Michael A. Savokinas, 71, of Pittston Township, passed away on Friday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a brief illness.
Born Oct. 8, 1941, in Pittston, he was a son of the late Joseph and Madeline (Fay) Savokinas. He was a graduate of Pittston Area High School and a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish in Pittston. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1962 to 1968.
In 1964, along with his brother Raymond, he founded Savo's Pizza and Family Restaurant on Main Street in Pittston. Throughout 49 years, he proudly served as its owner, including at its current location in the Pittston Commons, where he always greeted his customers with a friendly smile and handshake. He was also an avid collector of Greater Pittston historical items and was a founding member of the Greater Pittston Historical Society, where he served as treasurer. He was one of the original owners of The Staircase Lounge in 1975 and was a former president and treasurer of the Pittston Mall Merchants Association. From 1983 to 2003, he was the sponsor of the Savo's Little League Baseball Tournament of Champions.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence, and a sister, Mary Beth Orlowski.
Surviving are his loving wife of 43 years, the former Georgia Bartolai; sons, Arthur and his wife, Kimberly, Hughestown, and Michael Jr. and his wife, Alice, Pittston Township; grandsons, Austyn Pivarnik, Austin Killino, and Brandon Savokinas; brothers, Raymond and his wife, Marie, West Pittston, Jimmy and his wife, Diane, Hughestown, and Joseph, Pittston; sisters, Cynthia Hrobuchak and her husband, William, Old Forge, Dorothy Kroll and her husband, Robert, Plains, and Rose Butera, Jenkins Township; and sister-in-law, Deanna Savokinas, California. Also surviving are numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and countless numbers of employees who worked for him over the last 49 years.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home at 9 a.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston, with the Rev. Joseph Sibilano officiating. Interment services will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations be made to the Greater Pittston Historical Society at GPHS, 131 Bear Creek Road, Pittston Township, PA 18640. To express your condolences to Michael's family or for directions to the funeral home, please visit www.GrazianoFuneralHome.com.
GRAZIANO FUNERAL HOME INC
700 TOWNSHIP BLVD PITTSTON, PA 18640
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 22, 2013