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Jake Peter St. Philip, Sr.

JAKE PETER ST. PHILIP, SR.
February 25, 1923 – November 26, 2020
Jake Peter St. Philip, Sr. also known as Jake, Daddy and Popo suddenly passed away on
November 26, 2020 after a brief illness. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, neighbors
and friends. He truly was a friend and loved one to all that knew him.
He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Wanda
Rozkres St. Philip, his daughter, Paula St. Philip Seams and his loving son,
Frank Edward St. Philip, his father, Frank Sanfilippo, mother, Paulina Dazzo Sanfilippo, brother,
Carlo Sanfilippo, his sister, Marie Stella Locantro, and brother, Henry St. Philip.
He is survived by his son, Jake Peter St. Philip, Jr., wife Peggy and devoted daughter, Patricia
St. Philip Gallagher, husband Jim. His lasting legacy is the amazing family he has left behind;
nine Grandchildren, twenty-two Great-Grandchildren and ten Great-Great Grandchildren who
loved his “Popo Kisses.”
Jake was a veteran of the United States Army serving in the European theater during WWII.
After his discharge from the Army, he remained there working for the Army as a consultant and
singing at USO Clubs where he loved to entertain. It was there in Iran that he met the love of
his life, Wanda Rozkres, who immigrated from Poland during the war, and they married in Iraq
in 1946.
Jake gave up his singing career after he and Wanda returned to New Orleans. He was a
graduate of Samuel J. Peters High School and Delgado College where he became an
electrician for the Local 130 Electrical Workers Union. His career spanned many years and he
was very proud of his work as General Electrical Superintendent in the construction of the
Louisiana Superdome. He retired from the IBEW and subsequently had a prolific career in real
estate in New Orleans.
Jake and Wanda moved to Kingwood, Texas when he retired in 1997. Although a proud, native
New Orleanian, he grew to love his home and friends in Texas. He greatly valued his
relationships with his community and friends in Kingwood Village Estates. The relationships he
had over the years were meaningful and deep. He was a member of St Martha’s Parish in
Kingwood and his 23 years in Texas were great years for him and his family.
Jake had many hobbies. His greatest was he loved to garden. He grew the best tomatoes and
herbs as he would quickly tell you! He was an avid lifelong New Orleans Saints Fan and lived
to see the Saints win the Super Bowl in 2009. He loved watching the Houston Astros too. One
of his last memories was watching the New Orleans Saints defeat the arch rival Atlanta Falcons
on Sunday afternoon just a few days before passing.
Popo will be dearly missed by his family and friends. At the same time his family would like you
to share in celebrating his life of 97 years, living independently and enjoying life to the fullest.
His life touched many and he would want nothing more than for all of his family and friends to
remain close and in touch. We love you Daddy and “Because of You, my life is now worthwhile
and I can smile Because of You.”
Services will be announced shortly to celebrate his amazing life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jake’s honor can be made to the memorial fund:
St. Judes Children Hospital Jake St. Philip Sr. Memorial Fund:
https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?
px=6870093&pg=personal&fr_id=39300
St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Kingwood, TX – Martha’s Kitchen (https://
membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/TX497)