Ruth Mariani Santonello passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Ely, Nevada. She was 94 years old. Ruth was born on June 6, 1920 in Bangkok, Siam (Thailand). Her childhood consisted of traveling throughout Asia, mainly India with her family owned circus. She later moved to Australia as a young adult where she met Andrew Santonello (US Army). She and Andrew were married in Sidney, Australia in 1942. In 1945 she and Andrew made their home in West New York, New Jersey. In 1950 their first child was born and their second child followed in 1951. In 1954 she and her family moved to Southern California. Ruth’s husband Andrew passed away in 1974 prompting her move to Ely, Nevada in 1975 to be close to her Mother, Ernesta Willison and her Sister, Anita (Emily) Johnson.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Andrew and her 2 sisters. She is survived by her 2 children, Madeline Kalleres (Mike) of Ely, Nevada and Andy Santonello (Pam) of Torrance, California. Ruth is also survived by 5 Grandchildren and numerous Great-Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews. At Ruth’s request, she will be laid to rest with her husband Andrew in Long Beach, California. Ruth requested there to be no services.