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Obituary for Edward X. Santopadre
Edward X. Santopadre, born April 18, 1923, died peacefully on Monday, June 8. He was 92. He lived a long and satisfying life as the patriarch of a loving family. Edward was born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY to Mary and Rocco Santopadre. At age 17, he enlisted in the US Navy to serve his county in WWII. He served as navy gunner until his plane was shot down over Indochina. He spent several months as a prisoner of war, before escaping on foot as the war ended. While attending Drake University in Des Moine, IA, he met JoReen, who would become his wife of 65 years. After returning to Poughkeepsie as a skilled watchmaker and jeweler, he and JoReen raised three children. In 1977, the family relocated to Vacaville, where Ed continued his jewelry business and became an avid Bulldog fan. He presided over a happy, growing family. Edward is survived by his wife, JoReen; his sister, Lilian Cefarelli; his children, Sharon Cammisa (Joe Orr), Thomas Santopadre (Irena Charris) and Edward Santopadre (Cathy Santopadre); his grandchildren, Christopher Santopadre (Heather Santopadre), Meredith Schaff (Jeff Schaff), Johnathon Santopadre (Cory Santopadre), and Elizabeth Santopadre; and his great grandchildren, Emmeline Santopadre, Caden Santopadre, Jackson Santopadre, Jacob Schaff and Hailey Santopadre born on June 8, the day he passed away. The Lord gives as he takes away. Service will be held at McCune Chapel, 212 Main St., in Vacaville, at 2 p.m., on Friday June 12. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. 135 Parkinson Plaza, State Island, NY 10305.