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Stephen Santoro, Jr.

November 1, 1938 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Stephen Santoro, Jr. Obituary

It is with a broken heart that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Stephen Santoro, Jr. on November 23, 2023. Stephen passed away on his 46th wedding anniversary while in the comfort of his home and with his loving wife Karen and special fur baby “Goldie” at his side. Stephen suffered a painful and debilitating 15-month battle with COPD and Cancer. 

Stephen was born to Stefano Santoro & Filomena (Eligio) Santoro in Woodbridge, CT on November 1, 1938. Stephen was the youngest of 9 siblings. 

Shortly after Stephen completed his education in the New Haven school system, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and eventually was stationed in Germany. After two years of duty, he returned home to Bethany, CT and eventually chose the Printing Industry for his career. He worked for various printing companies in Connecticut and eventually retired from GHP Media at the age of 81 years old. Stephen loved to hunt, freshwater fish, saltwater fish (where he earned the nickname “Captain of the OKSS”) and he enjoyed working on his vintage cars. Stephen and Karen lived in Milford for several years before moving to Naugatuck, CT where they have resided for 41 years.  

Stephen is survived by his wife Karen Ann (Drotar) Santoro and their daughter Stephanie Filomena Santoro of Ohio. He is also survived by his brother Ralph Santoro of New Hampshire, and sisters Yolanda Santoro of Madison, CT and Helen Santoro of New Hampshire. Additional survivors are brother-in-law William Drotar, Jr. of Texas and sister-in-law Joyce Doyle of Deep River, CT. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. 

Stephen was predeceased by his parents as well as his brother Anthony, brother Peter (who passed away 3 weeks ago) and sisters Concetta, Esther, and Assunta. Stephen is also predeceased by his in-laws Carolyn and William Drotar, Sr. 

Karen would like to thank the following people who showed Stephen an enormous amount of care, gentleness, compassion and respect: Dr. Michael Grant and his staff at Smilow/Waterbury, Waterbury Pulmonary, Cardiology Assoc. of Waterbury, VNA of Watertown, Hartford Healthcare (Palliative care and Hospice care), Dr. Brimal Patel, Naugatuck Ambulance and Father Joy Jacob from St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Beacon Falls. Many, many people have been praying for Stephen for 15 months and Karen thanks you for your prayers and support. 

Per Stephen’s wishes, there will be no services, however, Karen wishes to thank the Palmerie Family at Prospect Memorial Funeral Home for their compassionate care and handling of Stephen’s final arrangements. Please visit to share a memory, a photo, or words of comfort for Stephen on his Tribute Wall.  

It was a Gift from God and Mama Santoro that I was allowed to have such a wonderful, loving, hardworking and compassionate man in my life for 49 years. I pray my Husband has now entered the Gates of Heaven, seen the face of God and is now resting peacefully and finally free of disease. Amen.

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