MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Mr. Samuel Joseph Lechiara Sr., 90, of Mount Pleasant, died on Monday (Sept. 15, 2014).
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He was born on Monday, June 30, 1924, in Bradford, Pa., to the late Josephine Lechiara and the late Sabentina Lechiara.
Sam attended the University of Miami and during World War II, enlisted in the U.S. Army serving with the 259th Field Artillery Headquarters Battalion, seeing action in Ardennes, Northern France, Rhineland and the Central European theatres. During the Battle of the Bulge, Sam was assigned at forward observation posts relaying enemy gun and installation information to rear fire control positions and handling voice, CW messages and laying communication wires. Sam retired from Lucent Technologies, Hunt Valley, Md., in 1990 after 35 years of service.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 25 years, Mary F. Cullings of Mount Pleasant; sisters, Frances Susi and Lucy McAndrew; children, Samuel J. Lechiara Jr. of Bel Air, Md., Kimberley C. Weaver of Rockledge, Fla.; stepsons, Eric A. Cullings of Towson, Md., and Kurt T. Cullings of Mount Pleasant; grandsons, Blake and Ian Weaver, Travis and Ethan Lechiara, and Nathaniel Cullings.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Nicholas Lechiara, Dominic Lechiara and Franis Lechiara; and sisters, Mary Burson and Margaret Myers.
Family and friends will gather at the McAlister Smith Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday with a "Celebration of Life" to be held at 11 a.m., with military honors to follow and a reception in the chapel. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
In memory of Sam, donations may be made to St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 950 Darrell Creek Trail, Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.McAlister-Smith.com
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1520 Rifle Range Road, Mount Pleasant.
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1520 Rifle Range Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 19 to Sept. 26, 2014