Francisca Santana

Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on July 1, 1936

Departed on October 1, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mrs. Francisca Santana age 84, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Mrs. Santana was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on July 1, 1936, the daughter of the late Evaristo Nazario and Paula Monell Nazario. She lived in Puerto Rico as a child and later moved to Paterson, New Jersey where she met the love of her life. Then after retirement her and her husband had a farm in Puerto Rico. When Mr. Santana passed away, she lived in Palm Bay, Florida, and then resided in Hendersonville, TN. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from William Patterson University. She enjoyed singing and sewing. Mrs. Santana had a good sense of humor and was very family oriented. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Florida. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Santana was preceded in death by her husband, Tomas Santana, Sr. and a son, Gene Santana.

Survivors include her three children, Tomas Santana, Jr. (Elsie), Elizabeth Meyer (Emmanuel), and Lillian Caldwell (Pat); nine grandchildren, Tomas Junior Santana, Ashley Ann Santana, Tomas David Meyer, Daniel Joseph Meyer, Christopher Bryan Caldwell, Melissa Mae Caldwell, Amy Santana Tomasello, Joshua Santana, and Khiyah Yael Santana; three great-grandchildren, Christopher Joshua Tucker Santana, Katie Lynn Meyer, and Addison Meyer; and four sisters, Lucy Martinez (Eliezar), Elizabeth Perlta, Mary Hernandez, Raquel Nazario. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 2:00 P.M., Hendersonville Funeral Home.

Gathering of Family & Friends will be held Wednesday from noon until the funeral hour at Hendersonville Funeral Home.

Flowers accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Veranda Ministries, Inc. 650 Nashville Pike Suite 7A, Gallatin, TN 37066.

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9 Comments to Francisca Santana

  1. Cynthia Way
    October 4, 2020 8:03 am

    Francisca was a blessing to know. She brought joy and happiness to the Veranda. The minute she walked in the door she shared the love of our Lord with her smile and sweet spirit. We all loved her. My favorite memory will always be when she joined singing upfront. I am thankful our lives touched . Heaven is rejoicing ! Love and Prayers to her family.

    Cynthia Way

  2. Dee Watson
    October 4, 2020 12:33 pm

    My favorite memories of tia panchi were friday night youth vespers in paterson spanish church on temple street where she would have a short devotions and music . I loved the song of “the train” . At the end she would add “Choo -Choo”.

    Rest in peace Tia Panchi! Till we meet again at the tree of life…. Love, Dee Watson

  3. Deborah
    October 4, 2020 6:14 pm

    She was a sweet lady! I cared for her as a nurse, she will be missed.

  4. Judy Astacii
    October 5, 2020 11:08 am

    My Aunt Panchy was an awesome Mom extraordinaire. A sweet and gentle soul and spirit that touched everyone who came in contact with her. A generous, loving, God fearing woman that lived life to the fullest.. During my difficult times she was my rock. Now she will reside in the house of the Lord with her beloved husband, son and sisters. Rest in Paradise Tía sing among the Angels. Forever in my heart never to be forgotten.

    Much Love Judy, Junito and Arr.

  5. POP
    October 6, 2020 9:57 am

    Having Panchita as a friend and coworker in the education system was a blessing. She was more than a friend she was family. The love, passion and dedication she had toward the children in school was absolutely beautiful. She was a wonderful lady that was always full of joy, singing, telling her jokes & riddles. It was an honor to have known her. She will be greatly missed!

  6. Ashley Santana
    October 6, 2020 6:14 pm

    We had too many good memories from the house in Paterson to Tennessee. I remember we always used to go to sizzlers to eat. My brother and I helping you with the gardening at the house in Puerto Rico. The family reunions and you used to always sing. So many memories that can’t ever be forgotten. I’m going to miss you so much grandma. I’m truly blessed that you got to spend time with your great grandson. Watch over us and make your way back to grandpa.
    Your granddaughter

  7. Arlene Prowse
    October 7, 2020 12:15 pm

    My Aunt Panchi steered my life in the right direction. She was my second mother. She set my feet upon the knowledge of Jesus. When my heart hurt, she listened and gave me advice. She taught me that wisdom comes from God. She was a wise woman. My heart is broken that she is gone. Her sleep is temporary. When the trumpet sounds she will be going home. She will be going to the mansion he has prepared for her. Thank God we have this Blessed hope and that she taught me to have it. Amen
    I love you forever

    • Melissa Santana
      October 7, 2020 1:18 pm

      I have been blessed to have known mom for almost 4 decades and in that time it was clear that the joy of the Lord was her strength. She prayed until she saw the promises of God come to pass for herself and for her family. Morning noon and night you could hear her sing praises to God. She had a vibrant personality full of life and her family, both immediate and extended, meant the world to her. The joy that she will feel and how her eyes will light up when she hears from God well done good and faithful servant. She will be missed by all very deeply. Until we meet again in heaven. With all of my love, Melissa Santana – daughter in law

  8. Elizabeth Meyer
    October 11, 2020 3:16 pm

    Oh, Mom. You were the biggest blessing in my life! You raised us in a house that was always full of singing and laughing….and the occasional discipline when we needed it! You were the fierce lioness that always protected and nurtured her rambunctious cubs. Short, but MIGHTY was the perfect description of you… You exemplified the love of Jesus in the way that you helped and cared for others. Your school children were really blessed to have had you as a teacher, mentor and protector.
    All the grand kids and great-grandkids were super special to her. They always loved to go visit, whether it was in New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Florida or Tennessee.
    I miss you so much. I am waiting for that day when we will be reunited, along with Pop and Gene. Ely, Lily and Tom Santana

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