Carmen M. Santarelli (nee Ruiz), age 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Franklin, WI. She was born on November 28, 1932 in Puerto Rico to Marcelo and Edelia (nee Martinez) Ruiz. Carmen has survived losing three husbands and raising her children throughout. She was a devoted church member and her greatest joy was being with her family and, of course, candy, ice cream and cake!
Carmen is survived by her children Carmen Maciejewski of IL., Nelson (Karen) Correa of West Bend; grandchildren Vince (Gretchen), Nick (Megan), Kelly (Brad), Kyle, Alex, Sean; great-grandchildren Brandon, Theodore; her sister Ester (Julio) Martinez and her special son-in-law Pete Konrath. She is further survived by step-children Richard (Elba) Santarelli, Barbara (Kevin) Smidt, Carlo Santrelli, Charles (Liz) Santarelli and grand step-children, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and three husbands Joe Santarelli, Benardo Correa and Jose Vicente Rosado Bravo, her son Rick Correa, and her brothers Ernesto and William.
A Memorial Service will be at 4:00PM on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Dr., West Bend) with Deacon Ron Schneider presiding. Visitation will be from 2:00PM until the time of the service (4:00PM) at the funeral home.
A special thank you to Creekside Manor, WI (Oak Creek, WI) staff.