Ernest Edward Santiago, Sr.
Jan 10, 1922 - Jan 6, 2014
SANTIAGO, Ernest Edward
January 10, 1922 – January 6, 2014
A resident of Sacramento after a briefIllness, Ernest passed away peacefully and with dignity to the Lord on Monday, January 6, 2014 at the age of 91 at Golden Living Center in Galt, California, where he resided for the past four years. He was surrounded by his sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sister (Carol Santiago Vargas) and was administered by the loving, compassionate and caring staff of Golden Living Center and Kaiser Permanante hospice staff.
One of nine children, Ernest was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on January 10, 1922, born to the late Peter Santiago and Juanita Dolores Santiago. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth Jean Santiago for over 64 years. He will forever be remembered by his devoted sister, Carol Santiago Vargas (sole surviving member of his immediate family). He married Elizabeth Kelly on August 9, 1947. He and Elizabeth had five sons: Ernie and his children Kellie, Michael and Jennifer; Aloysius and his sons Aloysius Jr., Ronald, Shaun, Andrew and Donovan; Peter/ Shirley and their children John/Joni and Selena/Eric Delgadillo; Thomas and Maria and children: Stacie/Cade Hines, Derrick and Kailee and Reginald and his children: Brian and Nicholas and beloved great-grandchildren: Jacob, Alexander, Tyler, Ariana, Shyannah, Finnegan, Malia, Drake and Preston, along with countless other family members, nieces and nephews and other friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Santiago and son, Aloysius Santiago, his parents Peter and Juanita Dolores Santiago, his sisters Rose Mateo, Sophie Pagan, Margaret Mateo, Miriam Aviles, Ruthie Fernandez, Dolores Riviera and brother David Santiago.
Ernest attended the local schools in Honolulu and graduated from Farrington High school. He worked for the navy on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor in January of 1940, and was there when the attack came on December 7, 1941. He served in the ‘Pineapple Army’ in Hawaii from 1943 to 1945. After the war he went back to work for the government as a civilian, finally retiring in December of 1974 from McClellan AFB. He was a baseball enthusiast. He was known as the ‘Notre Dame Nut’ by most his friends and family because of his intense interest in the Notre Dame University’s football and sports programs. He also loved collecting sports news. He was recipient of the 1957 ‘Man of the Year’ award, from the Sacramento Junipero Serra Council, Young Men’s Institute, of Sacramento. He was one of the original seven players who founded the Golden Senior Citizen’s baseball club.
He was a caring father and a loving grandfather to all his grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. He loved family gatherings and functions, surrounded by his children, grandchildren, extended family and friends laughing and having fun.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service and Rosary on Friday, January 10, 2014, viewing 2-5:30 PM and Rosary at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Sierra Hills Memorial Park & East Lawn Mortuary 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841 Phone: 916-732-2020 & 916-331-9800; Mass on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St Lawrence Catholic Church, 4325 Don Julio Blvd., North Highlands, CA 95660, Interment following mass at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 7101 Verner Avenue, Sacramento, CA 9S841. Reception and celebration of his life will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church Hall, 4325 Don Julio Blvd. North Highlands, CA, immediately following his Interment.All funeral arrangements are being handled by East Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary, (www.eastlawn.com)