Josephine Cecala Santercole, 80, who worked for 20 years with Buffalo State College food services as a cook and server, died Tuesday (July 22, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Suburban hospital after a short illness.
A native of Buffalo, she attended city schools. During the 1950s and '60s, she was foster parent to a dozen children.
"She spent her whole life helping others," said her godson, Frank Cecala. "She helped raise funds for the orphaned children in Italy. She walked to Buffalo State during the big blizzard of 1977 from her West Side home to make sure that any students who made it in would have something to eat. Her work ethic was an inspiration to all of us."
She retired in the mid-1980s and took care of her terminally ill husband, Daniel, until his death of cancer six years ago. She then began caring for her sick sister-in-law, performing that responsibility until Mrs. Santercole's death.
A member of Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, she was active in many of the church's activities.
Survivors include a son, Eugene of the Town of Tonawanda; a daughter, Elaine Santercole of Buffalo; a brother, Paul Cecala of Buffalo; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 438 Dewitt St. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.