Rhonda J. Santilli
1971 - 2020
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Rhonda J. (Smith) Santilli, 48, of Schnecksville, died Monday, May, 18, 2020 in her home after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was the wife of Gabriel J. Santilli with whom she celebrated 12 years of marriage this past August 11th. Born in Allentown, June 1, 1971, Rhonda was the daughter of the late Stanley W. and Dorothy S. (Kline) Smith. She graduated from Parkland High School, Class of 1989 and DeSales University, Class of 1993. She continued her education at Saint Joseph's University and received her Master's Degree in Nurse Anesthesia in 2000. Rhonda was employed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist through Anesthesia Specialists of Bethlehem at St. Luke's Sacred Heart Campus for over 20 years. Rhonda was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs. She was a devoted mother of two young boys who she encouraged and supported in all their sports and school activities. Rhonda will be forever remembered as a selfless and compassionate person who changed the lives of many for the better.

Survivors: In addition to her loving husband, Gabriel, sons, Jared V. and Max W. Santilli at home; brothers, Kit L. Smith of Allentown, Mark C. Smith of Schnecksville, Roderick D. Smith (Victoria) of Allentown, sister, Holly M. Olenwine (Terry) of Schnecksville; father and mother- in- law, Joseph N. and Anita (Makovsky) Santilli of Salisbury; brother-in-law, Joseph D. Santilli (Tara) of Palmer Township; nieces and nephews, Cody, Katrina, Marissa, Anthony and Kellen; a large extended family, many friends and her beloved cat, Morris, predeceased by a brother, Collin C. Smith

Service: A memorial service will be announced at a later date. No public calling hours. The Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. in Schnecksville is in charge of arrangements. Online expressions of sympathy may be recorded at www.heintzelmancares.com

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jared V. and Max W. Santilli Education Fund c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.

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Published in Morning Call on May 20, 2020.
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June 27, 2020
Gabe,Bud and I want you to know how sorry we are about the passing of Ronda. Sending our love, thoughts, and prayers to you and your sons Jarad and Max. Love, Donna and Bud Grimshaw
Donna Grimshaw
Friend
June 10, 2020
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Margaret Westbrook
June 5, 2020
I am deeply saddened to learn of Rhonda's passing. I worked with her in the operating room at Sacred Heart Hospital from 2000-2003. She was an extremely caring, professional, articulate and knowledgeable nurse anesthetist who was an absolute pleasure to work with. My sincere and deepest condolences to her family and many friends. May she rest in peace.
Kevin Munnelly M.D.
Coworker
June 1, 2020
Happy Heavenly Birthday Rhonda .Miss you so so much today . Love to all of Rhondas family .
jennifer stanek
Friend
May 27, 2020
Gabe:

My deepest sympathies. I just heard the news today. May the good Lord bless you and your family in this time of sorry, and may you live with the memories of your time together.
Jim Schantz
May 26, 2020
Rhonda was such a beautiful person. Im so grateful I had the opportunity to get to know her over these last few years. She always brought a smile to my face. She will be greatly missed. Gabe, Jared, Max and rest of family- we are so sorry for your loss. Michele, Jay, Sam and Julia Albright.
Michele Albright
Friend
May 26, 2020
Rhonda was such a beautiful person. Im so grateful I had the opportunity to get to know her over these last few years. She always brought a smile to my face. She will be greatly missed. Gabe, Jared, Max and rest of family- we are so sorry for your loss. Michele, Jay, Sam and Julia Albright.
Michele Albright
Friend
May 25, 2020
Gabe, Jared, Max and extended Family,
Losing Rhonda has been so heartbreaking for all of us. She was like a Sister to me. Reading all of the many tributes that people have written about her has humbled me... she was so loved and adored, and for good reason!
Rhonda embodies what we all wish we could be. She was inspiring, loyal, courageous, loving, generous, a great listener and so very smart! She had tireless energy and gave 200% to everything she did including her battle with breast cancer.
Rhonda gave me anesthesia 3 times in a span of 2 months and I trusted her implicitly with my life. Because of her I literally wasnt afraid! I cant say that about too many people. I will never forget how she cared for me at a scarey time.
She is in a better place.... I will miss her terribly as will all of you. There will never be another like our Rhonda!! I love you Rhonda. Deb G
Deborah Giancaterino
Friend
May 25, 2020
TOUGH words - broken hearts - loving memories. Being the youngest cousin, it appeared to me Rhonda was SHOWERED at all times by her loving parents and older siblings.....And boy did she ever LEARN from the best!!!!! My Aunt Dorothy, Uncle Stanley, cousins KitLee, Mark, Roderick, and Holly could not get enough of you it seemed. Im sure it was tough to lose Colin at such a young age, but perhaps it was to make sure there was room for you Rhonda!!!!! I will miss your expertise IMMENSELY as it was YOU who got me thru Georges truly tricky medical episodes to date. Having another angel watching over us will be helpful BUT my heart is aching and I now will have to research - on my own - all the medicaleze. I truly pray I will remain a big part of the cheerleading team for Jared and Max and for as much support as Gabe allows me! I enjoy being a part.... family reunions/parties will never be the same. Special hugs to your parents and mine!!!! I remain forever.... your Cousin.....
Victoria Lee (Vicki Smith) Stevens
Victoria Stevens
Friend
May 24, 2020
What do you do when such a radiating light goes out? Without any brightness, its impossible to see whats ahead. Youre tempted to turn back, scared of the darkness, unable to see the path to come. To keep moving forward, we must all gather with our dimmed lights and together, we will illuminate the way.

