Sam Bellanca, 76, of Laflin passed away unexpectedly Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Assunta LaMarca Bellanca. They would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Monday, July 1, 2013.
Born in Pittston on May 16, 1937, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Rose Armando Bellanca.
He was a graduate of Pittston High School and Scranton Technical School for job training.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, stationed in Fort Knox, Ky.
Sam was a New York Yankees fan as well as a University of Pittsburgh Panthers fan. In his younger years, he was an avid bowler.
Sam and Sue were childhood sweethearts. Sam was a kind, generous person. He was always by Sue's side. They especially enjoyed dinners together. He loved spending time telling stories to his grandsons. They were not only partners in life but also business partners. For 18 years, together they owned and operated the Garden Village Italian Deli in West Pittston. They became "grandparents" to many of the neighborhood children, teenagers and young adults who were often daily patrons of "The Deli." Sam not only served food to his patrons, but also passed on life's lessons and wisdom. He was a dynamic person who was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
In his earlier years, Sam owned and operated LaBella Fashions; LaBella Dress Factory; and Mari-Belle Bridal. He had also worked in quality control for Lady Carol Dress Factory and in sales for Circle Nut and Bolt.
He was a former councilman of Laflin Borough and a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, where he was also an usher.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Mary LaMarca; brothers, Joe Bellanca, Anthony (Toby) Bellanco and Steve Bellanca; niece, Rosina Bellanco; nephew, Michael Policare; and brother-in-law, Cataldo LaMarca.
He was a devoted and loving husband to Sue and a wonderful father, grandfather and brother.
In addition to his wife, Sue, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Major and her husband, Deleon, West Pittston; son, Salvatore Bellanca and his wife, Maria, Warwick, R.I.; and four grandsons, Erik, Devon and Ezekiel Major and Gianfranco Bellanca. Also surviving are a sister, Connie Bellomo, Schenectady, N.Y.; three sisters-in-law, Mary Policare and her husband, Dominick, Pittston; Claire La Marca, Pittston; and Rose Maholski, Nanticoke; numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin.
Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com