PITTSTON — Samuel J. Alfano, 89, was called to the Lord on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in the comfort of his own apartment. Sam was surrounded by his family, which included his caregivers and Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Sam was born on May 19, 1924, in Pittston and was the son of the late Angelo and Carmella Mantione Alfano. Sam graduated from Pittston High School in 1942 with the nickname of "FiFi."
After graduation, Sam entered the military service where he was part of the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Sam fought in World War II. He was decorated with several commendations, including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, three Bronze Stars and Arrow Head for the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II and Expert Badge with the Rifle Bar.
After serving in the military, he took some courses at Wilkes College Business School. He then went on to work for Milazzo's and then Jenkins Hardware, where he became part owner and from where he eventually retired.
Sam was also known as a local drummer. He played with Al Powel Orchestra and his own band, The Symphonettes.
Sam was married for 41 years to the late Sarah Giamusso Alfano. Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Anthony and Victor; and sisters Tina DeFalco and Mary Morreale.
Surviving are his daughter Ann Marie, who resided with him. He and Ann Marie were always seen together in the community; she is his pride and joy. Also surviving are his daughter Debbie and her husband, Joe Kester, Larksville. Sam had four grandchildren whom he always felt blessed to have: Sarah, David, Rachel and Michael Kester. He is also survived by sister Rose Angelella and her husband, Anthony, Old Forge; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Crispino, West Pittston, and Sue Alfano, Trenton, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sam's name to the Deutch Institute, 615 Jefferson Ave., Lower Level, Scranton, PA 18510; Hospice of The Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township.
Viewing hours will be held for Sam from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Those attending should arrive no later than 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. in Corpus Christi Parish, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. Interment services will follow in Denison Cemetery, Kingston.
To express condolences to Sam's family or for directions to the funeral home, please visit www.grazianofuneralhome.com.