Rhonda was the brightest light Ive ever met. She was a shining example of how to be a mother, friend, wife, and family member.

Rhonda, I will miss you always and will remember the wonderful times we had together and the conversations we had. Thank you for being more than a cousin - you were a great friend, always there to give advice. You were the most thoughtful, kind, and caring person. I aspire to be more like you.. as in life, you continue to be a guiding light. Please keep shining down on us from heaven and Ill keep looking out for those hearts. ❤
Trisha Makovsky
Family
May 24, 2020
Dear Rhondas family,
I had the honor of working with her at SL Anderson. Rhonda seemed to be surrounded by a glowing light that transferred to her eyes. She always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by the staff. God bless you as you travel through the process. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Bonnie Budura, CRNA
Bonita Budura
Coworker
May 24, 2020
Rhonda touched my life in many ways. As a coworker she was someone I looked up to for her compassion and dedication to her profession. As a person, she showed me what bravery was and as a friend she let me into her heart where I felt so lucky to be. I could never express how sorry I am to her family and to Gabe and Jared and Max. We were all lucky to be touched by her and I know she will live on in our wonderful memories of her. I love you always❤
Donna Korpacz
Friend
May 23, 2020
Rhonda- from the moment I met you I felt we have been friends for a lifetime. You were so smart, kind and always made everyone feel special. You had a great sense of humor. You were brave, a wonderful wife and mother. You were a caring nurse, so bright and so sharp. You are the definition of a fighter. You were a loyal friend. You were my family. Ive was so blessed God put you in my life. I promise to honor what we discussed. And I love you and miss you terribly.
Gabe, Jared and Max ...Im so so sorry and my thoughts and prayers are with you through all this. We love you all.
Michelle Todd John Meltsch
Family
May 23, 2020
Jared,
I am very sorry about your loss. If you need anything just reach out anytime if you want to wrestle or play baseball.
Jarett Graham
Jarett Graham
Friend
May 22, 2020
The GodMother <br />
These two so much love
Victoria Smith
May 22, 2020
I knew Rhonda when she worked at Osteopathic and again at Sacred Heart. Rhonda was so sweet and kind. As a nurse, she was dedicated to her craft. It breaks my heart to of her passing. She will be sorely missed.
Linda Scott
Coworker
May 22, 2020
I love you forever. I will do my best.
Xo
Cody
Family
May 22, 2020
Wishing PEACE and COMFORT to Gabe, Jared, Max, Anita, Joe and Rhonda's family. I am here for you.
Mike E
Friend
May 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy to her family. I worked with Rhonda for a pretty long time as the Anesthesia coder. She was always friendly and pleasant to be around. You could tell she had a big heart. I will miss seeing her when I come to Sacred Heart. She will be missed by many people she touched.
Sharon Lutzko
Friend
May 22, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss, our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Wayne and Anna Eichelberger
May 22, 2020
My heart is broken for all of you. I find peace in the time that I got to spend with her watching Jared wrestle and communicating with one another. Know that we will always be here to support your family and that she will be watching as all of her boys make her proud.
Brandi McFarland
Teacher
May 22, 2020
Seeing this is truly heartbreaking- Rhonda was one of the most amazing people I ever had the pleasure of being able to work with, and she always had a way to make everyone near her feel special. My sympathies to her family. You will always have a precious angel guiding you.
Kelly Prussock
Coworker
May 21, 2020
Rhonda was a breath of fresh air, a kind compassionate woman whose smile lit up a room. Such an amazing soul. Heaven has gained another angel
Tara Zemlansky
Coworker
May 21, 2020
Where to begin! Meeting you when you were 13....you shined so bright always! Your smile infectious! Your love for everyone in your life with undoubtedly live on in Jared & Max! Your mission on Earth is completed .... God needed you. We will find with lil signs everywhere! You loved our Cody like he was your own that's a bond few people have! Gabe, her memories will live with you forever!
Fly High my Angel, until we meet again!
All my love forever
Vicki
Family
May 21, 2020
Keep on dancing up there with the angels, Rhonda. All my love to Gabe, Jared, and Max. Here for you always. ❤
Lyndsey Makovsky
Family
May 21, 2020
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Judy Lerch
May 21, 2020
Gabe, I've always considered you a dear friend and Brother. I never had the pleasure of meeting Rhonda, but after reading the words written by everyone here it's obvious she was a wonderful woman. You have mine and my families prayers and deepest sympathies. YITB
