Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA


John A. Santangelo

May 18, 1941March 23, 2020

John A. Santangelo, 78 of Rochester, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020 after a brief illness. He was the loving husband of Ann E. (Jehnke) Santangelo. To whom he shared 53 years of marriage

Born in Plainfield, NJ, a son of the late Louis F. and Pauline D. (Russo) Santangelo, he was a long time resident of Southcoast. John was a St. Peter’s High School and received his Master’s degree from New Jersey Institute Technology. He was employed as Director of Process Development for Johnson and Johnson for 30 years, retiring in 1996.

John enjoyed woodworking, cribbage, research and technology; he was an avid reader and loved to share his knowledge to help others.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by three sons, Rev. Christopher Santangelo of CA, Michael Santangelo of East Freetown and Scott Santangelo and his wife Kristen of Assonet; two daughters, Marybeth Bellefeville of East Freetown and Kathleen Allen and her husband Scott of Bridgewater; seven grandchildren, Jacob, Heather, Alexander, Charles, Emily, Daniel and Kora; a sister, Rosemarie Bersch of New Jersey and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are in the care of ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA. "Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, John’s services will be private for immediate family.” To leave a note of condolence: www.rock-funerahome.com


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John A. Santangelo

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Myrna and Paul Lubin

March 29, 2020

We will miss John, a neighbor for 47 years. His presence in a room lightened everyone’s spirits.

Margaret Boutiette

March 29, 2020

Dear Fr.Chris, please know you and your family are in my prayers. May God comfort you all esp. in these challenging times. Honor and Glory to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Margaret

Norma Belay

March 28, 2020

Father Chris,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you have peace and comfort during this difficult time. I am so sorry.

Ethel Stewart

March 27, 2020

My sincere sympathy to all of your family. My children were very close with Kathy and. Scott at apponequet and I remember your family as beautiful and close. I'm sure that will console you at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ethel (Kelly and Sherry Pina's mom)

Cathy Melanson

March 25, 2020

Fr. Chris
I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and your family are in my family thoughts and prayers.
Cathy Melanson

Agnes Figueira

March 24, 2020

My sympathies to Chris, Scott, Michael, Mary Beth, Kathleen and your beautiful mom. I have nothing but happy Allen Estates memories. Your dad was a wonderful and humorous person. I will always remember him.

From your old neighbor,

Aggie (Brandon Travers' mom)

Olga Jacques

March 24, 2020

Dear Santangello family, Our thought and prayers are with your family . We had many happy memories in Allen Estates in the early 80’s....
Treasure his memory and know that he is at peace....
In sympathy and friendship, Larry and Olga Jacques....

Tracy Travers

March 24, 2020

Father Chris,
I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tracy Travers
St. Joseph Parish