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“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...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Alissa Pantano - Westwood, MA

“I was so saddened to read of Carla and hope she may now be in peace. Candace Herpich (Pacholski) ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Candace Pacholski - Harwinton, CT

“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...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Eva Radding - Newton, MA

“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....Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Michael Sheff - Southboro, MA

“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...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Marie Li - Framingham, MA

“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...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Suzanne Verderame-Lockee - SC

“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...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Lee Ann Dangelo - Torrington, CT

“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...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Carole Dowd - Newton, MA

“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...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Erin Olsen - Round Rock, TX

“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 ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Carmelina Ackerley - Newton, MA

“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...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jessica Brook - Auburndale, MA

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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