Feb. 24, 1931 - Feb. 2, 2013
SYRACUSE — Aurelio Santiago Sr., 81, of Syracuse, died Saturday, Feb. 2, at Elkhart Hospice House.
He was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Cayey, Puerto Rico, to the late Augustin and Eusevia (Diaz) Santiago.
A daughter, Eda Taylor, and a son-in-law, Robert L. Kramer, also preceded him in death.
On Feb. 2, 1958, he married Benita Negron in Chicago.
Survivors include his wife; children Esther Kramer of Lake Wawasee, Neraida (Pastor Terry) Cochran of Elkhart, Angelo (Michele) and Gabriel (Gretchen), both of Goshen, and Aurelio Jr. (Lindy) Santiago of Middlebury; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two brothers and three sisters in Puerto Rico.
Aurelio worked at A.J. Miller & Sons and at ESI Meats in Bristol. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
A celebration of Aurelio’s life will be at noon Thursday, Feb. 7, at New Creation Fellowship, 30190 C.R. 10, Granger, where friends may visit with the family for one hour prior. At his request, cremation has taken place.
Arrangements are under the direction of Billings Funeral Home, Elkhart.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Creation Fellowship in his memory.