Grief and death has reached our home, taking the patriarch of the Cassella family.
Samuel Cassella, 89, who was Catholic by faith, passed away Friday (Jan. 5, 2018) at Latrobe Select Specialty Hospital in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
He was born on Sept. 23, 1928. Sam was the son of the late Joseph and Madalina Cassella-Tartaglia
Sam worked from a young age to care for the needs of his family by selling newspapers before going to school and working at Seccurro's Billiards after school hours. Although Sam only had a ninth-grade education, he had an unyielding determination to succeed.
His strong will to provide for his family and the love of this country directed Sam to join the United States Army Air Corps. at the early age of 16 in which he fought honorably for his country during World War II.
Sam's desire to strive continued after serving his country with dignity and honor. His strong work ethic was visible which helped him obtained a position of Superintendent of the City of Fairmont. He later became the ABCC Beer Commissioner for the State of West Virginia under then Gov. Rockefeller.
Sam also owned several of his own businesses including the Air Corps. Club, the High Chaparell, the Palatine Recreation and many local small businesses and confectionaries located in Fairmont.
Sam's strength, guidance, and incredible example to do all we can as he did shall never be forgotten, yet carried on by so many who loved, respected, and sincerely appreciated him.
In his later years Sam enjoyed spending time with his wife Lenora of more than 50 years and his granddaughter Alexis. He was also a master sports fan in which he passionately enjoyed watching any sport with his sons, John and Victor.
Sam is survived by his wife Lenora Mary Raschella Cassella; seven sons, Joseph of South Carolina, Samuel Jr. of Fairmont, Keith Lee (Chuck) of Grafton, Mark of Anmoore, Chris of Fairmont, John of Fairmont and Victor of Fairmont; as well as two daughters, Kim of Fairmont, Christina of South Carolina; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, Tony Cassella of Fairmont; and his sister, Rose Tatta of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.
Samuel Cassella touched many lives and valued the gift of life and the love of family.
He was preceded in death by brothers Joseph and Victor Casella and John Tartaglia.
Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Monday and from 9-10 a.m., the time of service, at Ross Funeral Home at 801 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, with Deacon David Lester Officiating the service in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery.
The Rosary led by Sr. Stella Cronauer will be recited at 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Marion County Honor Guard will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.rossfh.com.
Published on January 6, 2018