Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Richard W. Santillo, 78

Richard W. Santillo, 78, of Seminole, FL, formerly of Ellwood City, passed away surrounded by his family on May 27, 2022 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  He was born in Ellwood City on February 23, 1944, the son of the late Michael and Christina (Maietta) Santillo.  He was married July 31, 1971, to Jane (Boering) Santillo, who survives.

He attended B.V.M. parochial school through eighth grade and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from California University of Pennsylvania and later earned an M.Ed. degree and finally a superintendent’s certificate, both from Westminster College.

A passionate life-long educator, Rich began his career teaching biology at Shenango High School.  He then served as a guidance counselor in the Mt. Lebanon School District before returning to Ellwood City where he served as guidance counselor and then principal of Lincoln High School. He completed his service in the Ellwood schools as Director of Curriculum for the school district.  He became assistant superintendent of the North Hills School District, retiring from North Hills in 1999.  In his retirement, he taught in the graduate school of education at Westminster College.

He was a lifetime member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and also attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole.

Rich was an avid golfer, beginning his golfing years as a young boy caddying at the Connoquenessing Country Club.  He played golf as often as he could throughout his life and made lots of wonderful friends on the golf course.  A highlight of his golfing years was a hole in one on the course at New Castle Country Club in Neshannock. That ball is framed and hung on a wall wherever Rich lived from that day forward.

In addition to his cherished wife of 50 years, Rich is survived by two daughters, whom he treasured: Betsy (Jim) Amato of Collier Township and Christy (Scott) Kravetz of Seminole, FL, and two beloved grandsons: Luke and Charlie Kravetz.  He is also survived by his five brothers: Michael (Priscilla) Santillo of Ellwood City; Robert (Gayle) Santillo of Valencia; Gary Santillo of Edinboro; Raymond (LuAnn) Santillo of Ellwood City; and Thomas (Pam) Santillo of Pittsburgh and 13 nieces and nephews.

Rich was a devoted family man who loved his wife and daughters, his grandsons, and his entire extended family and was deeply loved in return.

As well as his parents, Rich was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Barbara Santillo, and his in-laws, Josiah and Mary Jane Boering.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 1-5 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 am. at the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.  Those attending are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Memorial donations in Rich’s name may be made to the Ellwood City Public Library, 415 Lawrence Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.


  • Phyllis Pace Spencer, & Jerry M Spencer Posted June 3, 2022 1:09 pm

    Rich, You lived your life exactly the way God wanted you to. With Love, Kindness & Honor.,God will take care of you now., Rest in peace with Aunt Chris & Uncle Mike. We Love You, Phyllis & Jerry.

  • John Pace Posted June 3, 2022 11:00 pm

    Rest In Peace Cousin. Rich was a role model and a kind, genuine person. Condolences to the Family. His legacy and lasting, good memories live on.
    God Bless, John and Patty Pace

  • Dave Glad Posted June 4, 2022 9:20 am

    Betsy, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there for you, but know I’m thinking and praying for you and your family.

  • Doug Tammaro (LHS Class of 1987) Posted June 4, 2022 9:49 pm

    Mr. Santillo was an incredible leader as our principal and was always full of spirit and positive energy. Personally Mr. Santillo has said some amazing things about me to my parents that I will forever be grateful. He was my principal and he was a damn great one. Thank you Mr. Santillo…you were a big part of many successful stories from the class of 1987.

  • Doug Tammaro Posted June 5, 2022 1:48 pm

    Mr. Santillo was a wonderful person and a fantastic principal. We could not have had a better leader and friend as we were going through such a tremendous time in our lives. He was kind and supportive and as nice as one could wish for in leading us, and personally said some of the nicest things to me and my family that allowed me to have confidence as I went to college. Mr. Santillo never missed an opportunity to ask my family how I was dong and then telling them that he appreciated me when I was in high school. It is great for someone to understand simple and kind words said can make such a big difference in someone’s life. God bless him and his family, and I want them to know how much he is appreciated by ours. He lived a great life and I know influenced me very much.

  • Edward Burns Posted June 6, 2022 11:33 pm

    With Sympathy and prayers,
    +Ed Burns (Class of “75 with Tom)
    Dallas, Texas

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