In Loving Memory of Sylvio "Sam" Mele

Sylvio

Sylvio "Sam" Mele

Old 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.

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Nina Fumanti
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Re: In Loving Memory of Sylvio "Sam" Mele
Reply #10 on : Fri March 29, 2019, 17:50:30
Cookie and all family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember waiting on him at Arcaro & Genell’s while he was there for dinner or at the Bocce Tournaments. He was truly a great guy. You all are in my prayers.
Mary Ann (McKernon) Ryan
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Sylvio's passing
Reply #9 on : Thu March 28, 2019, 21:29:45
Cookie and all the family -- I am so sorry that Sylvio is gone. I always knew him as my cousin Junior Mele, and I will miss him. He was a wonderful person. My condolences to all of you.
Brian Winot
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Sam
Reply #8 on : Thu March 28, 2019, 19:22:40
Cookie and family, you are in my prayers. I had the privilege of working very closely with Sam for 6-7 years. You never realize how much you learned from someone until you look back years later. Sam taught me many lessons and I’m forever greatful for the time spent with him. RIP my friend.
Al Magnotta
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‘’Junior’’
Reply #7 on : Thu March 28, 2019, 11:11:50
Cookie-Please accept Dottie and my since condolences on the passing of Junior.It was my distinct pleasure to work with and know Junior for almost 50 years.I have the highest respect for his intelligence,work ethic and commitment to do every thing to the best of his ability.
Junior was a ‘’good guy’’
He treasured the time he spent with you as he often told me it was the best time of his life.
‘’
Ann Kania
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Silvio mele
Reply #6 on : Thu March 28, 2019, 09:04:53
Cookie and family I’m so sorry to hear Of Silvios passing! I have memories of him at the bocce courts making sure the court was ready to play on and having conversations with all the players and friends also always enjoying the food at the events He always had a warm hello and smile when I saw him at the bocce courts ! He truly will be missed ! Cherish ur memories my prayers are with u at this sad time Love Annie Kania banquet waitress at Arcaro and Genell
Anonymous
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Re: In Loving Memory of Sylvio "Sam" Mele
Reply #5 on : Thu March 28, 2019, 08:02:51
Sam was always a nice man. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Anonymous
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Re: In Loving Memory of Sylvio "Sam" Mele
Reply #4 on : Wed March 27, 2019, 18:25:52
Sure gonna miss sylvio at our morning coffee. So sorry cookie . Gary &Lisa
Dawn LoBello
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My deepest condolences
Reply #3 on : Wed March 27, 2019, 11:59:58
My deepest condolences to the family of Sam.
I had the pleasure of having my day brightened every day by his smiling face, I will truly miss him.
Heaven has one more beautiful angel.
May he rest in peace and shine down upon us all.
Jim Bossi
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Condolences
Reply #2 on : Wed March 27, 2019, 08:29:04
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Sam. He was a great guy and a good friend. I rode many times with him and was at many events also. He will be missed. It’s funny cause I was just thinking of him on Sunday afternoon and was wondering how he was doing. My condolences to his family.
Rosie Genuario
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Deepest Sympathy
Reply #1 on : Wed March 27, 2019, 07:13:38
Marisa & John,

I am so sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers during this difficult time.

Rosie (Mecca) Genuario