Rhonda-Santilli-Obituary

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Rhonda J. Santilli

Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

Jun 1, 1971 – May 18, 2020 (Age 48)

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BORN
June 1, 1971
DIED
May 18, 2020
AGE
48
LOCATION
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania

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Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. - Schnecksville Obituary

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: Family and friends may pay their respects from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2020 in the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville. 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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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

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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.

Happy Heavenly Birthday Rhonda .Miss you so so much today . Love to all of Rhondas family .

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...