Olga M Dal Santo

May 30, 1925October 4, 2021

Little Italy announces the death of Matriarch Olga Mary (Vaccari) Dal Santo. October 4, 2021 marks the end of an era in Little Italy. Almost forty years to the day since the passing of the last founder of Little Italy in 1981, the only surviving child of any of Little Italy’s founding families passed away at age 96. Her death marks the close of the first generation of children born in Little Italy to its founders. Olga was born in Little Italy, Arkansas, May 30, 1925 as the youngest of five children born to Ambrogio and Angela Vaccari. Olga married Italian immigrant John Dal Santo in October 1942. They were married 76 years before his death in March 2019; she is survived by her daughters Santina Ghidotti-Hogue (Ron), Alice Ostie (John), four grandchildren, Nicole Rhinehart (Geoff), John Ostie III (April), Jason Ghidotti (Natalie) and Jana Harral (Chris) and 11 greatgrandchildren, Mary, Nicholas, John IV, Evan, Logan, Nathan, Corinne, Rosie, Ben, Max, Giovanni. Olga was a lifelong member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Little Italy and was the chairperson of many of Little Italy’s annual Italian Festivals hosted by the church. A fantastic cook, she also cooked the spaghetti sauce for the meal well into her 70s. Olga was a steadfast supporter of Little Italy and in 2015 she served as the representative who delivered the articles of municipal incorporation for Little Italy to the Pulaski County Clerk for certification. Throughout the years, Olga provided countless interviews for the purpose of historical research on the topic of her youth and life in Little Italy. She was present at the opening of the Little Italy Heritage Museum in 2019; the accompanying picture shows her proudly standing in front of the portrait of her parents on the exhibit of Little Italy’s founders.

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Jim and Jane Dickson

October 15, 2021

Wallace and Lorraine Simon (my mother) were good friends of Olga and John. They enjoyed each others' company as well as many activities.
John and Olga were two of the nicest people you could ever meet.
I remember when my mother passed away. The funeral home forgot to bring a key to open her casket for viewing.
My sister said mother is in lock down .
John went and got his tools and opened the casket.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Jim and Jane Dickson

Bob Franklin

October 13, 2021

Sandi, I thought the world of your mother. She was so sweet and an absolute pleasure to be around. John and Ms. Olga would always sit with us at the annual LRFD reunion and tell my wife and I about Little Italy history. Prayers of love and compassion for all the family. I know they will meet all at the gates of haven, smiling with a great story to tell! God Bless. Bob & Bunny Franklin

Jim & Marsha Mahan

October 12, 2021

Olga was a wonderful woman and our condolences to her daughters and family. With sympathy, Jim and Marsha Mahan

Dee Eanes

October 9, 2021

For the past twenty years, we have enjoyed admiring & hearing about John & Olga Vaccari Dal Santo through Kristy, our sweet daughter-in-law. For interesting and fun reads: “The Story of Dal Santo” in the Sept. 2015 issue of Arkansas Life by Nicholas Hunt and the “Little Italy” book by Chris Dorer.

Our sincere sympathy to Olga’s family, extended relatives & friends, Dee & David