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“One of my fondest memories of Jake was at Hayley's Birthday party at Brewster's Ice Arena. Plenty of kids, laughter and in some cases fear, as a lot...Read More »
1 of 61 | Posted by: Aaron Calloway - Somers, NY

“Jake- kind, caring, considerate, always the first to help someone when they needed it. A big, bright smile for everyone! You will be missed terribly...Read More »
2 of 61 | Posted by: Aunt Janice - family

“One time Jake and I were in the bookstore in Florida and I really wanted to buy a stuffed porcupine and bear but I could only afford one. So I got...Read More »
3 of 61 | Posted by: Hayley - family

“I remember when we would hang out in Florida and we would just lay in grandma and grandpas room and just sit and watch anime. How every 2 minutes I...Read More »
4 of 61 | Posted by: Katie - family

“Dear JakeI had known you for a very short time but I never feel like that.Why? I think its because your father always told me about you .. I wish I...Read More »
5 of 61 | Posted by: Harumi Yamamo - Rye brook, NY

“Out of all the memories we shared, one of my favorites would be the time we found a toy truck in a rental car. We were on our way to the airport and...Read More »
6 of 61 | Posted by: Emily - family

“Jake was a true warrior and we will miss him terribly. Ryan and Aiden still talk about visiting him last summer and playing his claw machine in the...Read More »
7 of 61 | Posted by: Chrissy, Craig, Ryan & Aiden

“I remember one time when Jake and I were in CVS. He was holding his Peppa Pig stuffed animal when we came across a tower filled with the exact same...Read More »
8 of 61 | Posted by: Kelsey - NY - family

“I miss going down to florida with Jake and walking home on the beach with him. I miss him burning down all my Minecraft houses and even though i...Read More »
9 of 61 | Posted by: Sydney - NY - family

“Jake was a real trooper - so strong to have to face the ups and downs everyday of his illness. We learned a lot from Jake and will miss him terribly....Read More »
10 of 61 | Posted by: Diane and Mike Spinelli - family

“The toughest, coolest kid with a heart of gold. Jake, your kind and gentle ways reminded me of an old soul. Heaven has one very special Angel. Rest...Read More »
11 of 61 | Posted by: Joanie Spota - Mahopac, NY

“I miss your infectious smile, your funny sense of humor and your great big heart. I will miss you forever. Love you Jake ❤ ”
12 of 61 | Posted by: Aunt Jill - family

“I stand here today with a broken heart. The loss of a child is something I could never have prepared for. Even during this past week, under...Read More »
13 of 61 | Posted by: robert santoriella - brooklyn, NY

“We will talk like we always did .......... We will smile like we always did .......... We will even joke like we always did .......... For fear of...Read More »
14 of 61 | Posted by: Abuelo

“I remember Cristina telling me it was a mistake that led them to Pawling Hockey, we are so glad it did. As twins themselves, my daughters had a...Read More »
15 of 61 | Posted by: Pat Ravert - Carmel, NY

“We remember visiting Jake and family in NYC several times and going to the museum, zoo, lunch and sight seeing. He was always so happy and the girls...Read More »
16 of 61 | Posted by: Jayne & Alex Rodriguez - Miami, FL

“Jake , you were a kind, gentle soul who loved people . Matthew loved you so much . I'm blessed to have been in your life for the past 14 years. Rest...Read More »
17 of 61 | Posted by: Lisa Krycerick - Yorktown Heights, NY

“Jake will always have a special place in my heart, love you always ❤ ”
18 of 61 | Posted by: Paula Ahern - Mahopac, NY

“We are so saddened by the deep loss of Jake. A bright light has left us but he is now a shining star in the heavens. Our thoughts are with you, Rob...Read More »
19 of 61 | Posted by: Tina & Harry Sidoli - NY - Friend

“My beautiful nephew Jake, I love you forever & always. Thank you for my sign ❤ I know you will always be with us. ”
20 of 61 | Posted by: Auntie Iz - Bohemia, NY - Family

“I remember Jake and Chase from St. John's kindergarten we got such a kick out of the them. Twins yet different. Jake was was a kind kid he was a...Read More »
21 of 61 | Posted by: Patricia Wolfsie - Denver, CO

“My deepest sympathies go out to The Santoriella Family. May God give you the peace that you seek. ”
22 of 61 | Posted by: Rebecca Leone-Evans - Buford, GA

