In Loving Memory of Sylvio "Sam" Mele
Sylvio "Sam" MeleOld Forge, PA February 4, 1939 ~ March 24, 2019 Date of Service: March 29, 2019
Sylvio “Sam” Mele, 80, of Old Forge died Sunday at Advent Health Tampa, FL. He is survived by his wife, the former Julie “Cookie” Febbo. Sam made her life happy for more than 20 years and she will miss him dearly.
Born in Lakeville, PA, and raised in the Bunker Hill Section of Dunmore, he was the son of the late Sylvio and Rose Perry Mele, and attended North Scranton High School prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1954 and the Air Force in 1956. He later moved to Old Forge, and became partner with his uncle John Mele in Mele Construction, went on to work for the Locust Ridge Quarry, and at present had worked for Kriger Construction. Sam had a huge love of bocce ball, and brought Main Street in Old Forge alive by helping to build the course at Arcaro and Genell’s Restaurant. While in Florida, he again shared his passion for bocce by constructing a court in his community. Known for his fantastic sense of humor, Sam was a lover of life who enjoyed spending his Wednesday nights at Arcaro and Genell’s, and his Thursday nights the Honky Tonk while following his favorite band, The Longo Brother’s. He made his wife’s life happy for 20 years, and she will greatly miss him, especially when they would go cruising in his motorcycle and she’d ride in the tricar. Sam was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend, and he will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Also surviving are a son, John Mele and wife Kim of Forest City; daughter, Marisa DiCindio and husband Mike of Clarks Summit; grandchildren, Jon Sylvio Mele of Rehoboth Beach, DE, Allie Alpert of Dunmore, and Summer Alpert of Clarks Summit; brothers, Anthony Mele and wife Sara of Alpine, TX, and Ralph Mele and wife Barbara of Hollisterville; sisters, Roseann Mele and partner Aldona Turowski of Moscow, Marie Elena Teti and husband Chuck of NJ, and Angela Mele of Hamlin; stepsons, Jerry Belotti and wife Ann Marie, Ricky Belotti, Greg Belotti and fiancée Tracey Reider; step-grandchildren, Becca, Rocco, Madison, Amber, Ryan, and Adriana Belotti, and Chloe Mills; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, 123 W. Grace St., Old Forge, by Rev. August Ricciardi. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In keeping with Sam’s passion for bocce ball, memorial contributions may be made the Sons of Italy Gloria Lodge #315 Bocce League, c/o Dave Cherundolo, 2 Lee Ct., Old Forge, 18518.