Salvatore F. Sal Colangelo
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Salvatore F. Sal Colangelo, age 87, of Rome, NY, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, January 13, 2010, in St. Elizabeths Medical Center. Born in Utica, NY, on February 9, 1922, Sal was a son of the late Dominick and Beatrice (Delia) Colangelo. After his graduation from Utica Free Academy, Sal joined the U.S. Army and served with the 1st Infantry Division in England, Scotland, Algeria and Tunisia in North Africa, Sicily, Belgium, Huertgen Forest, Germany and Czechoslovakia. On July 6, 1946, Sal and Marion T. Graziano were united in marriage in St. Helenas Church in Sherrill, NY, and shared a wonderful marriage of sixty-one years together, which was focused on their family. Marion passed away on July 28, 2007. Prior to his retirement in 1982, "Sal" was employed in the disposal and marketing departments of Rome Air Force Base. In his leisure time, Sal enjoyed trips to the Turning Stone Casino and Vernon Downs. He also enjoyed discussing his political analysis of Fox TV news with his family and friends. Surviving are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert and Sherry Colangelo, of Canton, MI, and Brian and Colleen Colangelo, of Manlius; his grandchildren, Kim, Kara, Kristy and Kelly Colangelo, and Alexis and Brittany Colangelo; and his six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Dominick Dick Colangelo, of Utica; sister-in-law, Ang MacBain, of Hamilton; brother-in-law, Anthony Tony Graziano, of Canastota; many nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. The family extends thanks to Dr. Alicia DeTraglia, Dr. Russell Silverman and Dr. Donald Kaye for their kind and compassionate care shown to Sal during these past years. In keeping with Sals wishes, there will be no public calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Friday (today) at 12:00 noon in St. Helenas Church, Primo Ave., Sherrill, New York. The family will receive friends and relatives at the conclusion of Mass. Spring interment with full military honors will be in St. Helenas Cemetery, Oneida. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in memory of Sal to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are with the Malecki Funeral Home, Inc, 464 Sherrill Rd., Sherrill, NY.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2010