Rinaldo Santarelli

Obituary of Rinaldo Santarelli

Rinaldo Peter Santarelli, 95, of Jessup passed away unexpectedly at his home surrounded by his loving family on July 1, 2018.


He and his wife, Carmel Angerson Santarelli, celebrated their wedding anniversary on February 6th, having been soulmates for more than 67 years.  She was the true love of his life and he was hers.  The pair had a love like no other.  Rinaldo recently told his son, Ron, "Your mother is worth a million dollars.  There isn't another woman like her."


Born and raised in Jessup, Rinaldo was the son of the late Alfonso and Maria Larioni Santarelli.  He was a graduate of Jessup High School and attended carpentry, cabinetry and upholstery trade schools.   He was a member of the Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup. Throughout his lifetime his closest friends nick named him as Brass Bugs and Rinny and Three pounds.  


He was a World War II Army infantry frontline soldier serving in Italy under Generals Patton and Kendall, with the 88th Infantry Division, "Fighting Blue Devils Clover Leaf", as a Bazooka operator, during his service in Italy, Rinaldo was missing in action, behind enemy lines for ten days.  He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion in Jessup and a lifetime member of the Carpenter's Union Local 261. Rinaldo was a master carpenter, working for HRI Engineering company, (Herbert R. Imbt).  He constructed many of the local bridge foundations in our area.especially on I-81.  Being the lead foreman for the projects, often times engineering would consult him for his input on various tasks. Due to his outstanding work and attention to detail, a supervisor once told him, "Rinaldo, you are a legend in your own time. " He was also employed with Fruin Colon company while working at Proctor and Gamble as their lead carpenter and lay out foreman for the foundations framework.  As a full-time carpenter, he was able to always find time to help his nieces, nephews, friends and anyone in need of help.  The word "NO" was never in his vocabulary.  


Rinaldo was an avid hunter, having started the sport at a very young age and continuing through this past December.  He amazingly was still able to climb his 10-foot tree stand at the age of 90.  He was the last founding member of the Buckhorn Rod and Gun Club.  While Rinaldo was a very talented hunter, he was also known for his Italian delicacies, including lonza, porketta, soppressata, prosciutto and dried sausage.  Rinaldo's most joy and zest for life were his wife, Carmel, their beloved children, Ron, Debbie, Beverly and his treasured grandchildren, Lauren, Kendra, Michael, and Kyle. Rinaldo thought his grandchildren were his greatest gifts in life. He was a very kind-hearted and giving father and grandfather, who made everyday seem like it was Christmas.   He was thankful for the full and blessed life the Lord had given him.  


Surviving are his children, Ron Santarelli and late wife Barbara, Step children William Spryn, Jessup and Tamara Grunza, Scranton, Deborah Bonda and husband, Ken, Archbald, children Kyle, Maryland and Kendra, Jessup,  Beverly Carnevale and husband Michael, Jessup; children Lauren Carnevale, Florida, Michael Carnevale and wife Meghan, Peckville.  He is survived by his sister, Vera Nardelli, Jessup, several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Barbara Santarelli; sisters Josephine Augostini and Eva Ross and brothers Victor, Anthony, Albert, Frank, Alfonso and infant brother Peter.  


The family would like to extend a special thank you to Doctors Patrick Conaboy, Thomas Roe, Samia Bouleghlem all of whom took exceptional care of Rinaldo,  Jessup Police Department- 1st on the scene, Jessup Ambulance and Paramedics who worked relentlessly trying to revive him.


Friends may call Thursday, July 5th, 4:00 - 8:00 pm, at Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, Church Street, Jessup.   Christian Mass will be held Friday, July 6, 2018, 10:00 at Queen of Angels Church, First Avenue, Jessup.  Followed by a Military Ceremony.


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