SAVERIO "SAM", Sr.
Age 87, passed on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, peacefully at home while surrounded by his loved ones. Saverio was a devoted husband to his wife, Rosina Staltari. At age 17, Saverio left his homeland of Calabria, Italy and arrived in Canada where he married and they immigrated to America establishing permanent roots in Pittsburgh, where he earned his living in the steel industry. Having been trained as a youth in Italy, he was also able to practice his stone masonry skills throughout his lifetime. His passions were his family, his garden of 60 years, and his dedicated community activism for the good of the people of Hazelwood. Saverio was extremely loving and proud of his children: Joseph, Maria (Kestutis), Saverio, Jr. (June), and Rosanne (Robert). Saverio, Sr. was the son of the late Giuseppe and Maria Francesca (Strano); and brother of Antonia (Giuseppe) and the late Giuseppina (David). Saverio was Papa to loving grandchildren, including Michael, Mykolas, Aleksander, Angelica, Francesca, Julianna, and Christina; he often served as their mentor and advisor. Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at John D. O'CONNOR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 5106 Second Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207. Patrick Vereb, F.D. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 5115 Second Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207 at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017. Donations may be made to St. Stephen's Church.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2017.