August 9, 2017


Mrs. Nora Rose (Famiano) Santos, 86, of Jewett Street, passed away early Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam. At the time of her passing she was in the presence of her loving family.

She was born on July 11, 1931, in Schenectady, daughter of the late Frank and Christina (Cappuccio) Famiano and educated in Schenectady schools. Nora was united in marriage with William “Bill” Santos in Schenectady at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on Jan. 4, 1953, a blessed 50-year union until his passing Feb. 10, 2003.

For many years she considered her job taking care of her loved ones and her home. She loved bowling and playing bocce ball in her spare time. Above all, her foremost priority was taking care of her family. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her devoted family: her children, William Santos and wife Pam, Peter Santos and wife Jackie, and Karen Santos all of Amsterdam; a sister, Lillian Mozal of Schenectady; grandchildren, Kateri, Joey, Pete, Angela, Christina and Kristian; great-grandchildren, Harrison, Abbigail, Dominic, Giovanni, Zavian and Gianna;  and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Famiano; and a sister, Mary Piersante. Kindly consider memorial offerings in Nora’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The family would like to thank all those family members who were involved in Nora’s care during this difficult time.

The family will be present at Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, to receive relatives and friends on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. until noon. Mrs. Santos’ funeral will commence at noon also on Monday from the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Pascal “Pat” Iannotti, officiating. Procession will follow to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Amsterdam, where she will be laid to rest with her husband. You may offer online condolences by going to