Mark Campbell
Friend
May 21, 2020
Dear Gabe and Family,
No words can describe how sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful wife and loving mother to Jared and Max. She holds a special place in my heart. Every time I saw her she was so sweet and loving to me. She will be sorely missed by me and everyone that knew her. Someone so special can never be forgotten. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. With our love and Heartfelt Sympathy, Margie and Al Engler
May 21, 2020
Our sincerest condolences, prayers & thoughts to the family! I met Rhonda thru my lifelong friend, Holly Olenwine (her sister). I have fond memories of talking with her at a family picnic, Holly's shower & family portrait I did for all of them. May you rest in peace, Rhonda & your family will hold memories of you in their hearts forever until they meet you again. God Bless, Lisa Shomgard-Watchorn, Steve Watchorn & Natalie Fair.
Lisa Watchorn
Friend
May 21, 2020
My heart hurts to hear about Rhonda passing. I'll always remember her as a sweet and kind person. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Chris Hertzog
Classmate
May 20, 2020
Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality. The world is forever bettered for your presence in it. We love you always, Rhonda ❤
Zachary Makovsky
Family
May 20, 2020
I was a classmate of your mom and wife in 1987-89. She was the nicest person in school. She was a genius in school and especially great at math. I remember looking at her test scores in calculus and she never made a mistake! She was also super cool with the times. Jeans jacket and cool looks always. I only hope that she is at peace now and you hold her close in your heart. Once I got to know her, her most endearing trait was her good heart. Sincere condolences to you, her family.
Dave Moore
Classmate
May 20, 2020
My condolences to Gabe, Jared, and Max. I will miss sweet Rhonda SO MUCH. Such a kind hearted woman with nothing but love for her family and others. Rhonda you were so cherished by my mom, thank you for always being such a good friend to her. I will miss your Thursday morning breakfast dates at Morgans. Now for every Phillies game you will have the best seat in the house. Love you and may be at peace. Xo
Meghan Macenka
May 20, 2020
My deepest condolences to Gabe, Jared, Max and your entire family. I remember meeting Rhonda a little over 12 years ago, when she said, finally, another female in the department! Her smile could light up a room and her wit could leave you in stitches. She touched so many lives, mine included. Rhonda was a true friend. I know shes in heaven watching over Gabe, Jared, and Max, smiling with pride and overwhelming love. I love you, Rhonda.
Danielle Monahon
Friend
May 20, 2020
Rhonda had the kindest heart and happiest smile. Even through her toughest times, she tried to keep that beautiful smile on her face. I will miss all our talks about our kids and how boys are definitely one of a kind! My deepest sympathy to Gabe and her sons Jared & Max, may she remain in your hearts forever. Rest In Peace Rhonda, you will be greatly missed.
Lisa Siegfried
Friend
May 20, 2020
Mr. Santilli, Jared and Max. Please accept my condolences. Your loss is heartbreaking. I'm sorry.
Joanne Marshaleck
Teacher
May 20, 2020
Gone too soon, that is all I could process when I heard this sad news. I loved working with Rhonda at Sacred Heart. She had the sweetest personality, always looking out for the patients in her care. Prayers for strength and courage to her family at this most difficult time.
Mary Kaminski
Coworker
May 20, 2020
Thank you for the many years of friendship that we shared. When I first met you, working with you at Sacred Heart, we hit it off, many things in common. Your heart was so big, as well as your personality kind, sweet, and loving. Your love for your husband, and your boys endless. I will never forget you my dear friend. May you Rest In Peace. Love you Rhonda
Janet Macenka
Friend
May 20, 2020
Jared,
I am very sorry to hear this sad news. Your mom will be smiling down on you when we play flag football again. From your friend, Andy Alulis
Erin (Fallon) Alulis
May 20, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Gabe, Jared and Max as well as The Olenwine Family and all of Rhonda's friends and family. Rhonda was a very kind and compassionate person who loved her family dearly. She always put her boys first and encouraged them in all they did. We pray that she is at peace and watching over her family and helping them during this very difficult time. Gabe, Max and Jared, you are in our hearts, our prayers and thoughts. We are so sorry for your loss.
Amy & Tom Sandholm
Friend
May 20, 2020
Condolences and Prayers for the family. A friend of Union UCC of Neffs.
Sharon Hader
May 20, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Rhonda was such a sweet and caring woman. May you find peace with your fond memories of her and find comfort through God, family, and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

