Dominick P. Santavicca

September 24, 1922 - August 16, 2018

09/24/1922 - 08/16/2018

Past Services

Sunday August 19, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Sunday August 19, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Shadyside Chapel
3900 Central Avenue
Shadyside, Ohio 43947
740-676-4310 | Directions
Monday August 20, 2018
11:00 am

Monday August 20, 2018
12:00 pm
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Guardian Angel Mausoleum
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-2426 | Directions

Dominick P. Santavicca, lifelong Ohio Valley resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from natural causes. He was 95.

Mr. Santavicca was a great man from the Greatest Generation. Born September 24, 1922 in Bellaire, Ohio – a son of Giovanni Santavicca (Abruzzii, Italy) and Maria Ruggiero DeFranke Santavicca (Puglia, Italy).

Dominick was raised during The Great Depression – graduating from Bellaire High School and the Elliott School of Business. He served in the U.S. Third Army during World War II under General George Patton. Dominick stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day – and fought throughout France and Germany, including at the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Santavicca was a 30-year employee of the Wheeling Steel Corporation (at the Beech Bottom Works). He started on the assembly line, working the blast furnace – and he finished as the plant’s Superintendent of shipping, receiving, and warehousing. Dominick was the Vice-President of his steelworker’s union, and he received special recognition for the invention of an innovative piece of heavy machinery his men nicknamed “The Big Boom.”

Dominick next spent six years as an executive for Picoma Industries. He was especially pleased at the prospect of earning a second pension. Even after all that, the leisure of retirement did not suit him. Throughout his 70s Dominick worked as a certified tax preparer and as a real estate agent for Castle Realty.

Mr. Santavicca was a self-taught craftsman. He could build a house from the first shovel of foundation dirt to the last roof nail. And more than once he did. Over the course of six decades Dominick carefully acquired rental properties, taking great pride in impeccably maintaining them for his tenants.

He liked living in Shadyside. He loved living on Lincoln Ave. Dominick was an officer for the Sons of Italy 754, a member of American Legion Post 521, and a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church. He never wallowed in the past – though he would joyfully share memories of foxtrotting the night away with his teenage pals at the Bellaire dance halls.

Dominick was a adamant proponent of higher education for his children and grandchildren – and he was gratified that those aspirations were realized. Friends were touched by Dominick’s generosity of time and effort. His family’s lives were changed by his selfless giving.

Later in life Dominick worked out at the gym with passion and persistence – continuing well into his 90s. He was nothing less than a marvel, featured in the newspaper and local magazines for his level of fitness. Exercise not only invigorated Dominick physically, but also spiritually through the many meaningful friends he made at the Howard Long Wellness Center.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Vincenza (Vena) D’Alessandro Santavicca; five sisters: Jenny Pappano, Rosina Filigno, Lucile Hoeft, Mabel De Franke, and Esther Paulette; two brothers: Nicholas DeFranke and Angelo DeFranke.

Dominick is survived by one son: John (Judith) Santavicca of Florence, KY; one daughter: Tina (James) Busack of Shadyside; two grandsons: Randall (Mary) Busack of Las Vegas, NV and Nicholas Santavicca of New Bedford, MA; two granddaughters: Alecia Huston of Copley, OH and Julia (Nick) Love of Villa Hills, KY; three great grandchildren: Alianna, Elena, and Michael Huston of Copley, OH.

Dominick would often playfully sing this song to a lucky grandchild: “If you knew (name) , like I know (name) , Oh – Oh – Oh what a (guy/gal) . It was never clear if he knew that those words applied to him most of all.

Family and friends will be received from 2-4pm & 6-8 pm Sunday at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3900 Central Avenue, Shadyside, OH. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be held a 11am Monday at St Mary Catholic Church Shadyside with Fr. Mathew Gossett officiating.
Entombment will follow at Guardian Angel Mausoleum at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Bellaire, OH.

Vigil service 7:30pm Sunday.

Belmont County Veterans Association will conduct graveside Military services.

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hunter giacometti
5 years ago

Dear Tina, my thoughts have been with you.

The Schreiber’s
5 years ago

Wish we could’ve been there. There was no one like Papa D! He will forever be in our hearts ❤️

james prato
5 years ago

My condolences to the entire family. God bless.

Shaun Orr
5 years ago

I rented off Dominick a long time ago. He was 1 of the greatest landlords that I ever had over the years, He always had a witty comment when he knew that I was having a bad day to get me to smile. Heaven gained a special angel, Thoughts & prayers to his family.

Shaun Orr
5 years ago

He was definitely 1 of the best landlords I ever had over the years. He always had a witty comment to give that would get me laughing when I was having a rough day. Thoughts & prayers to his family. Heaven gained a special angel.

Dina Cruciotti Boies
5 years ago

A little something I wrote for Papa D

If I only had a few more minutes
I would be able to say all the things I want to say. Like how lucky and blessed I am to have had the opportunity to have such an uplifting, loving, funny man in my life.

I never got to tell you how much you and Nina mean to me
Or that you were one of the best men I ever knew
How I admired your dedication to your family
How I was overwhelmed by your love for life
How my day was brightened from your laugh

If I only had a few more minutes
I would laugh again with you one last time
I’d tell you how much I will miss you
I would give you one more hug
I’d kiss you on your forehead
And thank you for your love

If I only have a few more minutes
I’d tell you how You impacted so many peoples life and how you smile lit up the room
I would tell you that you are a precious gift from God

If I only a few more more minutes
I’d thank you for your courage
I would thank you for your humor
Most of all I thank you for your memories

Before I knew it God had called you home to be with him and Nina
But you didn’t leave us alone
We are here with our previous memories of you
We are here with your love

We are here with your spirit
continuing to be by our side watching over us,
our angel

Larry and Lillian Siebieda
5 years ago

Tina, Jim and all of Dom’s family members. So sorry for your loss. Dom was an inspiration to many. May he rest in peace.

Cheryl J Skinner, WV Patriot Guard
5 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Dominick P. Santavicca, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Dominick P. Santavicca, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Remo DiFranco
5 years ago

Dear Mr. Busack, Mrs. Busack, Randy, Mary, Alecia, Alianna, Elena, and Michael,
You have my deepest sympathy for passing of PaPaD. He was such a loving man. His smile lit up the room, and I loved his charm and personality. He had a beautiful zest for life and was a joy to be around. I was honored to have known him and felt privileged to have spent the time I spent with him.
God Bless PaPaD and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.