In Loving Memory

Salvatore J.

Fanelli, Salvatore J. "Sam"

Deceased: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Service: Monday, August 21, 2017

  • Obituary:

       Mr. Salvatore J. (Sam) Fanelli, age 89, a lifelong Utica resident, passed away on Wednesday August 16, 2017 at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Florida.

      He was born in Utica on May 31, 1928, a son of the late Salvatore and Frances Bonamassa Fanelli. Raised and educated locally, he was a graduate of T.R. Proctor High School. Salvatore proudly served our country in the US Navy. He was married to Emma Tassino in St. Anthony of Padua Church, a blessed union of 43 years until her passing on May 19, 1994.

      Sam was employed by the NYS Thruway Authority, retiring in 1993 after 39 years of service. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony/St. Agnes Church.

      Surviving are his beloved son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Judi Fanelli of FL; his cherished granddaughter, Gia Mara Fanelli and husband Mark Drenga of CT. and several nieces, nephews and his grand-dogs Jake and Bella. He was predeceased by his brother, John Fanelli and two sisters, Nan Talarico and Rose Scampone.

      Private funeral services with entombment in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum will be held at the convenience of the family.

      In memory of Sam, kindly consider a donation to your favorite charity.

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Messages of Sympathy (5)

  • Tom Canastar

    My condolences to Sams family. I knew Sam when he worked on the Thruway. I was a trooper back in the 70's and had contact h with him on a daily basis. He was a great man with good sense of humor. May the Eternal Father have mercy on his soul.
  • Antonia Fusco

    Dear Bob and Judy

    I'm very sorry for the loss of your Dad. There is one thing you can rest assured,he's gone to unite with his beloved Emma once again. He was a wonderful caring person. I have many fond memories .
    Very Sincerely

    cousin Antonia
  • Vaughn family

    Family please accept my deepest condolences. May God's promises found at Acts 24:15 and Psalms 37:29 bring you comfort during this difficult time.
  • Shelly Bartnick

    Condolences to Sam's Family. Had many conversations with Sam when he was a toll collector at Utica. Wondered where he went. A great guy. Will be missed.
  • Christine King

    I am so very sorry , Bob & Judy for the loss of your Dad. Emma was my boss for many years. So, her and Sam began family to me. Sam was so kind and loving. Now, he is with his sweet Emma for eternity.

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