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FELICE JAMES SANDEE

May 11, 1926 June 22, 2016
FELICE JAMES SANDEE
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Felice “Phil” J. Sandee (Santaniello), age 90, died June 22, 2016 at Rosedale Green. Mr. Sandee spent the last year and a half of his life living in Kentucky surrounded by family after a lifetime on Long Island, New York, most recently in Freeport.
Mr. Sandee is preceded in death by his parents Agnes (Miller) Apps, Charles Santaniello, and stepfather Ernest Apps as well as his partner of many years, Marilyn “Micki” Herman. He is survived by his dear sisters, Rita McGuffey and Jeanne Casciola Tracy, who he loved and cherished more than anything on this planet. He is also survived by his three children, Lynn (Curt) Stockholm, Felicia “Lee” (Curt) Decker, and Brian (Rebecca) Lewis. He also leaves behind his ten grandchildren, Erika (Eric) Bowles, Stephanie (Jason) Grammer, Danielle (Sean) Mills, Kristine (Sean) Morris, Amanda Lewis, Micah (Amanda) Lewis, Daniel (Jenna) Lewis, Carrie Lewis (Anthony Sowers), Gina (Josh) Dibble, and Felicia Aliano, and his twelve great-grandchildren Braeden Bowles, Melynn Estes, Ethan Estes, Lukas Estes, Curtis Mills, Jared Mills, Conner Mills, Ryan Mills, Isabelle Morris, Jacob Morris, Nathan Lewis, and Ezra Dibble. Of great importance in his life were his ten nieces and nephews, Daniel (Janet) McGuffy, Fr. James McGuffey, Tina Gordon, Mary Beth Esparra, Robbie (Paula) McGuffey, Linda (Mitchell) St. Thomas, Diane (Kenneth) Kane, Barbara (Doren) Jacobs, Patti (Russell) Stern, and John Casciola who he loved as his own children. He is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mr. Sandee is a veteran of World War II, where he served as a member of the military police and as a medic. He grew up on Long Island, New York and married Lorraine Cornelius Sandee Lewis, who preceded him in death. Lorraine and Phil had three children, Lynn, Brian, and Lee. They relocated to Gibson, Pennsylvania with their family where Phil sold insurance for John Hancock and raised chickens. Later, Phil relocated alone back to Long Island where he worked for a local taxi company, first as a driver and then as a supervisor. A member of Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous, Phil was very proud of his sobriety of greater than four decades and his work as a sponsor in both organizations for many recovering addicts. Phil was also a very devout Catholic and shared his faith with all those he came in contact with often offering to pray with family and friends. Of great joy was hearing his nephew, Fr. James McGuffey say mass at St. Joseph Parish in Carteret, New Jersey.
The family would like to recognize the people in Phil’s life who took care of him in Freeport, New York and in Latonia, Kentucky. Thank you to Ian, Phil’s friend and building maintenance supervisor in Freeport. Ian checked in on Phil daily and contacted the family when Phil became ill. He continued to visit Phil until his move to Kentucky in February of 2015. We would also like to thank the exceptional staff of Rosedale Green in Latonia. Absolutely everyone we came in contact with at Rosedale was loving, compassionate, and completely dedicated to the best interest of Phil, aka Uncle Phil. All of the nurses at Rosedale were just simply amazing caretakers day in and day out answering our questions and taking the best care of Phil possible. We would like to thank Karen and Olivia as well as Jessica who were with us from start to finish and we’d like to thank Lena for making admission and checkout simple and comforting. Most importantly, we would like to thank Rich (aka Svenson). Rich took care of Phil as if he was his own relative, putting up with his crankiness in the mornings, saying Hail Mary’s with him when he was scared, and making him grilled cheese the “New York” way. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who made Phil’s final year and a half comfortable and full of love and laughter.
We will remember Phil most of all for his booming voice, his elaborate and entertaining stories, his wit, his love of family and all things Italian, and his die-hard dedication to the New York Yankees. May he rest comfortably in peace.

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18

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11:00 AM 7/18/2016 11:00:00 AM - 1:00 PM 7/18/2016 1:00:00 PM
Stith Funeral Homes - Florence

7500 U.S. Highway 42
Florence, KY 41042

Stith Funeral Homes - Florence
7500 U.S. Highway 42 Florence 41042 KY
United States

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Monday

18

Jul

1:00 PM 7/18/2016 1:00:00 PM
Stith Funeral Homes - Florence

7500 U.S. Highway 42
Florence, KY 41042

Stith Funeral Homes - Florence
7500 U.S. Highway 42 Florence 41042 KY
United States

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Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North Final Resting Place

205 Eibeck Lane
Williamstown, KY 41097

205 Eibeck Lane Williamstown 41097 KY
United States
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