John J. Santorelli, age 90, a lifelong resident of Brewster, died Sunday, November 25, 2012, at his home in Brewster.
John was born October 18, 1922, in Brewster to the late Ralph and Levia (Mortola) Santorelli. He was graduated from Brewster High School in 1942. John served on the LST 327 in the US Coast Guard during WW II, and received the Purple Heart while serving his country.
John married Lena (Lee) Zerbato on September 22, 1946, in Mahopac. He was a general foreman for Metro-North Railroad in Brewster for 30 years before retiring in 1985.
He was also a member of the V.F.W. Post 672 in Brewster, the D.A.V. Chapter 137 in Peekskill and the National LST Association.
In addition to his loving wife, John is survived by his son and daughter-inlaw, Richard J. and Ronnie Santorelli of Warren, Ct.; his 3 grandchildren Rebecca, Matthew and Rachel ; his brother Joseph of Sidney, N.Y.; his nephew John Pelaccio, niece Linda Vivian, and numerous other nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his brothers Anthony and Ralph.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church, Brewster with interment following at St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery, Brewster. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam Inc. 540 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591 or www.vnahv.org/ donation