Carla Santamaria

  • Died: June 15, 2018
  • Location: Newton, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458
Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Carla Santamaria, 51, passed away at her home in Newton, MA, on June 14, 2018. Carla was the daughter of Gail W. Fortin of Goshen, CT (stepfather, James Fortin) and father, Robert F. Santamaria (Judith Rossi Santamaria) of Harwinton, CT. Carla was born In Torrington, CT. She graduated from Springfield College and received her Master's degree in physical therapy from Boston University. For the last 25 years she has been a Senior Physical Therapist at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA, where she was loved and respected by her colleagues and patients.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her beloved daughter, Ella McSally of Newton, MA, her aunt and uncle, Jack and Lyn Wood of Ephratah, NY, her brother-in-law TR Nelson and niece and nephew, Christina and Ryan Nelson, all of New Hartford, CT. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lisa Nelson.

Carla will be remembered for being the very best of mothers to her daughter, Ella, and for her dedication to her career. Just as importantly, she was admired for her courage as she struggled with chronic depression and pain. She has asked that donations in her memory be made to the Chronic Pain Research Alliance or the Brain Behavior Research Foundation.
The family would like to thank friends, family and coworkers for their love and support.
There will be a celebration of life for Carla on October 6, 2018 at the American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California St., Newton, MA 02458 at 2:00 p.m.

Burial will be private at the family's convenience

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Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Carla through a dear friend close to 20 years ago. My son and her daughter Ella are 3 weeks apart and spent a great deal of time together when they were little. Carla and I shared many stages of parenting together. She will be missed for so many qualities. Wishing to nothing but peace Carla.

Posted by Alissa Pantano - Westwood, MA - Friend   July 02, 2018

I was so saddened to read of Carla and hope she may now be in peace. Candace Herpich (Pacholski)

Posted by Candace Pacholski - Harwinton, CT   June 29, 2018

Carla was my physical therapist a year ago. She was a wonderful therapist and a warm, caring person. May her memory always be a blessing. Sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Eva Radding - Newton, MA - Acquaintance   June 27, 2018

When we were young,I knew Carla when she lived on Torringford St. and I lived on Gaylord Lane in Torrington, Ct. We always enjoyed our time together. So sad to hear of her passing. With deepest condolences, Carla Della Donna Plummer

Posted by A friend   June 25, 2018

In early March, I became Carla's client at the NW Rehab facility. I would like to share my thoughts about Carla with her family and friends. During my very first visit, I felt a sense of comfort and trust that Carla was going to help me recover from recent surgery. I saw her twice a week until her passing and each time felt she was taking me forward toward full recovery. Carla always brought caring and professional understanding to me of what I needed to to do to move forward in the recovery process. I always felt that if she could work with me, adding more exercises with caring, I had to at least respect her commitment to my well being and do the plan she laid out for me before our next session.
Please know I cannot feel the depth of your paid at losing such a wonderful person, but I do hope you also know that I will always remember her for the assistance and warmth she gave to me and that she will always remain in many of our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Michael Sheff - Southboro, MA - Friend   June 21, 2018


Although I worked with Carla for two years, she was a beautiful woman inside and out. A caring person to her patients, colleagues and friends, and a loving mother to Ella. Carla, wherever you may be, you are greatly missed and loved! Be at peace, my friend!

Posted by Marie Li - Framingham, MA - Coworker   June 21, 2018


I knew Carla for only a few years when we were still in elementary school; although I will never forget the sleepover at her home. I thought she had the most creative and whimsical bedroom. We giggled a lot that night, much to her sisters dismay. Carla and I sat in her closet on blankets and I remember feeling like I was in a treehouse. We excitedly decided to write our names on the inside of her closet wall, and of course, we got an earful when we were "discovered". That memory has remained with me for 40+ years and I hope it was one Carla also remembered.

My sincere condolences to all of her family and friends. It sounds like she grew from a fun-loving girl into a remarkable woman. Godspeed and may peace be with you all.

Posted by Suzanne Verderame-Lockee - Travelers Rest, SC - Classmate   June 21, 2018

Carla was a beautiful young girl in high school, the envy of many of her classmates...she sat in front of me in physics and we would often laugh at the antics of our teacher! Beautiful, bright woman. Be at peace now old friend.

Posted by Lee Ann Dangelo - Torrington, CT - Classmate   June 20, 2018

Carla was not only a beloved colleague, but she was also my therapist! She was an amazing woman, and we often talked about her daughter, Ella, and how much fun she had when she was with her! She was always looking for something new to do with her! As a therapist, Carla got me back to my baseline painlessly! She was an amazing young woman, and I will miss her!

Posted by Carole Dowd - Newton, MA - Coworker   June 20, 2018

Carla was my wonderful, caring, loving friend for over 20 years. She was one of the kindest people I have ever known. I have so many cherished memories from our friendship. I am blessed to have had Carla in my life and will forever keep her in my heart. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family and all of the people who loved her.

Posted by Erin Olsen - Round Rock, TX - Friend   June 19, 2018

My heart goes out to your family. My thoughts and prayers To Ella Carla was one of the nicest people and she will be missed by many

Posted by Carmelina Ackerley - Newton, MA - Coworker   June 19, 2018


Words cannot express the shock and sadness that has filled me since the news of Carla's sudden passing. She was a close and dear friend who I am so proud to have known. I will forever miss her warmth and compassion. I will miss her beautiful smile, her bold laugh, and her free spirit. I will remember with such fondness memories like our adventure trips with our girls; skiing at Jay Peak, the 10 mile bike ride on The Cape (even with the meltdowns :), our Glow-in-the-Dark bowling nights, canoeing, our hike around Blue Hills... I will miss her gourmet home cooked meals and her fully stocked refrigerator, our long walks, our talks and her sensitive, caring and sometimes quiet way. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone else that Carla has touched and left behind. May she rest in Peace...

Posted by Jessica Brook - Auburndale, MA - Friend   June 19, 2018