Santina Bellace


Santina (Sandy/Didi) Bellace (née Mami).

Everybody loved Swedesboro’s smiling lady. Didi’s family, friends and countless people always eagerly came for a visit to her home to enjoy a great cup of coffee, be comforted by her endearing life lessons and unwavering Christian faith or Sandy’s diplomatic listening ways and welcomed advice. People would leave her home with keepsake “smileys” to remind them of her prayers, hugs & smiles to carry in their hearts forever.

She and her husband, the late Charles (Charlie’s Barber Shop) moved to Swedesboro in 1946. Didi was devoted to family, Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and Grammar School.  She was a past member of Altar and Rosary Society, PTA, Legion of Mary, Swedesboro Lions Women’s Auxiliary, membership chair for the founding of Swedesboro Lake Assoc., den mother for Cub Scout Pack 213 and a Swedesboro Little League team mom.

Didi worked at her father’s bakery in South Philly and caught the eye of the young Charles “Chip” Bellace. Turns out the whole neighborhood knew they were perfect for each other; the last who needed convincing was Didi. Their marriage was blessed with children, Philip (Christine), Charles, Rosemarie and grandchildren, Christa, Philip, Gabriell, Sondra Marie, and Roman. Didi was loved by all her nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren. She is the loving sister and aunt of the Frank Mami,  Antoinette Pinto and Arthur Mami families.

Come celebrate 100 great years Wednesday, January 31 at St. Joseph’s Church, Swedesboro where Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m, and viewing will be 6-8 p.m. and Thursday, February 1, 10-10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Swedesboro. Donations in lieu of flowers to Eternal World Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale AL, 35210 will be appreciated.


12 thoughts on “Santina Bellace

  1. Mike Walker

    My heart and soul goes out to the Beliace family. Santina was a wonderful woman surrounded in love by a wonderful daughter, family, and “Buddy”. Her smile lit up the room and just talking for a few moments to her on the phone always made my day. Godspeed Santina. Spread your joy across Heaven.

  2. Robert, Claudia and children Claxton

    Our hearts are sadden by this news. We never got to meet in person, but we felt as though we were family through Facebook and photos. May you have a speedy flight to the arms of Jesus. We love you and ask for you to watch over us.
    The Claxton’s

  3. Galina Isacova&Vladimir Delcarpio

    Lovely, friendly, with a kind smile, a woman who always laughed gaily at the jokes of Mary Sorbello … Now you are together again … Remember, love and mourn …

  4. Cindy and Jerry Kruger

    We’re so sorry for your loss. A truly loving and lovely person. I will always remember how kind she was when I called looking for Rosie with the sad news of my mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Tom and Wade

    Phil, Rosemarie, Charles and families,

    Wade and I are sorry about the loss of your mom. I remember her as being a very pleasant and positive person and a great friend to my grand mom Catherine. Are thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Joseph & Teresa Sarbello

    So sorry for your loss – Santina was such an amazing person and we’re sure she is keeping Mary company in Heaven! We’ll be making a contribution to EWTN as per request.

  7. Christopher & Lori Wilbraham

    Phil, Rosie, and Charlie,

    Lori and I are so sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in our prayers. Heaven has gained another angel to watch over us. God bless.

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