Manuel (Bobe) Santayana, 85, of Luzerne passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at home with his wife.
He was born in Plymouth, son of Manuel Santayana and Stella Muraski. He lived his childhood years in Chase, as a son of a farmer and coalminer. He then served in World War II as a Navy seaman first class in the South Pacific.
After an honorable discharge, he raised his brothers and sisters, and became a truck driver at Leslie Fay for 44 years retired as a union teamster. He was a great father, husband and light hearted, inspirational figure of the extended family.
He raised three boys, Manuel (Manny) Santayana, Mark Santayana, Kurt Santayana, and was a grandfather to Eric , Morgan, Amy and Chase Santayana. His daughters-in-law are Sheryl Leitz Santayana and Susan Stravinsky Santayana. His surviving sisters are Bernadine Gieda and Rosalie DeRocco. He was married 60 years to Yolanda Castellani Santayana. He was a board member of the Swoyersville American Legion, Post 644, where he enjoyed every day being with his friends and fellow veterans. He was an avid outdoorsman and life member of the Slocum Rod and Gun Club, Forkston, where he loved hunting and especially fishing with his network of friends throughout his entire life. He was also a member of the Paradise Social Club, Swoyersville, where he freely offered his personal advise and then would especially enjoy his afternoon coffee breaks with Michael and Susan Garrahan, who he also considered his family.
The friends and family payed their respects at Lehman Gregory Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Parish, Bennett Street, Luzerne, with a following lunch at the American Legion, Post 644, Swoyersville.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2013