Salem, NH — Peter John Santarelli, 58, of Salem, N.H., died peacefully Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H., surrounded by his family.
He was born in Hartford, Conn., on March 8, 1956, a son of the late Joseph and Lucia (Pizzoferrato) Santarelli.
Peter was raised in Wethersfield, Conn., and graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1974. He played football for Coach Joe Cottone and played in the first Thanksgiving Day Football Classic and was named offensive lineman MVP. Peter went on to graduate from Southern Connecticut State University in 1979. He had lived in Milford, N.H., before moving to Salem in 1996, and was a communicant of St. Mary and Joseph Church in Salem.
He was employed as an IT consultant and had been employed at A.I.G Insurance and Neps Inc., both in Manchester, and most recently, at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, N.H.
Peter was very active in youth basketball, baseball and football in Salem.
He loved hosting family gatherings, and carrying on many cherished traditions. He also was an avid Boston sports fan.
Members of his family include his wife, Marilyn (Sterling) Santarelli, of Salem; a son, Peter J. Santarelli II of Salem; a brother and sister in-law, Joseph and Joan Santarelli of South Hamilton, Mass., and their children, Jake and Joy Santarelli; a sister and brother in-law, Susan and Stan Moore of Wethersfield, Conn., and their children, Brandon, Katelyn and Kirsten Moore; and a sister and brother in-law, Nancy and Michael Funaro of Middletown, Conn., and their children, Taylor and Michael Funaro; a stepdaughter, Tanya Rivet and her husband, Mark, of Merrimack, N.H.; four grandchildren, Brittany Beland, Paige, Hailey, and Zachary Rivet.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 5, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., in the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m., at Mary Queen of Peace Church, 200 Lawrence Rd., Salem. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.
For those who wish, memorial contributions maybe made to the Peter J. Santarelli II Benefit Memorial Fund, 5 McCormick Way, Salem, NH 03079.
For More information, or to sign the guest book, visit douglasandjohnson.com, or rivetfuneralhome.com.