Samuel Certo, 95, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on October 12, 2020. Born on October 30, 1924 in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Nicola and Jennie (Sheusi) Certo. On July 14, 1956, Samuel married the love of his life, Gail M. Patrick.
Samuel graduated from Niagara Falls High School. He proudly served in the United States Army, during Word War II, as a surgical technician, from March 27, 1943 until his honorable discharge on March 2, 1946. Samuel went on and studied percussion at Roy C. Knapp School in Chicago and later earned his Bachelors Degree in Education from Fredonia State College and his Masters Degree from Niagara University. Samuel was employed as an elementary school teacher for the the Niagara Falls School System.
Samuel worshiped at Bible Fellowship Center on Grand Island. He was a former member of the musicians union in Niagara Falls and the LaSalle Sportsmen's Club and also taught percussion privately. Samuel enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, caring for his garden and traveling with his wife throughout the United States. Most off all, he loved his family, especially his grandchildren and little great-grandchildren.
In addition to his beloved wife of over 64 years, Samuel is survived by his children, Jeanne (Michael) Golba, Gil (Hope) Certo, Lydia (Richard) Pochatko and Patricia (Christopher) Thompson; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by siblings, Anna (late George) Bridge, Russell (living, Margaret) Certo and Sarah (late Ernie) Tomasini.
The family will be present on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY (716-297-9007), where Samuel’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m. with his pastor, Rev. Calvin VanderMey officiating. Committal prayers and entombment, concluding with Army Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. For your comfort and safety, prayers will be held outside the chapel. As you prepare to attend, please be mindful of face coverings and social distancing will be enforced. Arrangements are under the direction of Michael R. Goodlander. Share condolences and memories at GOODLANDERCARES.com
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