HELENA — On the evening of May 3, 2013, Vince Santoro passed away peacefully at Fort Harrison VA Hospital in Helena, Mont.
Vice was born on July 14, 1930, in New York, N.Y., to Felice Santoro and Luisa Toritto, both native immigrants from Italy. He had three brothers, Carmine, Felix and Nicky, and a sister, Philomena.
In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea until 1953. He was the recipient of two Bronze Stars and a proud veteran. After his military service, he moved to California.
He has four children, Charles Robert Santoro, Kenneth Allen Santoro, Vincent Raymond Santoro Jr., and Anna Marie Linneweber.
He installed carpet for many movie stars while living in California. He moved to Oregon, Washington and finally, to Montana, making it his permanent home where he could enjoy the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and boater. Health issues forced him into early retirement, where he spent time with his second family at the Montana Nugget and watching his favorite teams, the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates on TV.
Vince is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Nicky and Carmine; sister, Philomena; and son-in-law, Alvin Barber.
He is survived by his children, Charles Robert (Peggy) Santoro, Kenneth Allen (Sue) Santoro, Vincent R. (Lorene) Santoro Jr., and Anna Marie (Brett) Linneweber; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service celebrating Vince’s life will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A Reception will follow the memorial service in the social all at the funeral home. Burial with military honors, will take place Friday, May 10, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Billings. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project by visiting www.woundedwarriorproject.org; the American Legion 3095 Villard Ave., Helena, MT 59601; or the VFW, 117 W. Main St., East Helena, MT 59635. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Vince.