Dr. Dennis M. Santilli, 80, a Riverside resident for 43 years, died on June 30, 2016.
Born in Milwaukee to Michael and Natalie Santilli in 1936, he will be remembered as a brilliant and funny friend, colleague and family man whose deep sense of honor guided him.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a surgeon with the practice of Riverside OB-Gyn Ltd. until 2000, he also provided much free health care to the community and for decades taught medical residents through the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Dr. Santilli was honorably discharged after serving as a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He understood the value of vacations and shared many happy times with his late wife and his friends on many beaches. His garden’s tomatoes were a family, and a rabbit, favorite.
He is survived by his children, Christine (Wayne) Johnson, Thomas (Lisa) Santilli and Michael (Jane) Santilli; his grandchildren, Anna, Mia, Rachel and David Santilli; his siblings, Robert (Gloria), Ronald (Patricia), Daryl (Vivian), and Susan; and his nieces and nephews, Paul (Tracy) Santilli, Renee Santilli Wendt, Laura (Doug) Marx, Matthew (Lauren) Santilli and Michele (Kevin) Melton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 126 Herrick in Riverside. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to the American Heart Association, the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside, handled arrangements.