six grandchildren: Katherine Colella and her husband Rob, Elizabeth Santini, Joseph Santini, John Rietzen lll, Brielle Rietzen and Christina Rietzen and her great-granddaughter Nicolina Colella, lovingly called her Gigi. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Veronica Garofalo and many loving nieces and nephews. Frances was employed for many years as a seamstress for various local clothing manufacturers and retired from Wags Manufacturing Co. in Trenton. During the Vietnam War, her skills were transformed from sewing women’s garments to outfitting the soldiers. Her sewing talents were evident in beautiful outfits she would sew for her daughter, even lending her hand to create Alberta’s stunning wedding gown. Coming from humble beginnings, she was a wiz at creating gourmet meals from whatever was on hand in the cupboard for unexpected guests. Somehow everyone knew to show up at 5:30. An avid baker, no holiday was complete without cookies, cakes and pies from Frances’ kitchen. She taught her girls the traditional family recipes, but you had to be quick to jot them down, for nothing was written, all were from memory. We cherish the seven fishes, cheese bread and Christmas cookie recipes that she prepared with her family and hope to pass these traditions on through the generations. Frances loved to travel, play cards with her friends and visit the casinos. Her greatest accomplishment was teaching the grandchildren her strategy of hitting the big one on the poker slot machine. Due to the COVID-19 virus and gathering restriction, 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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