Louis V. Santini, 89 |
Aug. 23, 1926 -- May 14, 2016
Louis “Louie” V. Santini, 89, a longtime West Bend resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 14, 2016, re-joining his beloved wife, Phyllis.
Louie was born in Iron Mountain, Michigan, on Aug. 23, 1926, to Pasquale and Constanza (Lerza). He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked at Warner Mine in the mid-’50s.
In 1954, he married Phyllis Francois and moved to Port Washington, where he worked as a welder. In 1960, they purchased and operated Luigi’s Supper Club on Wisconsin Street in Port Washington.
In 1964, he moved to West Bend where he held several positions including millwright and union official. He was an active parishioner at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church and enjoyed volunteering at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend.
Louie had a lifelong love of singing and entertaining. He performed at supper clubs in the Iron Mountain area, where his music career began. He was known as “Luigi” and “The Butcher Boy,” and is remembered for his appearances at the Amidon Follies and Italian Festival in Iron Mountain. He appeared on a Milwaukee television program called “Hotshots.”
Louie will always be remembered for his vibrant personality and breaking into song wherever he went, whether it be the grocery store, the doctor’s office, or a family gathering. Many brides were serenaded on their wedding day if Louie was in attendance.
Louie enjoyed bird watching and gardening, particularly raising tomatoes for his famous homemade spaghetti sauce. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He was frequently spotted at his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. He is survived by his children, Maureen Santini, Kathleen (Michael) Lighthizer, and Louis P. (Carol Roberts) Santini, and four grandchildren, Melanie and Jake Santini, Brian (Jaclynn Wall) Lighthizer and Adam Lighthizer. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Cole and Ryleigh Lighthizer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, who died in 2015; his son, Tony, who died in 1977; seven siblings; and his parents.
For the last several years he resided at Serenity Villa Assisted Living in Slinger.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Serenity Villa for their loving care and for becoming an extended family to both Louie and Phyllis. Thank you also to Horizon Hospice for their compassionate care.
Arrivederci, Dad. We’ll miss you.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) with the Rev. Enrique Hernandez and the Rev. Gregory Michaud presiding. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI 53095). Interment will be at Washington County Memorial Park will take place immediately following the Mass.
Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.