Irene Johanna Santarelli

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Nov. 12, 2012

Irene Johanna Santarelli, age 90, formerly of Wyoming. passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at Mercy Center, Dallas.

Born in Kingston, Oct. 22, 1922, Irene was the daughter of the late John J. and Tekla Vedjiunas Sauciunas.

Irene was a graduate of Edwardsville High School, Class of 1939; Bucknell Junior College, now Wilkes University, Class of 1941; and Thomas Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, as a Medical Technologist, where she served as Head of the Serology Department. Irene later worked at the former Nanticoke State Hospital until her marriage to Sesto P. Santarelli, Feb. 5, 1949.

She was a voracious reader, loved to travel and especially loved chocolate. Irene was a member of the Wyoming Rotary's Rotary Anns, former member of the Wyoming Seminary Upper School Mother's Club and member of the former St. Mary's Annunciation Church, Kingston.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, was her husband, Sesto "Kiki" P. Santarelli, who died Nov. 16, 1997.

Surviving are son, Philip Santarelli, Philadelphia; daughter, Sylvia Kropp, Shavertown; grandchildren, Giania Karapelou, Esquire and husband, Demetri Karapelou, Esquire, Media, Pa.; Paul Santarelli, Seattle, Wash.; Alexis Kwon and husband, Young Nam, Dallas; Madeline Kropp, Media, Pa.; Caroline Kropp, who is a student at Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Sabrina Karapelou; brother, John A. Sauciunas; daughter-in-law, Marilyn Santarelli; son-in-law, Jack Kropp; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at 10 a.m. in St. Monica's Parish in the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, 363 West 8th Street, West Wyoming . Interment will be in the Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming. Friends may call Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.

Irene's family wishes to thank the staff of Mercy Center and Sacred Heart Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sesto and Irene Santarelli Scholarship Fund C/O Wyoming Seminary Development Office, 201 N. Sprague Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704.

Published in Times Leader on Nov. 13, 2012