Sam E. Tenuta, age 76, was called to eternal life Monday, November 10, 2008, at his residence with his family beside him. He was born in Racine on August 1, 1932, son of the late Saverio and Mary (Nee: Serpe) Tenuta Sr.
Sam was a graduate of Washington Park High School, “Class of 1952.” He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. On September 21, 1957, Sam was united in marriage to Patricia Rivers at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Sam was employed as a book binder at Western Publishing for twenty years and last worked at J.I. Case as a foreman for eighteen years until his retirement in 1992.
In his younger years, Sam was instrumental in starting the athletic association and coaching basketball at St. Lucy’s. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and was named “Man of the Year.” He enjoyed college basketball and playing cards. He was loved dearly and will be sadly missed.
Surviving are his loving wife Patricia of 51 years; his son, Jeffrey Tenuta; daughter, Diane Catherine Tenuta; twin grandchildren, Nathan and Amy Tenuta; brothers and sister-in-law, Anthony (Dorothea) Tenuta, sister Rachel Tenuta and Robert Tenuta all of Racine; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert (Florence) Rivers of Racine and Mary Lou (Frank) Rondinelli of Greenfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he also was preceded in death by his grandson, Nicholas, and his brother, Annunziato “Nunzie.”
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 14, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark Jones officiating. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m. (Roma Lodge Service 5:30 p.m.) and Friday, at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Lucy Catholic Church or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.
The family extends a special thank you to Dr. David Zablotney, Dr. Michael Mullane, and Hospice Alliance for all of their loving and compassionate care.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888