September 27, 1927 – January 2, 2021
Connie Santasieri (nee Cocco), a lifelong resident of Belleville, NJ passed Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Job Haines assisted living facility, Bloomfield, NJ.
She was born September 27, 1927 and was the youngest child of Anthony and Anna Cocco.
Connie spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, tending to the needs of her parents and children. When her youngest child left home for college, she decided that was the perfect time to "go back to work" after a 30 year absence and became a teacher's aide at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Belleville, where she brought joy to many students and co-workers.
She proudly served as a volunteer member of the Clara Mass Auxiliary for over 25 years. Connie was predeceased by her husband, Michael and her siblings Helen, Joseph, Frank, Paris and Nicholas.
She is survived by her children Michelle Dolan, and husband Dave Malefsky, Stephen Santasieri and his wife Sherri, Mark Santasieri and his wife Colette, grandchildren Michael, Francis, Andi, Stephen, Maria, Joseph, great granddaughter Ada, several nieces and nephews, as well as many friends, all who held a special place in her heart.
Connie was a gracious host, who opened her home to everyone. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed. Due to the current health crisis, funeral arrangements will be private under the direction of the LaMonica Memorial Home in Livingston. However, as soon as can be done safely, there will be a funeral mass and celebration of Connie's life at St. Anthony's Church, Belleville, NJ.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
January 23, 2021
I am sorry to hear of your loss Michelle, Stephen & Mark.
We had many great times hanging out and playing cards together.
Connie had a heart of gold and I have many wonderful memories of both of your parents.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers and may she rest in peace.
January 15, 2021
My husband Frank and I wanted to express our deepest sympathy to Michelle & Dave and their family. I never met Connie, but I've heard so many funny and heartwarming stories about her over the years. She was truly one-of-a-kind!
I know that is a blessing to be able to take care of our elderly parents, and Michelle and I often spoke of our common challenges and concerns. I admire how devoted Michelle was to her mother's care and wellbeing.
Our prayers are with Michelle and her family for comfort and peace, and with Connie for a peaceful rest in Heaven.
January 6, 2021
I am so lucky to have know Mrs. S ( as I called her) for nearly 50 years. She always greeted me with a smile , had a kind word and was truly interested in my life and my family. Belleville lost one of the best people I know, me and my family will truly miss her.
Rest in Peace Mrs. S
January 6, 2021
Connie it was a joy to have you in my life thank you for all the mouth watering dishes & the different cakes & cookies you made for me (I’m diabetic Connie) 😄😄😄😄but I ate it anyway... Connie I love you but God knows best take your rest....Sleep peacefully...Until....To Mark Michelle & family my heartfelt Condolences to all...❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏
January 4, 2021
I have known Connie all my life, and come to know her spirit of generosity better in the last 8 years when I took over the Vendor Sales at Clara Maass and got more involved with the Auxiliary. She was my right hand. I will miss our conversations and her wisdom.
Condolences to her family. Memories last a lifetime.