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
To share a memory of Carla, please visit www.eatonandmackay.com
Saturday, October 06