Anna Santilli, beloved housewife, passed away on September 29, 2023, in Prescott, Arizona. She was born on October 8, 1930, in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Anna's passing is mourned by her loving family and friends.
Anna led a remarkable life, filled with cherished memories and remarkable accomplishments. During World War II, she proudly served as a "Rosie the Riveter," working in factories to support the war effort while the men were away. Anna's dedication and hard work during those challenging times exemplify her commitment to her country and community.
Anna will be remembered for many things, but perhaps most fondly for her kind persona and her ability to recall stories of times gone by. She possessed a wealth of knowledge and had an incredible talent for bringing history to life through her vivid recollections.
Loved by all who had the pleasure of meeting her, Anna had an infectious smile that would light up any room. Her sky-blue eyes seemed to hold the wisdom of a lifetime. Throughout her life, Anna touched the hearts of many with her warmth and genuine love for others.
In addition to being a devoted wife to Paul Santilli for 56 years, Anna was also a proud mother to three children: Denise Santilli, Ben Santilli and his wife Karen, and Nick Santilli and his wife Marie. Family was paramount to Anna's happiness, and she savored every moment spent with her five grandchildren: Rick Blackburn and his wife Lillian, Nicole Veteto, Paul Santilli and his wife Mahrissa, Kimberly Sapko and her husband Joseph, as well as late Michael Santilli.
Anna's culinary skills were legendary among family and friends. Her Italian dishes were known far and wide for their deliciousness. She took great joy in preparing meals that brought people together—food truly was a language of love for Anna.
Her proudest accomplishment was her unwavering perseverance in living a long and healthy life. Anna had an undeniable zest for life and faced every challenge with grace and determination. She taught those around her the importance of resilience and holding onto joy amidst adversity.
Anna is survived by her nine great-grandchildren: Hailey Sapko, Hudson Sapko, Sophia Veteto, Kayla Santilli, Jaxson Sapko, Bennett Sapko, twins Kody and Kruz Santilli, and Charlotte Sapko. These little ones brought immense joy to Anna's life, and she treasured the time spent with each of them.
In 1974, Anna and Paul relocated to Southern California, embarking on a new chapter filled with sunshine and adventure. While she may have left this world physically, Anna's spirit lives on in the hearts of all those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Anna Santilli has left an indelible mark on this world through her love, kindness, and unforgettable memories. She will forever be missed but will continue to inspire us all to live fully and embrace life's precious moments. Rest in peace, dear Anna.