Obituary: Sam F. Villanti, 91, Lowville
Published: February 11, 2024
By: Provided by Sundquist Funeral Home
Sam F. Villanti
LOWVILLE - 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
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,
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
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