St. Philip, Sr., Jake P.

02/25/1923 ~


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 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.”

Funeral Mass is Thursday, December 3, 2020
St. Martha’s Catholic Church 4301 Woodridge Parkway Porter, TX 77365
Visitation: 10:30 am Mass at: 11:00 am

Funeral Mass will be LIVE-STREAMED at: Click on: Watch Mass Live

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:

St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Kingwood, TX – Martha’s Kitchen (https://

Service Information

Funeral Mass is Thursday, December 3, 2020 at St. Martha’s Catholic Church, 4301 Woodridge Parkway Porter, TX 77365. A visitation will be held at 10:30 am and a Mass at: 11:00 am.

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4 thoughts on “St. Philip, Sr., Jake P.”

  1. Catherine S. Torres

    Dear Uncle Jake,
    You were always on my mind and I enjoyed our phone conversations over the years; I hadn’t called in the last year because Henry and I didn’t want to burden you with the news of our sister, Elizabeth’s, death. I wish you well on your soul’s journey and hope you meet up with your brother and my Daddy (gone almost 50 years). Likewise, I wish your children, Jake and Patricia, peace and comfort as they grieve.
    Your Goddaughter, Catherine

  2. David & Gail Rousseau’

    So sorry for your loss. Happy he got to live his life so independently. He was blessed with longevity and a wonderful family. May you find comfort in the memories. May he Rest In Peace..

  3. Estelle Mannino

    I always felt blessed for the family I had you are with them now singing in heaven! I can’t believe that I was blessed even more having you all of these years knowing this day would come but very hard to accept but it was your time. You will always be on our hearts JC,Sarita

  4. Henry Peter St Philip

    I was very saddened to hear of your passing! You’ll truly be missed by all, and I’ll especially miss our conversations about you, my Dad and relatives, who have long since passed. Now you’re with God and family!

    Ti voglio bene, Zio!

    Your Nephew,


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