Matea Saavedra Santiago, 82, of New Britain, and San German, Puerto Rico, widow of Jose A. Santiago, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, surrounded by her loving family. Born in San German, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Joaquin Saavedra and Antonia Arroyo. Matea was a New Britain resident for over 50 years and was a member of St. Mary Church.
Surviving are her children, Jose A. Santiago and his wife, Sonja, Jaime Santiago and his wife, Lydia, Adam L. Santiago, Luis A. Santiago, Carmen J. Santiago, Albert Santiago, Alex Santiago, and Amalya Santiago Leonard and her husband, Michael R. Leonard; her brothers and sisters, Luis Saavedra, Ramona Cruz, Carmen Arroyo, Maria Santos, Ada Rivera, Maria Ayala, and Maria Santana; twenty grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two daughters, Nelly Santiago and Maria Del Carmen Santiago; four brothers, Jeronimo Saavedra, Alejandro Saavedra, Efrain Saavedra, and Joaquin Saavedra.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, 411 South Main St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home. Please share a memory of Matea with the family in the online guestbook at ericksonhansen.com