PETER R. SANTAMARIA – of Woburn, August 20th. Beloved husband of Irene (Hawley) Marcus Santamaria and of the late Evelyn M. (Egan) Santamaria. Devoted father of Laurie Langone and her husband Michael of Burlington, Peter M. Santamaria of Woburn, and stepfather of Kim Roschewski of York, ME, Stephen Marcus of Pelham, NH, and the late William “Buzzy” Marcus. Doting grandfather of Michele and Allison Langone and stepgrandchildren Bill, Jennifer, April, and Ali Roschewski, Bella and Hunter Marcus. Dear brother of Mary Russo and Lena Dilibero, both of Watertown, and the late Carmelo, Joseph, Angelo, and Albert Santamaria. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, August 26th, at 8:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Peter’s memory to VNA Hospice Care,(formerly Hospice Care, Inc.) 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA 01801.
Peter R. Santamaria, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away late Wednesday evening at the Hearthstone Alzheimer’s Care at Choate in Woburn. The beloved husband of Irene (Hawley) Marcus Santamaria and the late Evelyn (Egan) Santamaria, he was seventy-eight years of age. Born in Belmont, Peter was one of seven children born to the late Guiseppe and Flavia (Previte) Santamaria. A talented athlete throughout his school years, Peter was a member of the Belmont High School Baseball Team and a graduate with the Class of 1949. In 1952, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country honorably during the Korean War. In the years following, he remained active with his fellow Korean War Veterans and also returned to Korea for a visit. He loved to travel, especially on cruise ships, and visited several destinations including the Hawaiian Islands. His warm and outgoing personality rewarded him with so many wonderful friends throughout the years. Wherever Peter went — even once on a trip to Jerusalem — he ran into someone he knew. He was so well known that he was jokingly given the moniker, “The Mayor”.
In 1959, Peter established residency in Woburn where he and his wife Evelyn (Egan) Santamaria raised their two children, Laurie and Peter. Evelyn sadly passed away in 1995. His love for life and his willingness to give of himself gifted him a second marriage in October of 2000, to Irene (Hawley) Marcus. Peter was always very devoted to his family and actively involved with his children, grandchildren, stepchildren and stepgrandchildren. He enjoyed many wonderful times with his family at the beach, and was a devoted attendee to his children’s sporting events and grandchildren’s soccer games, track meets, and swim practices. He had a great number of friends in the local area, and enjoyed attending BC football games with them, visiting Fort Myers for spring training, traveling to the Kentucky Derby, and golfing at a number of local courses. Peter was a man of great integrity and trustworthiness who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was an usher for many years at St. Charles Church and was actively involved in the parish. He served on the Board of Directors for the Woburn Friends of Hospice, a volunteer organization that raised funds for VNA Hospice Care, an organization that was very near and dear to his heart. Early in his professional career, Peter worked as a technician for a number of different companies while attending night classes at Northeastern University where he earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Industrial Technology and Mechanical Engineering. During the 1970’s. he was hired by GTE in Needham and finished his career at their Westboro facility. He was a Special Systems Program Manager responsible for contracts involving the US Government. He also worked at EG&G, RCA, AS&E, and General Dynamics.
In addition to his wife, Evelyn M. (Egan) Santamaria, Peter was predeceased by his brothers Carmello, Joseph, Angelo, and Albert Santamaria and his stepson, William “Buzzy” Marcus.
He is lovingly survived by his wife, Irene (Hawley) Marcus Santamaria, his children, Laurie Langone and her husband Michael of Burlington and Peter M. Santamaria of Woburn, his stepchildren, Kim Roschewski and her husband Bill of York, ME , Stephen Marcus of Pelham, NH, his grandchildren Michele and Allison Langone and stepgrandchildren Bill, Jennifer, April, and Ali Roschewski, Bella and Hunter Marcus, his sisters, Mary Russo and Lena DiLibero, both of Watertown, and many loving nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and their children. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, on Tuesday, August 26th, at 8:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Peter’s memory to VNA Hospice Care (formerly Hospice Care, Inc.) 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA 01801, or The Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472