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38001 Euclid Ave
Willoughby, OH 44094
Phone: (440) 942-0700
Fax: (440) 942-4823
John Santa

John R "Jack" Santa

Tuesday, December 14th, 1926 - Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
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Funeral Mass for John R. "Jack" Santa, 92.945 years old (pushing 93), of Euclid, will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 19951 Lake Shore Blvd. Euclid, OH 44119.
Mr. Santa passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.
Born Dec. 14, 1926, in Cleveland, he was proud of his Hungarian heritage and raised in the Buckeye Road area of Cleveland.
Jack was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of Holy Cross Church for more than 50 years, which is now Our Lady of the Lake Church in Euclid. Jack was a huge fan of the Cleveland Indians, was a voracious reader, enjoyed gardening and was very proud of his garden. With his broad smile, he delighted in giving away his vegetables to family and friends. As an entrepreneur in sales, Jack enjoyed meeting and talking to people. More than anything else, Jack loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jack was the loving father of Kevin J. (Gail) Santa, John R. “Jack” (Paula) Santa Jr., Nancy E. (Robert) Schieman, Catherine A. (Kevin) Lynch and Noel H. (Steven) Santa Ziembicki; cherished grandfather of Sean (Leslie) Santa, Ryan Santa, Thomas Santa, Caroline (T.J.) Gainley, Ian Thomas Lynch, Lisa Santa, Brendan Lynch, Meghan Schieman, Kevin Schieman and Mary Schieman; and great-grandfather of Micah Santa, Clare Gainley, Adam Santa, and soon-to-be “Baby Girl” Gainley. He also leaves many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Catherine Angela (nee Talty) Santa; son, Thomas P. Santa; parents, John and Marie (nee Pastor) Santa; and siblings, Laverne “Toots” (Jack) Thompson, Jane (Carl) Medina, and Charles (Lynne) Santa.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at The Abbey of Willoughby, 38011 Euclid Ave. (located on the grounds of McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home), in Willoughby. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s name in memory of Fr. Thomas Santa, may be made to St. Benedict’s Abbey, 1020 N. 2nd St., Atchison, KS 66002.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    The Abbey of Willoughby
    38011 Euclid Avenue
    WILLOUGHBY, OH 44094
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Our Lady of the Lake
    175 E. 200th Street
    EUCLID, OH 44132
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  • Interment

    All Souls Cemetery
    10366 Chardon Road
    Chardon Township, OH 44024
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With love and sympathy, your nieces and nephews - Monica, Micheal, Matthew, Tera, Steph, Katie, Charlotte, Anthony and Andrew
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Our sincerest condolences on behalf of the entire Toth family. Jack Santa was an absolute gem of a man. He will be missed dearly! God bless him .
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Lucy Sexton

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I will not ever forget the day I met my new cousins in law from Cleveland, we had just buried my grandma and the last thing in my mind was to meet anyone new, however Angela and Jack was just what I needed that day, their kindness and love was sent to me from God, to once again remind me how beautiful life can be. As I called him from that day on “Uncle Jack” was always a delightful person to have around, I will not ever forget his stories and all the love he always gave me! I will love him and remember him for eternity!


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