Stephen Santella obituary (1954 – 2021) – Oxford, MA
Oxford – Stephen A. Santella, 66, of Oxford, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the UMass Memorial – Clinton campus.
He leaves his wife of 42 years, Judith E. Forsberg Santella, a sister Sherry Santella of Florida, a niece Taryn Santella and her partner Ryan Greenwood of Rhode Island, several cousins and two sisters-in-law, Ann, wife of Edward St. Germaine, Dorothy Forsberg and her partner Obdulio Rodriguez, and her stepmother, Nell Forsberg, all of Worcester.
He also leaves behind three extended family sisters, Lucy Pendell and Maura Conlon of Boylston and Chris Johnson of Worcester. He was predeceased by his parents Richard and Gloria Santella.
Stephen was born in Bermuda and resided in Lancaster, Massachusetts, for many years until after graduating from high school he made the decision to serve his country and enlisted in the army.
He was an accomplished keyboardist and while in high school he studied with jazz musician Allan Mueller, who introduced him to the music of great jazz organist Jimmy Smith. He loved her. He decided he wanted to play like this. Under Allan’s private direction, in a short period of time he composed his own original music for himself, his music group, and his high school band. He liked to accompany Allan to some of the old jazz clubs in Worcester. Later in his life he played the keyboard for many years with several rock groups.
Stephen loved the state of Maine and helped his father build several cabins in Carthage when he was a teenager. He later built his own for his new wife with the help of his band mates and special friends, Tommy Boston, Ronnie Boston, Tex Cheroff and Philip Giansanti.
He was currently employed by the Jabil / Nypro company in Clinton MA as a software and robotics engineer. He has traveled all over the world to add his expertise to many projects. He loved his career choice and chose to delay his retirement for a further year when asked to stay to help during the pandemic. He was due to retire in October and looked forward to many new adventures, including spending summers in North Waterboro, ME.
Funeral services will be private and in the care of Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave., Worcester. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette June 12-13, 2021.