Samuel A. Gentile, 78, of Mayfield, died Saturday at the Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary S. Fuller Gentile, in 1998.
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Born in Carbondale, son of the late Francis and Rose Caljean Gentile, he was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Parish, Jermyn.
Sam was a graduate of the Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, and served with the Pennsylvania National Guard. Before his retirement, he was a welder-machinist, having worked at Acker Drill Co. He was currently employed as a tour guide for the Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour. He proudly instructed adult welding classes at Career Technology Center for numerous years. He and his wife were foster parents for more than 25 years.
Sam was very active in ballroom dancing, and appeared on the WVIA Ballroom Show several times. He could often be observed driving around town in his red Miata.
Surviving are three daughters, Gina Gentile, Mayfield; Lisa Gentile, Wind Gap; and Donna Vincent, Parish, N.Y.; two sons, Leo Gentile, Mayfield; and Christopher Waddle, Jermyn; six grandchildren, Samantha, Patrick, Jenneca, Gabriella, Samuel and Mary; a brother, David Gentile, Tunkhannock; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a son, James; a granddaughter, Angelina; and a brother, Leonard.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Brennan and Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Church, Jermyn. Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Online condolences may be sent at www.brennanfuneralhomes.com.
Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc.
55 Lincoln Avenue Carbondale, PA 18407
Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 25, 2014