St. Andrew Catholic Church
1899 McCoy Road
Columbus , Ohio 43220
Grace Ellen (Curtis) Santilli passed away peacefully on July 20, 2023, surrounded by her family, after a short battle with lung cancer.
She was born on February 12, 1940, in Mansfield, Ohio and lived most of her life in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Columbus, and then from The Ohio State University with a degree in dental hygiene. She met the love of her life, Dr. Richard Santilli, in mid 1961 and they married on February 10, 1962, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Columbus. She enjoyed her career as a dental hygienist and was known to have a gentle touch with her patients.
Her greatest joy in life was her family and time spent together. Most of all, she enjoyed family gatherings on holidays and special occasions. She was very devoted to her Catholic faith and raised her three sons to love others as our Lord loved us.
She was preceded in death by her Mother, Sarah (Martin) Curtis, and her Father, Ralph Curtis. She is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Richard R. Santilli, D.D.S., One Sister; E. Ann (James) McCrery of Virginia, 3 Sons; Gregg (Beth) Santilli, M.D., of Dallas, Texas, Jeff (Denise) Santilli, D.D.S., of New Albany, Ohio, Scott (Kristin) Santilli, M.D., of Upper Arlington, Ohio, 5 Grandsons; Justin (Katie) Santilli of Dripping Springs, Texas, Graham Santilli of Dallas, Texas, Colin and Carson Santilli of New Albany, Ohio, Shepherd Santilli of Upper Arlington, Ohio, and it brought her great joy to learn a great-grandson is expected in December.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Upper Arlington, 1899 McCoy Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220, her home parish since 1965, on Friday, July 28, 2023, at 10:30 am. Friends and family may call prior to Mass in the Church Vestibule with a Reception to follow. Flowers may be sent to St. Andrew, or in lieu, a donation to a charitable cause may be made. May we always be faithful to the values and traditions she taught, and pass these to the next generations.