Philip J. Santoro, 65, spa manager, gardener

April 09, 2003

Philip J. Santoro, a former spa manager and gardener, died of a heart attack Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Perry Hall resident was 65.

Mr. Santoro was born in Vasto, Italy, and moved with his family to Baltimore in 1940. He was raised in Little Italy and graduated from St. Leo's Parochial School and Patterson High School.

He was a steelworker for 19 years at Armco Steel in East Baltimore before joining Spa Lady as a manager. He managed the health club's Baltimore facilities until retiring in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Santoro enjoyed gardening and was known for his tomatoes, which he gave away to family and friends. He also liked fishing. An accomplished carpenter, he built his former three-bedroom home in Chase.

He was a communicant of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 6737 Youngstown Ave., Dundalk, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today.

Mr. Santoro is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Clotilde Bozzolli; two sons, Philip L. Santoro of Baltimore and Mark M. Santoro of White Marsh; two daughters, Linda Santoro of Gotham, Conn., and Loridana Lee of Baltimore; three brothers, Michael J. Santoro, Victor C. Santoro and Robert A. Santoro, all of Baltimore; three sisters, Theresa Krause of Baltimore, Elena Santoro of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Annamarie Dailey of Sparks; and two grandchildren.

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