Guido J. Santella
Guido is the son of the late Guido Sr. and Mildred (Haser) Santella, and has a brother, Glenn Santella of San Diego Ca, and a sister, Lorraine, of Altoona. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Deborah (Shultz) Santella, who is also a licensed funeral director. Together they have two sons: Guido III (Andrea) and Paul, and two granddaughters, Isabelle and Ruby, who are a special joy in their lives.
Guido is a 1967 graduate of Altoona Area High School. He is also a graduate of Penn State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.
Guido’s avocation is dedicated to share the history of our fine community through tours of his displays through the funeral home facility. He has assisted in its folklore oral history project at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum and is a member of the Blair County Historical Society, where he was a past board member.
Guido’s involvement in scouting began years ago while receiving the Eagle Scout Award. Guido enjoys the outdoors and the value it teaches. He was active in Pack 15 and is currently the Assistant Scout Master with Troop 49, where he enjoys teaching the citizenship of merit badges, as well as, camping in the outdoors. He has also been a past District Chairman.
Guido is also a member of the Blair County Antique Auto Club, where he takes great pride in restoring his father’s 1956 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo and 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood Hearse. He also owns a 1966 Fleetwood Cadillac owned by the late Mr. Leslie E. Axe, who used it as a lead car for his funeral home during the late 60’s and 70’s. Him and his wife enjoy taking the cars to various events and parades.
Guido is a member of the Keystone Funeral Director’s Association, where he served as past-President. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania and National Funeral Director Associations.