Peter R. Santamaria

August 20, 2008

Peter R. Santamaria
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

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.

OBITUARY:

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

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  1. Laurie, Mike and girls
    So sorry to hear about the loss of a special person in your lives……..Our Prayers are with you.
    Love
    Mike, Ellen and Michael Szetela

  2. We were deeply saddened to hear the news, of Peter’s passing. We knew him to be a warm hearted, kind natured man, full of life and gifted with a great sense of humor. He fit right in, with the Marcus/Roschewski clans and will be sorely missed. Please accept our most sincere condolences, during this time of loss.

    Jennifer & Walter
    (Roschewski)&(Garcia)

  3. Pete was a wonderful man who was always very kind to our family and a good friend to my father, Rob and his wife, Sherry. I am very sorry for your loss.

  4. Mario Boccabella
    Irene, Laurie, Peter, Mary, Lena
    I weep as I write this note as I envision Pietro’s beautiful joie de vivre. I have never known a person who loved to be part of life as much as he. He touched many people’s lives and he will always be remembered.

  5. We were sorry to hear about Peter. He was our neighbor and a great friend. We will miss him.

    The Monteiro Family
    Elaine Mc Kenney

  6. Laurie, Mike, Michele and Allison,
    We are so sad to hear about the loss of your dad/grandfather. He was always to kind to everyone he met. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
    Love,
    The Brine Family

  7. Irene, Laurie, Peter and family,
    It is with great sadness that I send my sympathy to all of you. I hope that your many fond memories will be a source of comfort to all of you.

    Peter was one of the first people I met here in Woburn. I would often see him about town, getting lunch at Marco’s, going into the local bank or chatting with someone downtown. Each time I would see him, he would greet me with a big smile and a hug. One of my favorite memories was him dancing around the table at my wedding, even with his sore back, he wore a huge smile. He loved his family and spoke so highly of all of you. He truly was a wonderful man.
    Peter, thanks for being the warm and caring man you are. I am so grateful to have known you. Rest in eternal peace.

    Sincerely,
    Laura and the Lauria Family

  8. I AM DOT VOCINO WIDOW OF ANTHONY VOCINO. TONY AND PETER WERE FRIENDS AT GTE. TONY ALSO TALKED WITH HIM MANY TIMES AFTER THEY RETIRED.

    I ALSO KNOW MARIE WHO WAS OUR NEIGHBOR ON OLIVER STREET IN SOMERVILLE.

    I’M SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR LOSS.

  9. I was so very sorry to learn of Pete’s passing. He added a lot of fun and joy to working at GTE. I’ll never forget him.

    Karen Squier

  10. I SHARE YOUR LOSS OF A WONDERFUL COUSIN OF MINE,AND WHO THRU ALL HIS LIFE HELPED AND LIGHTENED PEOPLES BURDENS WITH HIS GENEROSIY AND WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR.
    I WILL MISS HIM AND I PRAY FOR ALL OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO HE LEFT BEHING. GOD REST HIS SOUL.
    FRED MARUCA

  11. Laurie, Peter, Mary, Donna, Joanne & Lena and the entire Santamaria family….my heart is breaking for you all. I have known ‘Uncle Pete’ most of my own life and have many happy memories spent with him and Eve also. He will be surely missed…
    Love
    Cindy

  12. To all Uncle Pete’s family, I’m so very sad for your loss but we can all be thankful for the wonderful years of great memories.
    My love to all,
    Gay Santamaria

  13. To all of you I extend one huge hug and my prayers. Your father, father in law and grandfather was a special man. I sure hope that up in heaven someone else will be able to mess his hair as I am sure he will bring sunshine to all of them.

    Love to you all

  14. Pete,Laurie & Mike and Girls,

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. God certainly works in mysterious ways and gave all of you a great and happy visit. Keep those memories alive and he will always be with you.
    He always had a genuine smile and a love for family. He was proud of all of you.
    Our prayers are with you.

    Love Chris and Barbara and family
    Chesapeake,Va.

  15. Rob Wellins and Sherry Rolley

    I worked with Peter for many years at GTE. Peter was a wonderful person with a great zest for life. He truly loved his family and could always be counted on to help when asked. He will be sorely missed.

  16. Truly sorry for your loss.
    Peter and I shared many laughs together at Sylvania/GTE/GD and was a person I honestly enjoyed being with Peter as a friend and co-worker. Sorry to hear of his passing and the difficulties he experienced in his last few years.
    Ted Vrountas

  17. You may remember me from Marco’s . I Knew Peter for many years and I can honestly say I’m am proud to have known such a wonderful man. He put a smile on my face every time I saw him, that is how he will be remembered by many,many people. I am sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Lee Faria

  18. Laurie

    Sorry to ear about your loss.
    My deepest sympathy goes to you and your family.

    Your friends
    Lucia & Jorge Gomes

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