Mrs. Gilda A. Santillo, 86, of Ellwood City passed away on the evening of Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospice in the Heritage Valley Medical Center.
Mrs. Santillo was born on May 7, 1927 in Ellwood City to the late Carmine R. and Elvira Rotolo Cistolo. Gilda is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1945 and the Holy Redeemer Parish. She had worked as a seamstress at the Ellwood City Knitting Mill for twenty five years. She also worked for Jean Spencer’s Catoring Service for many years. Gilda enjoyed cooking , baking, and being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also well known for her beautiful wedding cakes and her delicious wedding cookies.
Mrs. Santillo is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita (Robert) Hammerschmidt of Bristow, Virginia, Patricia Anne (Clifford) Horter Jr. of Beaver, her son and daughter-in-law, Raymond L. (Cathy) Santillo of Ellwood City, her four grandchildren, Robert Hammerschmidt, Mark Hammerschmidt, Jason Horter, Jean Horter, and her six great grandchildren, Chloe Horter, Aidon McKeel, Zach McKeel, Zoey McKeel, Miranda Horter, and Madison Horter. She is also survived by her brother, Fred Cistolo of New Castle, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louis R. Santillo whom she married on June 22, 1946 and passed away on December 30, 1990, her two sisters, Eleanor Cistolo in infancy, & Lucy McClurg, and her three brothers, Felix in infancy, Albert Cistolo, and Felix Cistolo.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1-3 and 5-7 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc..
A Blessing Service will be held on Thursday following the visitation at 7:00 pm with Father Joseph Dascenzo officiating. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Santillo’s name may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation.
The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at http://www.teolisfuneralhome.com/