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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.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2017.
Calling hours
02:00 - 04:00 PM
Calling hours
06:00 - 08:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 AM
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January 20, 2018
This neighborhood will never be the same again! You are missed so much!
Shabrol Singh
January 19, 2018
I met Sam when a neighborhood group worked to stop a polluting plant from being placed in Hazelwood in the late 90s. He was so dedicated, intelligent and kind. He was a role model for all of us. We met with the then mayor and Sam was the star of the meeting. He loved his family and his gardens were beautiful. He was truly one of a kind. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family.
Mary Lewin
November 10, 2017
We are sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. With our sympathy, The Rigano Family

Fortunato & Cynthia
Lena & Anthony
November 9, 2017
I met Sam through Jim McCue, such a friendly, kind man. I'm glad to have known him.
November 6, 2017
I'm blessed to have known Saverio Strati,Sr. I'm his new tenant, and he had no earthly reason to extend the charity of patience to me in my financial woes. but I think his reasons weren't earthly inspired. He was so well loved because his lifetime acts of compassion, charity, and generosity left a long trail of testaments. He let me slide for a few months rent until I could prove myself, and guess what? I just got the call for the job I've been waiting for today! And his legacy is his children, who honor his memory in the same spirit of goodness. He was a rare person, who restored my faith in humanity.
Victoria Chapman
November 5, 2017
Describing the life of Saverio Strati, Senior, Mister Sam. So many are saying nice things about Mister Sam Strati I decided to put some of them together.
He lowered the rent for the apartment I've lived in for about fifteen years now, because I would not have otherwise been able to afford it. He gave people money. Lent money.
Mailed money to an ex-tenant. Jacked up the corner of a house that was sinking due to subsidence that was owned by a guy that couldn't pay for it. Gave people, self included, good advice.
Gave people food he had grown. Respected everyone. And I mean EVERYONE.
Helped start what is now known as Hazelwood Initiative. Another community activist described him as "the uncle everybody wishes they had". He was doing construction work since the age of 7 in southern Italy. His town had to hide from the Germans in World War 2. That's why he so valued growing your own food and was so generous with the food he grew.
Jim McCue
November 5, 2017
My deepest condolences for your loss.
November 2, 2017
Wonderful childhood memories on Blair Street. Kevin, my brother, was over there with Pep and Sal all the time. Had a wonderful time on our visits a couple years ago. Blessings to the Family. He is in God's hands. Ted
Maureen & Ted Elder
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