Edward Santoriello, 82, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, with his wife and children at his bedside. He had battled cancer for a little over a year.
He is survived by his loving wife, Luciana Carmela Santoriello of Chatham, his son, David Santoriello of Summit, and his daughters, Isa Johansen (wife of Alex) of Madison and Marianne Hofheinz (wife of Michael) of Chatham.
He enjoyed watching his seven grandchildren (Nicholas, Thomas, William, Mary, Clare, Grace, and Stephen) grow up and they loved to spend time with him.
Edward loved his brothers and sisters, those still with us (Lou, George, Peter, Annie, Mary, and Rosie) and those he has now joined (Jimmy, Albert, and Richie, and Lucy and Antoinette), as well as his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Edward loved his wife’s family, including her brothers Carmine and his now deceased wife, Antoinetta, and Bob and his wife Mary.
Edward was blessed with more than 40 loving nieces and nephews.
Born in Newark, Edward raised his family in Hillside, NJ, in his dream house: an old white Colonial with a beautiful backyard and fishpond.
A Certified Oriental Rug Appraiser, Edward was an expert on Oriental rugs. He worked at B. Shehadi & Sons for more than 30 years before finishing his career at Cove Carpet in Summit, NJ.
Edward was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and a faith-filled parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham.
After completing a training program designed by Rutgers University, Edward served as a Master Tree Steward in the community. In this role, he worked to ensure the proper care of trees and taught school children about the many benefits of trees.
Ed will be remembered for his lifetime of kind deeds, his ready smile, and his love for living.