Rolando (Chino) Santisteban (1954 - 2017)

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Funeral services Rolando "Chino" Santisteban, 63, were conducted by Pastor Keith Menter and Pastor Paul Reynolds on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church. Inurnment will be in the Elk Horn Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. The casket bearers were Antonio Santisteban, Orlando Hero, Peter Santisteban, Andres Torres, Nickolas Hughes, Jack Ploen, Jared Ploen, and James Ploen.
Rolando "Chino" Santisteban, Jr., the second son of five children of Rolando, Sr. and Dolores (Valdez) Santisteban, was born Jan. 14, 1954, at the Tampa Municipal Hospital in Tampa, Fla., and died peacefully in his loving home surrounded by his family on March 31, 2017, at the age of 63 years, 2 months, and 17 days.
Rolando was baptized on March 31, 2013 at the Elk Horn Baptist Church in Elk Horn. Rolando attended West Tampa Junior High School, and later earned his GED. Rolando had to quit school to help support his family by working at a Cuban Bakery in Tampa, Fla., for several years. He then started working construction pouring concrete to build bridges.
Rolando met the love of his life in Florida and moved to Iowa where on Sept. 17, 1988, he was united in marriage to Annette Hansen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Later they renewed their vows on Sept. 17, 2016, at the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn. They were blessed with three children Anna Elisa, Maria Antoinette, and Antonio Dominick. Rolando continued working construction for many years until he was forced to retire due to his failing health.
Rolando was a member of the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in Elk Horn. Among his many delights in life were all types of sports, the Miami Dolphins, dancing, music, years of working hard in concrete construction building bridges, and best of all food, Spanish food, Danish food, Italian food, seafood, sweets and more food!! Rolando loved life, laughter, family and friends. His signature gift of joy shown through his constant smiling, laughter, and joking around will never be forgotten. Rolando's strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and supporters carried him through his warrior fight against cancer.
Rolando was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Annette Santisteban of Elk Horn, his children Anna Santisteban of Avoca, Maria and husband Nick Hughes and their children Jiya and Brodin all of Elk Horn, and Antonio Santisteban and financée Kaylee Jensen both of Exira; his brothers and sister Orlando and wife Susie Hero of Virginia Beach, Va., Peter and wife Debbie Santisteban of Russellville, Ky., Desiree Herandez of Tampa, Fla., and Andres and wife Heather Torres of Rogers, Ark.; his sisters-in-law Judy and husband Jack Ploen of Walnut, and Donna Mae Hansen of Elk Horn; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
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Kessler's Exira Funeral Home
234 W South St
Exira, IA 50076
(712) 268-2662
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Apr. 14 to Apr. 21, 2017