Della K. "Tootie" Santucci, age 81, of McKeesport, died September 9, 2020, at UPMC East. Born March 28, 1939, at the family home in Little Boston, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Sarah (Shaffer) Hodge and the wife of the late William J. Santucci, Sr.
Della was a retired CNA, having worked for New Heritage Inc., Briarcliff, and Maguire's nursing facilities, as well as private home care. Della enjoyed road trips with her husband, listening to country music, cooking, adult coloring, playing Bingo with her friends, going to church, and spending time with her family and beloved pets. She is survived by her children, Douglas Braucher of North Versailles, Delmar Braucher of McKeesport, Eva S. (Jim) Wertz of McKeesport, David (Christine) Santucci of Johnstown, and William J. Santucci Jr. of Indiana, PA; grandchildren, Leila, Tanya, J.T., Jerami, Brittany, Jonathan, Crystal, Donald, Megan, Shawn, Armand, Sarah, Ronna, Matthew and Janell; brother, Cortney Hodge of Little Boston; great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Irene and Lucy Hodge; daughters-in-law, Debra Kaminski and Linda Santucci; also nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Donald Edward Braucher; brothers, Elmer Earl, William Andrew, Samuel Louis, Donald and Ronald Hodge; sisters, Wilma Jean Taylor, and Shirley Braucher; her beloved sister-in-law, Betty Hodge.
Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday, September 14, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 10 a.m., in the funeral home chapel. Pastor John Patterson of St. James Fellowship will officiate. Burial will follow in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. James Fellowship, 1467 Madden Drive, Monroeville, PA, 15146.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com.
Della's family would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to the staff of Woodhaven Care Center for the kindness and compassion shown to her during her stay, as well as the support given to them during this difficult time.
Originally published September 12, 2020.