Linda Saverine Santarella, 72, a lifelong resident of Darien, passed away on September 10, 2018. She was born September 22, 1945 in Stamford to Joseph and Josephine (D’Arrigo) Saverine. Linda graduated from Darien High School in 1963.

Linda married Fred Santarella on October 3, 1970. She coached her daughter in Lassie League and enjoyed cheering her children on at their many athletic events. She served Darien in so many different ways. She was a member of the Board of Selectmen, the first female on the Darien Police Commission, a longtime member on the RTM Planning and Zoning Committee, a member of the first Charter Revision Commission and the Downtown Task Force.

Mrs. Santarella is survived by her son Daniel of Darien, son-in-law Brian Hickey and 2 grandchildren, Sean and Evangeline of Valhalla, NY, 2 brothers Dr. Richard Saverine of Darien and Robert (Barbara) Saverine of Stamford, three nieces and two nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Frederick and her daughter Stacey.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home located at 2119 Boston Post Rd, Darien. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. John’s RC Church, 1986 Post Rd in Darien. Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda’s memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (, and would be greatly appreciated by her family.