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November 11, 1936 to November 8, 2020 Santo Zito passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 8, 2020 surrounded by his wife and close family. He was just three days shy of his 84th birthday. Santo was born in Chiusa Sclafani, a small town in Sicily, on November 11, 1936 to Giuseppa and Antonino Zito. Thanks to his mother who was born in Chicago in 1908, Santo was given the right of US Citizenship, which transferred to him automatically. This spurred his adventurous side as he sought the American dream of exploring this great country. Thus, he moved to Chicago in 1958, and returned to Sicily 2 years later to marry the love of his life, Josephine. Together they returned to America in 1960 and eventually settled in North Tustin and raised a family to include 3 married daughters, and 8 grandchildren. As a vivacious member of the Orange County community, Santo became a business owner, and helped Italian family members and friends find employment and assisted them in finding a place to settle. Santo was a member of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation and generously gave of his time and energy to help raise money for the hospital. As a proud Italian-American, he was also a member of the Sons of Italy and the Italian Trade Commission importing Italian food products to not only the US, but other countries as well so others can enjoy the wonderful foods of Italy. The true light and joy in Santo's life came from his family, which he considered "perfect in all ways." His unconditional love, strength, heartfelt warmth and steadfast support as a husband, a brother, an uncle, father, and grandfather were given unselfishlya true gift and treasured legacy to be passed on. He will be missed enormously by family, friends and community. His memory forever honored as a beautiful man of style, grace and generosity with a joyful spirit. A memorial mass celebrated in Santo's honor was held on November 18, 2020 at St. Cecilia's Church, 1301 Sycamore Ave., Tustin, CA 92780. The family has designated St. Joseph Hospital Foundation for memorial contributions. Please visit www.sjofoundation.org for more information or to donate.
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