“We are maternal grandmother's classmates and learned to know about Jake's fight against leukemia through our friends Tania and Felipe. Beautiful...Read More »
23 of 61 | Posted by: Becky and Rolando Leon - Houston, TX

“from the first day of first grade jake was a bright light making everyday a positive one. i could always count on him for a laugh and a smile...Read More »
24 of 61 | Posted by: brianna ortiz - Oviedo, FL

“This year I proudly wore Jakes' initials JS on my lacrosse helmet, cleats and gloves. I wore his name proudly, I truly believe that from myself and a...Read More »
25 of 61 | Posted by: Hunter Trippodo - Mahopac, NY

“We met Jake and Chase in 2nd grade. Mrs. Fierstein's class. The class with all the boys. They were a handful. But that class developed amazing...Read More »
26 of 61 | Posted by: Laurie Kaufman - Mahopac, NY

“I never kept in touch after but I have memories with Jake from elementary school. I remember being bullied and none of the girls liked me, but Jake...Read More »
27 of 61 | Posted by: Maya Montalvo

“I met Jake in 6th grade and I was very awkward around new people which usually made people awkward back, except for Jake he would always be the one...Read More »
28 of 61 | Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous - Mahopac

“I'm so sorry for you loss. Jake was an amazing person and a great friend. I wish we'd had him for longer. He will be missed forever. He is in my...Read More »
29 of 61 | Posted by: Jocelyn Peikes - Mahopac, NY

“In loving memory of a true angel, Jake Santoriella. He was such a blessing in my life and everyone elses lives around him. Thank you for everything...Read More »
30 of 61 | Posted by: Jaiden Miller - Mahopac, NY

“i remember the summer before going into high school when pokémon go came out me sophie and jake walked around the whole neighborhood trying to...Read More »
31 of 61 | Posted by: jamie adams - mahopac, NY

“Jake, how can I even start. Jake was the kind of kid to brighten a whole room, no matter how bad he felt, he would always go out of his way for the...Read More »
32 of 61 | Posted by: Joshua Finney - Mahopac, NY

“I did not have the pleasure of meeting this remarkable young man, so full of strength, determination, and resiliency. I have followed Jake's journey...Read More »
33 of 61 | Posted by: Susan Thomas - Carrollton, GA

“A real fighter has left us. A role model for all of us who knew him orknew of him and how he lived and faced adversity. My condolences tothe entire...Read More »
34 of 61 | Posted by: Raul Merida - Hazlet, NJ

“We met Jake on the ice with Pawling Youth Hockey and he will forever be in our hearts. Daniel enjoyed Jake's company on and off the ice. He was...Read More »
35 of 61 | Posted by: Wikstrom Family - Stormville, NY

“Sending thoughts of peace, love and strength to Jake's family. May his memory be a blessing to those who loved him. Though I've never met Jake in...Read More »
36 of 61 | Posted by: Bonnie Chaim - Boulder, CO

“I first met Jake when we were in middle school, and we became friends fast. I remember the summer after 7th grade when we were at a friends house for...Read More »
37 of 61 | Posted by: Eva Lahti - Mahopac, NY - friend

“I met Jake in sixth grade and he instantly became one of the best friends I ever had. He was such a caring and hilarious person, always making people...Read More »
38 of 61 | Posted by: Sophia Romero - Mahopac, NY

“I did not have the honor to ever meet Jake, but I watched and prayed for his well-being while Rob, (an old college friend), gave touching updates via...Read More »
39 of 61 | Posted by: linda ryder - New York, NY

“Jake was such a strong and funny kid. I can't imagine how lost Chase will feel without his twin brother. Their bond was so strong and so close. My...Read More »
40 of 61 | Posted by: Lori Gunther - Atlanta, GA

41 of 61 | Posted by: Robert Santoriella - Mahopac, NY

“My family is truly blessed to have been able to know Jake. The Santoriellas will be in our thoughts and prayers. ”
42 of 61 | Posted by: John Romero - Mahopac, NY

“I remember when we had a nerf gun war in the basement, played video games, and had a sword fight. ”
43 of 61 | Posted by: Rachel Romero - Mahopac, NY

“Jake had to be the strongest person I knew. He fought that battle with all his strength and couldn't have had better people to help him get through...Read More »
44 of 61 | Posted by: Tess Fruhman - Mahopac, NY