With Heartfelt Sympathy,
Sharon Braker

Sharon Braker
May 20, 2020
A Friend, fellow Phillie fan, co-worker. Rhonda smiled through her pains and fought on never losing Faith. Our hearts ache so, but she is now pain free. Rhonda had a smile & that look, that just warmed your heart. A compassionate loving & devoted person, especially for Gabe, Jared & Max. She will be forever in our hearts and watching over you. And maybe she'll get to be an Angel in the Outfield for the Phillies! God Bless, Our Love & Prayers.
Janet Hartzell
Friend
May 20, 2020
Rhonda was an amazing and caring best friend since kindergarten. My deepest sympathies and prayers to her entire family. There are not enough words to express how much she will be missed. She will always be loved and remembered. Heaven definitely gained an angel.
Kris Yessen
Friend
May 20, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Rhondas passing. Together we conquered our four years at Allentown College! She was a dear and loyal friend to me and I reflect back on memories of times we shared often. My heartfelt sympathies to her family.
Michele Landis
Friend
May 20, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful friend, mother, and wife. Gabe, Jared, Max, Santilli and Smith Family. So very sorry to hear of Rhonda passing. May all the wonderful memories comfort you all at this time of sorrow. She was an angel living amongst us. Till we meet again my friend. Gabe you and your family will be in our prayers.
Tracy Lisicky
Friend
May 20, 2020
I cannot even find the words to say how heartbroken I am over the passing of my cousin Rhonda. She was the kindest person with a sweet spirit, much like her mother, my Aunt Dottie, who was as close to an angel as it got. I will miss our Panera lunches. Rhondas family was the most important thing to her. Her sons Jared an Max, the core of her heart. She was a beacon of light with a kind smile, the best of our entire family. To Gabe an her boys no words r enough to express our sympathies. She now resides with Collin an her parents. May they all rest in Gods care till we meet again. Love Janice, Conrad an Brian
Janice& Conrad Abelovsky
Family
May 20, 2020
Sincere heartfelt condolences. We are so very sorry to hear of this. Rhonda was a large part of Scott's life in their younger years, and his heart goes out to all of Rhonda's family. Prayers for her husband and especially her 2 boys, Jared and Max. Your mom will always be looking over you with love, guidance and pride.
Scott Dunstan
Friend
May 20, 2020
Sincere heartfelt condolences. We are so very sorry to hear of this. Rhonda was a large part of Scott's life in their younger years, and his heart goes out to all of Rhonda's family. Prayers for her husband and especially her 2 boys, Jared and Max. Your mom will always be looking over you with love, guidance and pride.
Scott & Stacey Dunstan
Friend
May 20, 2020
Rhonda was such a loving and caring person. She always had a warm smile for everyone she met. Heaven gained an angel but we lost a great wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and coworker. She will truly be missed. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Renee Kershner
Coworker
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