Joseph A. Santovenia, age 30, died unexpectedly on March 17, 2022. He attended local New Smyrna Beach schools and was active in scouting, band, drama and karate. He was very intelligent, talented, funny and a fast learner. Joseph was a hard worker who cooked or served at many local restaurants before and after becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. He had a gift for helping ease people’s pain using the massage therapy skills he acquired. For those who could not afford treatment, he would provide therapy free of charge.
As a young man, Joseph learned what the bible teaches and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He had a heart of service and compassion and gave what he could to help others--Joseph would stop on the side of the road to help stranded drivers. He would also bring needy teens home for a hot meal and a safe place to stay. He was sensitive, kind and loving. He often spent time at the beach or in nature and captured many wonderful pictures of God’s creation. Joseph will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
Joseph is survived by his parents, Pedro and Gina Santovenia and sister, Sandra Santovenia. Other survivors are his uncle Jorge Gomes, aunt Carmen Romanowski and first cousins, Christopher (Amanda) Gomes, Alyssa (fiancée Jeremy) Gomes and Cathyann (Nathan) Ealy. Joseph was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Antonio and Aida Gomes and Paternal grandparents, Pedro E. and Edy Santovenia. He is survived also by numerous cousins and relatives in the USA and Brazil.
I Thessalonians 4:13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
The family invites you to join them for an informal Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at the Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach between 10:00 a.m. and 12 Noon. The family hopes you can stop by, share pictures and stories and enjoy some food with them.
Donations may be made in Joseph Santovenia's name to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Web: http://www.stjude.org/
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105