In Remembrance of Samuel J. Occulto
Samuel J. OccultoDunmore, PA July 15, 1921 ~ January 7, 2014 Date of Service: January 11, 2014
Samuel J. Occulto, 92, of Dunmore, died Tuesday at Moses Taylor Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Bertha Grab who died in 2006.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Joseph and Rosaria Cerretano Occulto, he attended Dunmore public schools and was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish and also a lifelong and dedicated member of the San Cataldo Club. He worked for many years at Mayflower Manufacturing in West Scranton, and after retirement, he served as a school crossing guard for the Dunmore Lions Club.
“Uncle Sammy” was a decorated World War II U.S. Army veteran as the recipient of a Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal. He served in the 35th Infantry Regiment and was stationed at Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu on December 7, 1941 as the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. His faithful service to his country spanned from August of 1940 until October of 1945 when he was honorably discharged.
Among his many talents, Sam had a great drawing ability. He also loved to dance, especially with his sisters, and enrolled in numerous dance competitions in his younger years and continued to dance into his nineties.
His family would like to thank the staff at Allied Terrace Assisted Living and the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center for all of their help and guidance in caring for Uncle Sammy.
Surviving are his nieces and nephews, Atty. Robert A. Cecchini, Cheryl Vanston, Julie Ann Yando, Marlene Stowell, Rose Ann Capalong, Nicoletta Palmarozza, Andrew Capalong, Jr., Dr. Joseph Capalong, Frances Thomas, Elise Killiany, Noelle Baranowski, Michelle Choman, Josephine “Che Che” Pane, Nina Condella, Rose Ann Baigis, Shirley Jeffers, Joe Scarantino, and John Scarantino; as well as great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers Frank and Angelo Occulto; sisters Philomena Kobar, Sarah Cecchini, and Frances Capalong; stepsisters Josephine Comparetta and Philomena Trubia; and stepbrothers Sam and Joseph Scarantino.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with mass at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith St., Dunmore. Interment with military honors in the Dunmore Cemetery.