Kimberley Jo Douglas-Santilli, age 56, of Bode, Iowa passed away on Sunday, October 6th at the Kossuth County Regional Hospital following a sudden illness.
Kimberley was born August 28, 1963 in Tampa, Florida, the first daughter of four to Robert “Bud” and Beverly (Jenkins) Douglas of Bode. Kim attended and graduated from Gulf High School in 1981 in New Port Richey Florida. In High school Kim was member of the National Honor Society receiving a full college scholarship to study Latin American Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Kim, instead married the love of her life, John Patrick Santilli on May 24, 1982. After their marriage, she worked for the telephone company in Clear Water, Florida and then the couple moved the Illinois/Wisconsin area where her husband served in the Navy as a Petty Class Officer. After finishing serving the military the couple moved to Florida where Kim attended Keiser University in Sarasota Florida where she became certified in medical coding and transcription. In 2011, they moved to Bode, Iowa. She was an avid community volunteer, as member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the treasurer of the Bode Community Club, Uffda Daze Organizer, Memorial Day Program, Poppy Seed Sale Fundraising, Santa Day, ALA Post 524, ALA Post 524 as the Junior Member Leader Auxiliary and other civic organizations. Kim’s greatest achievement and purpose in life was being a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandma (Mema) and sister, aunt, niece and cousin to her close-nit family.
Kim enjoyed sunrises and sunsets, fall colors, the first snowfall, her children’s smiles and watching the seasons yield fruit and flowers in her garden she loved so much,
sticking her toes in the sand on trips home to Florida and thrift store shopping hoping to find a rare cookie jar or piggy bank to add to her collection usually only to find little treasures to give her loved ones for no reason but love.
She is survived by her husband John “Pat” Santilli of Bode; Hope Santilli and Nicholas Santilli of Bode, her Grandson Robert Dean Santilli, by her parents Robert “Bud” and Beverly Douglas of Bode; her sisters Robin Douglas Kinnan of Humboldt and Lindsay Michele Douglas of Bode, her spouses daughter Patricia Lynn Santilli Thomas and her husband John Thomas and their children Marisa, Kyle and Mia of Florida and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Tami and Mark Couture of St. Cloud Florida, her nephews Robby Douglas of New Port Richey, Logan and Dustin Reinhardt of Indiana, Zachary Douglas of Washington, Jay Kinnan of Humboldt and her great nephew Jacobie Stoneking of Bode. Her nieces Lacey (Colby Stoneking) Douglas and Cierra Nicole Douglas of Bode along with many special friends. She is predeceased by her little sister Lisa Douglas who passed away October 2012.
Kim will be deeply missed by those who were fortunate to have met, known and loved such a beautiful selfless, loyal and loving soul.
The service will be at the Mason-Lindhart Funeral Home in Humboldt at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11 with burial following at St. Olaf Cemetery in Bode.