Wilma F. Santoro, 90


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Wilma SantoroOn Wednesday, November 16, 2022, Wilma Frances Santoro (nee Ball) loving wife, and mother of five children passed away peacefully at her home, with her beloved husband of 70 years Fred at her side. She was 90 years old.

Wilma was born on August 10, 1932 in East Orange, NJ to William and Gilda Ball. She graduated from Immaculate Highs School in 1950. On September 7, 1952 she married Alfred Bernard Santoro. They raised five children: Michael, Jilda, Fred, Christine and Mary in Verona, NJ.

For many years, Wilma worked at the Religious Education Office at Our Lady of the Lake Church. Her faith was an integral part of her life. She was a talented knitter, creating beautiful afghans and sweaters. She was a wonderful baker, especially of homemade apple pies which were widely requested at family gatherings.

Family was Wilma’s greatest passion. She delighted in her children and eleven grandchildren. She was so happy to recently learn that a great-grandchild is expected in the upcoming year.

Wilma was predeceased by her brother Billy Ball, and is survived by her husband, Fred, their five children, 11 grandchildren and her four brothers, Bobby, Johnny, Arthur and Gene.

A visitation will be held at Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona on Sunday November 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be offered at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Lakeside Avenue, Verona on Monday November 21 at 10 a.m.

In her memory, donations to the Verona Rescue Squad, 12 Church Street, Verona, NJ 07044 would be appreciated.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss! She was a sweet woman and you guys had a great family!

    Keep the Faith!

    Todd A.Martin
    Stroudsburg, PA 18360

  2. Wilma was one of the kindest, gentlest, most humble women I’ve ever known. It was a blessing to have known her. Please accept my deepest sympathy


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