Adeline Vitolo Santoro (“Vicki”), just shy of her 100th birthday, died peacefully on September 17, 2018, after a short incapacitation.
Vicki was a graduate of Jeannette High School in 1936 and earned her RN certification from St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA in 1939. She joined the Army Nurse Corps as a Second Lieutenant, stationed at Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco, and Quarry Heights in the Panama Canal Zone where she met and married her husband Vincent. After raising her four children, she practiced nursing in Alexandria, VA, until her retirement at the age of 70. Always active and interested in helping the less fortunate, Vicki engaged in many charitable endeavors, including volunteering her nursing skills at the 1968 Resurrection City in Washington, D.C., and in the Emergency Room of Inova Alexandria Hospital, also working at the Carpenter’s Shelter for the Homeless and as an active volunteer for ALIVE (Alexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) for many years. She was always involved with her children’s activities as a den mother and girl scout leader, even taking all four children to Summer camp while her husband studied for the Bar exam! Never having a drivers’ license, Vicki walked everywhere, including to and from Mass and work daily. Vicki loved to dance and so she organized and taught a line-dancing class through Blessed Sacrament Church, which she continued to teach through the age of 94. Vicki’s story is highlighted in the 'Women in Military Service for America Memorial' in Washington, D.C.
Vicki was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent H. Santoro, and is survived by her four children, Alfred P. Santoro of Redmond, OR, Patricia Diulus-Myers of Pittsburgh, PA, Jacqueline R. Santoro of San Luis Obispo, CA, and Vincent H. Santoro, Jr. of Nashville, TN; five adoring grandchildren, Gina Santoro McKenna, Kristen Diulus Campbell, Vincent Santoro, Lauren Diulus Scheuring, Joseph Santoro; twelve loving great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She also is survived by her brother, Paul Vitolo of Jeannette, PA, and was predeceased by her sisters, Louise Petrini and Annie Vitolo, and brother, Lazarus Vitolo, all of Jeannette, PA.
A funeral Mass will be held at Ascension Church in Jeannette PA at 10:00 am on September 29, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria, VA, followed by military honors and burial at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Family may be reached at 415 Parker Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Donations may be made in Vicki’s memory to the BrightFocus Foundation (Alzheimer’s Disease Research).
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