Samuel Costa, 92, formerly of Butler, died Feb. 1 at the Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Home following a short illness.
Born Feb. 3, 1921, in Branchton, Sam was proud of the fact that he would have been 93 years old this year. He was one of 12 children, eight girls and four boys, of Thomas and Anna Marie (Massaro) Costa.
He married Anna Flora Galardy of Pittsburgh on Dec. 9, 1950. They were married for 22 years until her death on Oct. 13, 1972.
A veteran of World War II
, Sam was in the U.S. Army
, where he served as a medical technician with Company C, 565th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon.
Sam retired from the U.S Steel Sintering Plant in Saxonburg.
He attended the Community Alliance Church of Butler. Among his hobbies were dancing and driving his Grand Marquis.
He is survived by five sisters, Josephine Turk, Clara Wimberly and Rose Majeroni, all of Erie, and Genevieve Chernick of Butler and Rebecca Oravecz of Hilliards; one brother, Thomas Costa of Eau Claire; one niece and her husband, Darcy (Blair) and Larry Thompson, who were his caregivers; as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three sisters, Lena Turk of New Castle, Mary Hilliard of Slippery Rock and Lucy Courtney of Butler; and two brothers, Carmen Costa of Beloit, Ohio, and John Costa of Hilliards.
Sam's family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice and the medical, nursing and care giving staffs at both the Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Butler Memorial Hospital for their years of thoughtful and dedicated care.
COSTA - Visitation for Samuel Costa, who died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Young Funeral Home, 127 W. Jefferson St., Butler. A funeral service will follow with Sam's nephew, John Blair of Greer, S.C., presiding. Interment will be at North Washington Cemetery.