“Jake santoriella was a friend of mine who was taken from me. He was always kind, funny, and incredibly thoughtful of other people and he was gone...Read More »
45 of 61 | Posted by: Leveena Lee - Mahopac, NY

“When I first went into Elementary school the first friends I ever made were Chase and Jake. From day one we all became best friends and we made so...Read More »
46 of 61 | Posted by: Emily Ormsby - Mahopac, NY

“Bella Camuto Jake had the warmest personality and this amazing smile that lit up any room he was in. His humor and sarcasm made me laugh every time...Read More »
47 of 61 | Posted by: Bella Camuto - Mahopac, NY

“only knew jake for a couple of years but in that time I gained an amazing friend. We met through chase, when he went on a date with my best friend...Read More »
48 of 61 | Posted by: Emily Doherty - Mahopac, NY

“I don't know you all personally, but I have heard about your brave boy through a friend. Nothing I say could be profound enough or sufficient enough...Read More »
49 of 61 | Posted by: Colleen Yurus - Lake Peekskill, NY

“To Robert, Cristina, Chase, and the family of Jake: May the Lord carry you through this devastating heartbreak, and keep you all in his tender care....Read More »
50 of 61 | Posted by: Donna Sabatino - NY

“A thought of comfort and condolences to the grieving family. ”
51 of 61 | Posted by: Alexander & Victoria Danishevsky - NY

“I first met Jake through stage crew at the high school- a club where we would basically spend the entire time making jokes and messing around. I got...Read More »
52 of 61 | Posted by: Grace Goodman - Mahopac, NY

“Jake was one of the funniest and sarcastic kids I know. Only about two months ago he had bought me an Xbox One. I remember that all of my friends...Read More »
53 of 61 | Posted by: LJ Nardecchia - Mahopac, NY

“My family wishes to send our deepest condolences to Bobby, Chase, and the entire Santoriella family. We are lifting all of you up in prayer. Please...Read More »
54 of 61 | Posted by: Beth Murphy-McLeary - Memphis, TN

“Beyond sad to hear of my sweet boys passing, he will forever be in my heart and the hearts of all who taught him..such a creative, deep soul that...Read More »
55 of 61 | Posted by: Danielle Romano - Somers, NY

“I only knew Jake via Rob's FB posts. Each post was so honest and open and I think many of us who didn't know Jake personally were rooting for him as...Read More »
56 of 61 | Posted by: Gennifer Birnbach - NY - Friend

“My Love... ”
57 of 61 | Posted by: cristina Rodriguez - Mother

“My deepest condolences to all the Santoriellas - a loving and courageous family. May you all be abundantly supported during this time of grief and...Read More »
58 of 61 | Posted by: Chris Pansarasa

“What a wonderful kid and a wonderful family. They all fought such a hard battle; may Jake rest in peace and may his family find some peace with...Read More »
59 of 61 | Posted by: Joanne Pasqualini

“Jake was such a great person. I went to school with him. He was such a great, funny, hard-working, and strong person. I never thought something would...Read More »
60 of 61 | Posted by: Gia Fenty - Carmel, NY - Friend

“We are distraught over Jake's passing. We are honored to have known such a wonderful young man. He was courageous throughout his long battle. May...Read More »
61 of 61 | Posted by: Gina Romero - Mahopac, NY

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Jake's name to

Jacob "Jake" Alfonso Santoriella of Mahopac, NY died on June 26, 2018 at the age of 16 after a fierce 8 year battle with Leukemia. Jake was born on December 7, 2001 in Mt. Kisco, NY, the son of Robert Santoriella and Cristina Rodriguez Santoriella.

Jake was a sophomore at Mahopac High School and enjoyed ice hockey, cheering for the NY Rangers, and re-watching Star Wars in his spare time. He was an avid collector of many things, especially Pokémon cards. One of his favorite pastimes was playing video games and going to the movies with his friends. His magnetic personality, contagious laugh, and genuine spirit brightened every room.

Jake is survived by his parents Rob and Cris, his twin brother Chase, their dog Kaos, maternal grandparents Tania and Felipe Rodriguez, and paternal grandparents Philip and Geraldine Santoriella.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a visitation on Friday, June 29th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 30th at 11:30 AM at St. John The Evangelist Church, also in Mahopac. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

"To move forward sometimes you must destroy, but always know that with your next step you'll create something beautiful." - Joji (George Miller, fka Filthy Frank)

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Jake's name to