Passed away suddenly at home in Santa Rosa on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the age of 83. Dearly beloved husband for fifty six years of Josephine (Josie) Priolo; loving father of Marisa Priolo, Renee Priolo, Gina Priolo Simmons and husband Ross and Andrea Priolo Pedretti and Husband Aaron; adored grandfather of John O'Brien, Jake and Ross Simmons and Anthony and Anabella Pedretti; also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Born and raised in San Francisco, Sal served as a Police Officer on the San Francisco Police Force for twelve years. He was also Vice President of Premco Manufacturing Co. of Santa Rosa for 35 years. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in Korea during the Korean War. A man who never knew a stranger, his passion was helping others. He loved to cook, in the Army and after he was discharged. He cooked for St. Vincent DePaul Dining Room for many years, cooked and enjoyed his membership in the Italian American Club, and was one of a group of chefs that cooked for many polenta feeds at numerous schools, churches and other events. He loved music and sports, especially cheering on the Oakland Raiders and the Oakland A's. But, the center of his life was his family, especially the grandchildren who adored "Papa." To quote his favorite saying, "Ifabene." He was a man who gave his heart to everyone. Friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church, 398 Tenth St., Santa Rosa. A reception will follow the Funeral Mass. Private Interment. An Evening Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon on Thursday, and continue until service time Thursday evening. In honor of Sal, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Dining Room, 610 Wilson St., Santa Rosa, CA 95401. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral and Cremation Services (707) 525-3730
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25, 2013