Estela Maria Santana

Estela Maria Santana, a longtime resident of the Bronx,  went on to eternal life with our Lord on December 29, 2022.

Mrs. Santana was born April 14, 1938 in Haina, Dominican Republic to the late Estanilado Santana and Leonor Carmona. She immigrated to the United States in the 1960’s settling down in New York City seeking a better future. She worked as a seamstress and a home attendant caring for the elders. She was an avid catholic and member of Our Lady of Solace/St. Dominic Church. She loved gardening and had a plant of almost every kind. Growing her own herbs was her specialty. She had an infectious smile that lite up any room. Caring, loving, kind, humble, very funny, generous. She was a great cook and was known for her delicious pastelitos, fried chicken, lasagna, meatballs and the famous “arepa de Estela”.

She is survived by her daughter Annette and her husband Domingo; her son Julio and his wife Monica; her four grandchildren Julian, Nyah, Dylan and Angelie; and two great-grandkids Julian Mason and Janaris. She leaves behind a brother Miguel and a sister Milagros as well as nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Visiting will be Thursday from 4-8pm, with a service at 7pm, at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends wishing to attend the visitation virtually may do so by clicking the following link at any time during the visitation Santana Virtual Visitation  Interment will be Friday at St. Raymond’s Cemetery, 2600 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx.



  1. Rumaldo y Homayra Pineda on January 4, 2023 at 10:22 am

    Estela siempre estará en nuestro corazones!

  2. Jocelin ALVAREZ on January 4, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    Always I will remember you for you smile and kindness,. Rest in peace

  3. Luz and Raymond Ramos- Figueroa on January 5, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Mamá as I called youthe precious moment we spend together was of laughter and joy to hear your stories sitting while we ate together. Rest peaceful and May the angel play their trumpets in your walk to our Lords kingdom and eternal life.

  4. Johanna Placeres on January 5, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    Doña Estela was a beautiful Lady inside and out, always with a smile, very kind, loving, she dressed impeccable with a lot of natural Elegance. Doña Estela made the best Arepa and the best Pastelitos. Doña Estela will always be in our hearts with that sincere smile. We will miss you. R.I.P Doña Estela era una Dama hermosa por dentro y por fuera, siempre con una sonrisa, muy amable, cariñosa, Vestía impecablemente con mucha Elegancia Natural. Doña Estela hizo la mejor Arepa y los mejores Pastelitos .Doña Estela siempre estará en nuestros corazones con una sonrisa sincera.Te extrañaremos. Descansa en Paz

  5. Yahaira y Henry Batista on January 5, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    I will always remember Doña Estela’s great smile, her kindness and her wonderful arepa. Que Dios la tenga en la gloria y que descanse en paz!

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