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Savario Samuel Cucchiara


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Savario Samuel Cucchiara Obituary
Another one of the greatest generation has passed into eternity.  
Savario Samuel Cucchiara, 92, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away at his daughter, Vera's home in Idaho Falls, Idaho on December 28, 2015.
He was born to Santo and Elvera Cucchiara on March 6, 1923 in Jersey City, New Jersey. When he was 16 years old, his father died in a train/car accident, leaving behind his wife and six children.
Sam, being the oldest, left home and joined the CCC's at 16 to help support his mother and other five siblings. He kept only $5.00 for himself and sent the rest of his money home.
While Sam was in Blackfoot, he met his first love, Mary Edna Shaw at the Bon Ton. They were married on October 31, 1940. After they were married, they went to Jersey City, where their only child, Vera, was born.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and served until 1945. He served on the USS Osage in the Pacific. In the meantime, Edna and Vera went to Blackfoot to be with Edna's mother, Mary Ellen Shaw. When Sam got out of the Navy, he joined them in Blackfoot.
He loved the mountains and the rivers. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf.
He owned Sam's Sports Shop and was good to his customers. He told the coaches that if a kid couldn't afford sports shoes, he would give a pair to them. He sponsored a Little League baseball team and never missed a day when they played. He was one of the first group that started clearing the land and building the Blackfoot Golf Course.
Sam and Edna later divorced. Then he met Shirley Spidell and fell in love all over again. They were married on August 24, 1983. They were married 32 years. They enjoyed camping and fishing together.  
The family grew after Sam and Shirley were married.  She brought three more children into the family, Terry, Vicki and Cornell.
Sam is survived by his daughter, Vera (Dean) Hallan of Idaho Falls, Idaho, daughter, Terry Spidell of Blackfoot; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Vicki Spidell; two brothers, Santo and Anthony; and sisters, Edith Zimmerman and Marie Cucchiara.
A vigil will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot. The family will meet with friends following the vigil until 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 584 W. Sexton Street, Blackfoot, ID 83221 for restoration of the church.
Published in The Morning News on Jan. 1, 2016
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