Johnna Santillo, of rural mora, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away on Friday, November 6, 2009 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital of Minneapolis after a courageous battle with a number of health issues. She was 47 years old.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Chapel of Mora.
A TIME OF VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service
Johnna Marie Santillo was born on April 10, 1962 in Minneapolis, MN to parents Richard and Margo (Shafer) Lowe. She grew up in Minneapolis and attended Fridley schools. After school she went to work as a waitress and manager for several restaurants including Wendy’s, Hardees’s, and Denny’s. In 1983 her first son Travis was born.
While working the drive thru window at Hardees’s in 1989, she met Chad Santillo. The couple was married on April 10, 1991 in Anoka County. To this union two more children were born, Spencer in 1994 and Gabrielle in 1996. Together the family moved around from New Brighton to Isanti and East Bethel, until finally settling in rural Mora in 2004.
Johnna had many hobbies including watching her “stories”, cheering for the Vikings, taking trips to the casino, and working on craft projects. She was a devoted mother and strived to take good care of her children, even when her health was failing. She will be remembered for her forthright attitude and strong spirit. Johnna will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
Johnna is preceded in death by her grandfather Ivan Shafer.
She is survived by her husband Chad Santillo, children Travis Linder of Cambridge, Spencer Santillo, and Gabrielle Santillo of Mora, mother Margo Lowe of Cambridge, grandmother Marie Shafer of Donna, TX, brother and sister-in-law Chris and Lori Santillo of Ham Lake; aunt Claudette Shafer of Donna, TX; uncle Greg (Shannon) Shafer of Buell, MN; 6 nieces and nephews; and 2 great nephews; and many other relatives and friends.