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Pierre Santelé, of Mora, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2020 at his home.  He was 90 years old.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home.

A Private Family Service will be held after the visitation

PLEASE NOTE: Due to CDC recommendations, FACE MASKS are strongly encouraged at the services for Pierre. Being aware of the need to keep social distance, and not coming if you are sick or at risk (e.g. elderly, immune-compromised) will help protect everyone.  Online condolences can be made for those who cannot attend. Thank you for understanding during this difficult time.

Pierre Antoine Santelé, of Mora, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, October 5, 2020. He was 90 years old.

Pierre was born November 16, 1929 in Lauwe, Belgium to Achiele and Valentine (Vanlerberghe) Santelé. When he was 11 years old, World War II began and he and his family survived the war. After the war, he served in the Belgian Armed Forces for two years. He then pursued training in horticulture which he used to start his own tobacco factory. For many years, he sold tobacco at the open market in Brussels Square and never missed a Sunday.

In 1969, he moved his family including three sons to America to begin a new venture and later was proud to become an American citizen. Pierre was a true entrepreneur and was never afraid to take a risk.

His next endeavor brought him, and his wife Roxanne, to Las Vegas, NV. In Las Vegas, they started a wrought iron business which he ran until they returned to Minnesota with their three children in 1996. Pierre retired and spent his time gardening, logging, and supporting Roxanne with her businesses especially at the Crazy Ladies House. He spent many hours greeting people, riding in parades, and promoting the business. Pierre loved to tell a good story or a funny joke, and he always knew how to bring out a smile in people. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

Pierre is preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Antoine and Joseph Santelé.

He is survived by his wife Roxanne; children, Lieven (Trudy), Stephen (Mary Jane), Chris (Marianne), Michelle (Bill) Lewin, Joshua, and Alexia (Alex) Fox; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, Mia VanMarcke, Lucien Santelé, Godelieve Delier, Francoise Brocard, and Simonne Corne; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


24 thoughts on “PIERRE A. SANTELÉ”

  1. So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
    Mary Poff

  2. Roxanne,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.
    Hugs to you!!

  3. Roxanne and family, I am so sad to hear of Pierre’s passing. I enjoyed getting to know him at The Crazy Ladies House. He sure was a special guy – full of life and always with a twinkle in his eye! You are all in our prayers.

  4. Roxanne & Family,
    So sorry for your loss… I only met Pierre twice but we sure laughed a lot! What a guy! There will definitely be a void for all who loved him and had the pleasure to laugh with him. Your memories & the stories you share will put a smile on your face and laughter in your heart.
    He’s not gone he’s Right by your side❤️

  5. Rox and family-
    We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of Pierre! He was such a fun living, compassionate family man! A kind soul that will be missed by all who knew and loved him! May the wonderful memories you hold in your heart sustain you! You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this tender time! Beth, Brian, & Mytch

  6. Dear Rox,

    I am so sadden to hear this news. Pierre was a blessing to us all. I am praying for you and your family for strength during this difficult time and to let you know you are loved. If you need anything please call me. It would be my honor to help. Much love to you, Rox.

    Sincerely, Lonnie and Jackie Ness

  7. Roxanne and Family – I’m so sorry to here of Pierre’s passing. He was a blessing, and I’ll always remember his sense of humor. I only spent a short time with him on my way up north a couple years ago, but he was a joy to be around.

  8. Roxanne, so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed his easy smile and laughter. What a friendly guy! Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Kathy Undem

  9. Roxanne and family… it was a blessing to have known Pierre. He always had a good story or two. I especially remember he and dad talking Flemish. Always wondered what they were talking about. He was a great man and will be missed. Love and prayers.
    Marie tenCate Kastenbauer

  10. Roxanne – So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Pierre. Although I did not meet him, I’m sure he will be missed by you and the rest of your family. These times are crazy, but hopefully you will find peace in the days to come.

    Eunice Weckwerth

  11. Roxanne, Chris and Marianne, and rest of family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Will be praying for your family during this difficult time. I remember Pierre from when I was younger and listening to the music that Chris would share with us. God bless you guys. May you feel His presence and His hands be upon you in the days and time ahead.

  12. So very sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort for your family as you mourn the loss of this great man.

  13. Roxanne-
    He sure could bring a smile to everyone! Sample sale will never be the same without him working the dollar room :).
    Love and prayers to you all!

  14. Rox, so sad to hear of Pierre’s passing, I tried to save him many times from those pink outfits at the CL HOUSE, but he was good… n loved you n family so much. Sending you many hugs n drinks…..

  15. Roxanne,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of Pierre. Thinking of you and his children with sympathy & love.
    Margie Vogel Bertilson

  16. Roxanne and family— so sorry for your loss. May the many memories help you through this time. Our thought and prayers are with you and the family. He was quite the character! Love to you all

  17. God bless Pierre and all who loved him. Roxanne, so sorry to learn of Pierre’s passing, especially just now

  18. Roxanne, so sorry to hear about the passing of Pierre. You and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. I’m Sure he will be dearly missed, praying for you to find peace in time. With sympathy, Kelly White and family ( Bills Kelly)

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