Bernadine Gillest
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Bernadine Gillest

September 07, 1924 - August 02, 2004

Bernadine Gillest

September 07, 1924 - August 02, 2004


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Obituary for Bernadine Gillest

Bernadine "Bella" Gillest, 79, of 807 Pollock Ave. died the afternoon of August 2, 2004, in Jameson Hospital. Born September 7, 1924, in New Castle, she was a daughter of the late Pietro and Theresa Toscano Santangelo. She married Lawrence "Tracy" Gillest on August 18, 1945. He survives. Mrs. Gillest enjoyed ceramics and cooking. She was a member of St. Vitus Church and its Christian Mothers. In addition to her husband, survivors include four daughters and two sons-in-law, Kathleen and William Martin of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Theresa M. Gillest of South Pasadena, Calif., Bernadette and George Ross, and Laura L. Gillest, all of New Castle; a brother, Louis Santangelo of New Castle; a sister, Pauline DiThomas of Anaheim, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Bridget Budellazze, Margaret LaMarco and Clara Ballosteros; and three brothers, Michael Santangelo, Benjamin Santangelo and John Santangelo. Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. August 4, 2004 at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 941 S. Mill St. A procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for St. Vitus Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Parkside Mausoleum.

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