Pete J. Santarelli, 87, passed away Dec. 17, 2013. Survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Kate Cuchiara-Santarelli; children, Paula (John) Demchuk of Lawton, Mich. and Mark (Michelle) Santarelli of Pueblo; sister, Lily Santarelli of Pueblo; sister-in-law, Marie Fabian of Pueblo; grandchildren, Daniel and Aaron Rice, Ashley Santarelli, Jonathon Rice, Shane Santarelli, Josh Beu and Meagan Gray; great-granddaughters, Brooklyn Santarelli-Akin and Melanie Santarelli-Bernal; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Eric and Joyce Sparkman, Fred and Jan Trujillo. Preceded in death by his sister, Rose Carleo; sister-in-law, Carmella 'Nellie' Cuchiara; and brother-in-law, Charles Ray Cuchiara. Pete was born to James and Providenza Santarelli on March 26, 1926, in Pueblo. He graduated from Centennial High School in 1944. Pete served in the U.S. Army/Air Force during WWII. He retired from CF&I as a printer. Charter member of Christ The King Catholic Church and Pueblo Choral Society. Member of Protective Fidelity Lodge # 222 and the national secretary for 26 years of Columbian Federation of Italian-American Societies. Thank you to the doctors, skilled nursing, medical assistants and staff at Parkview Medical Center, Home Health Care, A.I.M., University Park Rehab and Sangre de Cristo Hospice & Palliative Care for the excellent care they gave Pete. Viewing from noon to 6 p.m. Friday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Christ The King Church, 1708 Horseshoe Dr. Present & former members of the Pueblo Choral Society are invited to participate in singing 'Ave Verum' at the funeral Mass. Military honors by the National Guard Honor Guard and Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team and entombment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Pueblo Choral Society through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Paula two and family….So sorry for your loss. I thought your Dad was a great man, Pat and I miss you and as exercise is not together anymore .I’m sure we all feel the same, Paula one Dionisio

  2. Aunt Katie, Mark, Paula and families. Our hearts are with all of you and we are sorry we can’t be there. How blessed we are to have had Uncle Pete in our lives and have the wonderful memories of loving him and being loved by him. We are all better people as a result of his love and influence. He certainly will a special home with The Lord.
    Susan and Kenny

  3. Kate, Paula and Mark: Chuck and I are so sorry to learn that Pete has left this world. We have so many fond memories and were blest to know him. We too will miss him. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.

  4. Dear Katy and Family
    We are so sad Pete is no longer with us here on earth. He was truly a one of kind; loving and kind to everyone. He will be greatly missed.

  5. Dear Kate, Paula, and Mark,
    I was greatly saddened when I heard the news of Pete’s passing. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. He treated everyone with dignity and respect, and his sense of true caring coupled with his wonderful sense of humor was a godsend to us all. May God bless him and you all!

  6. Kate, Mark and Paula,
    I am so sorry. Pete was a great man of God and will be sorely missed. He was always kind hearted and I love you all dearly. You are in my prayers and thoughts. God Bless each of you and your family. All my love! Mike Barbour

  7. Kate,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Pete. He was a good man and was special to me. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Paula and Mark at this sad time. I’m sorry that I can not be there, as we are still in California.

    Debbie Cash-Samson

  8. Dear Katy and family,
    Please know that you have our most sincere sympathy on the passing of our beloved Pete. He was always so kind and such a joy to share at concerts.
    Our love and prayers go out to each of you, but especially to Katy. May God comfort your heart and Spirit today and especially tomorrow. Much love is being sent to you from our family.
    Jean Fiscus, Becky Fiscus, and John Fiscus

  9. Dear Santarelli Family, ,
    Pete, was a wonderful, fun loving, selfless, individual person, I had the pleasure of knowing, first as my customer, at the Gas station, that I managed! Pete, got me re- interested, in Italian heritage, after learning, I was a immigrant, I had the additional pleasure, of singing at performances with him, and the Dante Alligari Singers! I am acquainted, with Mark, who repaired, my hundred year old saxophones! The father, passed the beautiful gift of music to his son! My deepest condolences, SIncerely, Sandra Buck

  10. Kate, Paula, Mark and family, I’m so very sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. I wish I were there to give you all a big hug. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. Pete was such a beautiful person. What a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather he was. I will always remember how nice he treated us all. Losing a loved one at anytime is difficult, but at this time of year, it is especially hard, I know. My heart goes out to you all. May you find comfort in knowing that Pete is now with God and has joined his heavenly choir. The heavens are rejoicing. May God bless and keep you in his loving arms.

  11. Dear Mrs. Santarelli (Kate) and the whole family…I was very sad to hear of Pete’s passing. I will always remember him fondly at Chorale and Symphony concerts. Any time I ran into Pete & Kate in town, they were always gracious and took time to stop and talk a minute. I will miss Pete’s smile most of all…he always had it ready and out for everyone to see! My deepest sympathy to you all. Love and prayers! Susie Yarnell

  12. Dear Santarelli Family,
    We share your sadness with Pete’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Dear Paula & Family, Our condolences to you and your entire family for your loss. Love Bob, Diane, Ryan and Michael

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