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SANTARELLI, ARMAND SR. 85 - of Absecon, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2014. He was born in 1929 in Philadelphia, and had suffered from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, which he bravely battled for many years. He was married to his devoted wife Olga of 64 years, after meeting and playing music in USO shows together. After briefly serving our country in the US Army, Armand pursued his passion as a jazz musician, drum instructor, and writer in Philadelphia and South Jersey for over 50 years. He was admired and respected as a mentor to students from across the country, many of whom still attribute their success not only to his drum instruction, but his deep and thoughtful life teachings. He was born and raised in South Philadelphia and moved to Glendora, NJ in 1962, where the family lived until 1979. The family moved to the Atlantic City area where Armand continued his music career and teaching as long as he was able. He is predeceased by his parents, Giacomo and Adeline Santarelli; and his sister, Eileen Santarelli of Philadelphia; and has one surviving brother, Oswald. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Olga (Egizi); three daughters, Elisa Keaveney of Flower Mound, Texas, Gina White of Absecon, and Leticia Santarelli of Egg Harbor Township; and three sons, Armand Santarelli, Jr., Jack Santarelli, and Joseph Santarelli, all from the Dallas, Texas area. Along with the loving spouses of his children, Armand proudly has 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday April 21st, from 9AM until 11AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Assumption Church), 146 S. Pitney Rd., Galloway, NJ. There will be a mass following at 11AM with burial at Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery in the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor. Services entrusted to Wimberg Funeral Home in Galloway, NJ (609) 641-0001. For condolences, please visit www.wimberg

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  • Allyssa Hubbard posted at 1:36 pm on Sat, Apr 19, 2014.

    allyssa Posts: 11

    To Mrs. Olga & Family I would like to extend my sincere condolences to you at this most difficult time. May God BLESS & STRENGTHEN each one of you. Mr. Armand was one of a kind, sweet yet strong- stubborn but lovable. I will miss his presence, he always made me smile. He was my Favorite Drummer. I'm sure he has the angels Combing his Hair in just the right direction......SLEEP WITH THE ANGELS MY BUDDY.GOD BLESS Sincerely Allyssa Hubbard--- LE-LE


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