Santiago "Fons" Emilio FONSECA

February 26, 1949January 12, 2021

Santiago “Fons” Fonseca – 71, of Ooltewah, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday – January 12, 2021. He was born on February 26, 1949 in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States when he was 20 years old. Fons retired from the US Army where he served as a CW3 and worked as an Imagery Analyst. He was a member of several car clubs including the BMW Club and the Cobra Club. Fons loved photography and was an avid woodworker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Ana Fonseca and his brother, Raul Fonseca. Survivors include his loving wife, Debbie Fonseca, of Ooltewah, TN, and his daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Brendan Mahoney, of Manhattan, NY. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to an Animal Rescue of one’s choice. Please share your thoughts and memories online at Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021


Santiago "Fons" Emilio FONSECA

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Caesar Brewington

April 30, 2021

I will miss you My Friend. I will never forget your Bubbly Personality, the Big Smile and all the Pranks. I'll catch up with you later "BLEED"

Gloria Moral

February 17, 2021

Recordado Yori, descansa en Paz, tengo gratos recuerdos tuyos de la época escolar, vuela alto, muy alto

Steve Newman

February 11, 2021

Santiago and Family-
I am so sorry to hear about Santiago's passing. He was a friend and work companion. Santiago was my interpreter and field colleague on trips to S. America. I have very fond memories of our time together both working and free time. He was very funny and a warm caring man. I will keep him in my heart.
My sympathy to all of you on Santiago's passing.

Steve Newman

Mark Karaska

February 9, 2021

Santiago, I'm going to miss you. We had great fun in Lima and on our field excursions.

Carlo Petris

January 24, 2021

Yori, que puedo decir, solo la gran pena de enterarme de esta terrible noticia.
Recuerdo haberte enviado un par de mensajes luego de la foto que me enviaste de un cerco y me extrañaba que no me respondías.
Aunque no nos veíamos mucho, siempre te considere un gran amigo.
RIP muy friend.

Anita Jimenez

January 23, 2021

Dejar Yori:
MY dear friend from high school, you will be remember in MY hearth always.
You were the best friend for everybody

Pam & Joe Langford

January 22, 2021

Santiago was a wonderful neighbor and friend! He will be dearly missed and the world just got a little bit darker with his passing. We will be praying for Debbie and his daughter.
Joe, Pam & Boys - Langford

Ruben Silva

January 20, 2021

Thank you for your honest and sincere friendship and for the unforgettable memories we shared. Till we meet again.
God bless you

Bill Sterchi

January 19, 2021

Even though we didn't know each other for very long, my wife, Marilyn, and I send our deepest sympathies and pray for strength at this difficult time.

Robin Greenwood

January 17, 2021

Santiago, we can't believe you are gone. You still live on at Elmira's. Your name is all over the place and your spirit is in the hearts of all the animals and volunteers. Run with the tigers, my friend. Enjoy your reunion with Casper and give Elmira a hug for me.