Francis “Butch” Santicola, 74, of Moon Township. Passed away on February 15, 2018. He was born in Oakmont, on November 13, 1943 the son of the late Marius & Agnes (Rantucci) Santicola.
Butch grew up in Oakmont and earned his B.S. from I.U.P. where he was a proud member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. He obtained his Masters from the University of Pittsburgh. He began his career as a teacher in the Aliquippa School District where he was the President of the Aliquippa Education Association. He eventually went on to work as the Director of Organizing & Communications for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), where he retired after 43 years. He was an active member of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp. Butch was an officer of National Staff Organization, the President of PSEA Staff Organization, a former member of the board of directors for the charitable group The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, a former Chairman of the Moon Twp. Democratic Party, and was the current host of The Education Watchdog, a syndicated show as part of the Union Edge Laborers Talk Radio. Butch was a tireless advocate for teachers and laborers everywhere and an energized, engaging and unwavering person who will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Butch was honored with the Adler Friend of Education award in 2017.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, April (Benasutti) Santicola. He was the proud father of two children: Michael F. Santicola (Michele) of Moon Twp. & Amy (Santicola) Gift of Moon Twp, loving Papa to four grandchildren: Anna Gift, Zachary Gift, Michael M. Santicola & Sarah Santicola. He is also survived by brothers, Ronald Santicola and Henry Santicola & sister Judy Leger and sister-in-law, Michele Benasutti, as well as many very special nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Butch was a coach and ardent supporter of all his children’s activities and became an enthusiastic supporter of his grandchildren’s activities.
In addition to his parents, Butch was preceded in death by a brother, Marius Santicola Jr and an infant son, Scott.
Friends will be received on Sunday February 18 from 1-5pm & Monday February 19 from 2-4 & 6-8pm in the Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Moon Twp. (1522 Coraopolis Hts. Rd.) Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10AM in St. Margaret Mary Parish, Moon Twp. (Everyone please meet at the church) Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Hopewell Twp.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to: Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh (2821 Sarah St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203).