Pierre Antoine Santelé, of Mora, died peacefully at his home on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. He was 90 years old.
He was born Nov. 16, 1929 in Lauwe, Belgium to Achiele and Valentine (Vanlerberghe) Santelé. When he was 11 years old, World War II began, and he and his family survived the war. After the war, he served in the Belgian Armed Forces for two years. He then pursued training in horticulture which he used to start his own tobacco factory. For many years, he sold tobacco at the open market in Brussels Square and never missed a Sunday.
In 1969, he moved his family including three sons to America to begin a new venture and later was proud to become an American citizen. He was a true entrepreneur and was never afraid to take a risk.
His next endeavor brought him, and his wife Roxanne, to Las Vegas, Nevada. In Las Vegas, they started a wrought iron business which he ran until they returned to Minnesota with their three children in 1996. He retired and spent his time gardening, logging and supporting his wife with her businesses especially at the Crazy Ladies House. He spent many hours greeting people, riding in parades and promoting the business. He loved to tell a good story or a funny joke, and he always knew how to bring out a smile in people. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Antoine and Joseph Santelé.
He is survived by his wife, Roxanne; children, Lieven (Trudy), Stephen (Mary Jane), Chris (Marianne), Michelle (Bill) Lewin, Joshua and Alexia (Alex) Fox; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, Mia VanMarcke, Lucien Santelé, Godelieve Delier, Francoise Brocard and Simonne Corne; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com