Logo

Description automatically generated with medium confidence 

 

A close-up of a wording on a red background

Description automatically generated with low confidence

 

 

A picture containing text, clipart

Description automatically generated

 

ARCHIVES

ADVERTISE

CONTACT

 

 

A close-up of a catalog

Description automatically generated

A person wearing glasses and a red sweater

Description automatically generated with low confidence

Logo, company name

Description automatically generated

A person smiling for a picture

Description automatically generated

 

 

 

 

 

Text

Description automatically generated with medium confidence

 

 

 

Obituary: Sam F. Villanti, 91, Lowville

 

Published: February 11, 2024

By: Provided by Sundquist Funeral Home

 

Sam F. Villanti

 

A person standing on a bridge

Description automatically generatedLOWVILLE - Sam F. Villanti, passed peacefully on Saturday morning, February 10, 2024 with his family by his side.

 

Sam was born on July 14, 1932 in Syracuse, NY, the son of the late Sam Carl and Victoria (Sasario) Villanti. He graduated from Blodgett High School in Syracuse, and soon after he started his golf apprenticeship, which was interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Sam was a Private First Class, serving in the Korean War where he was wounded in combat. He received the Korean Service Medal w/1 Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation. On July 17, 1953 he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and was honorably discharged August 31,1954 at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

 

After his discharge from the Army, Sam continued his pursuit of golf and achieved his goal of becoming a PGA Class A Professional.  Sam was an assistant Golf Professional at Westvale Country Club in Syracuse, NY and then eventually served as the Head Golf Professional at both Willow Brook Golf Club and Carlowden Country Club.  He married Johanna Delles at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, NY on June 18, 1960. He started working for Payne Jones in 1962, in the Scheduling Department and eventually moved into various sales and production roles.  He retired as Vice President and General Manager of FiberMark in 1997.

 

He is survived by his wife, Johanna, their three children and spouses, Christine (David) Markham, Brantingham; Sam (Laura) Villanti, Honeoye Falls; and Anthony (Barbara) Villanti, New Hartford; his seven grandchildren, Luke Markham, Brooklyn; Nate (Tracy) Markham, Portland, OR; Hannah Markham, Chicago, IL; Melissa Villanti, Maitland, FL; Amanda Villanti, West Palm Beach, FL; Maria Villanti, Mesa, AZ; and Sam Villanti, Honeoye Falls. Sam is predeceased by his sister, Jilorma (Florine) Basile.

 

Sam loved his adopted hometown of Lowville, NY and Lewis County. He was elected to serve as a Lowville Village Board Trustee and was subsequently elected to the Lewis County Board of Legislators where he served for 26 years, including 3 years as Chairman of the Board of Legislators where he organized Lewis County’s celebration of the United States Bicentennial in 1976. Sam also served on the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, where he was Treasurer and the Lewis County Board of Opportunities. Sam felt strongly about giving his time to the community. He served as Chairman of the Lewis County Republican Committee and was a New York State Republican Committeeman. In addition, Sam served on the New York State Parks Commission as a representative of the Thousand Islands Region. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, Lowville American Legion Post #162, and Chaplin for Lowville B.P.O.E. Lodge #1605.

 

He was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lowville, NY. Sam was a long-time member of Carlowden Country Club where he served on the Board of Directors, including three years as President. Sam was also a member of Turin Highlands Country Club in Turin, NY and Teugega Country Club in Rome, NY. Sam enjoyed hunting in the Adirondacks with good friends John Parker, Henry Schaab, Bill Wormuth and Carlton Carpenter. In 1970 Sam and some friends established the first snowmobile club of Lewis County, the Valley Snow Travelers, which still operates today. His hobbies included photography and collecting antique wooden decoys, which includes an impressive collection of world class decoys from the Mason Decoy Factory. Later in life, his most cherished times were spent being “Buddy” to his seven grandchildren.

 

There will be no calling hours or local service. A military graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sam can be made to the Lewis County  Hospital Foundation, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville NY 13367 or https://lchf.networkforgood.com/

 

On-line sympathy of condolence may be made to: www.sundquistfh@twcny.com

 

 

 

 

Text

Description automatically generated with medium confidence

 

 

 

 

Copyright 2022 linkinglewiscounty.com