YOUNGSTOWN - Sam A. Zonfa, 79, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, surrounded by his five children.
Sam was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Niles to Angelo and Minnie Peters Zonfa.
Sam graduated from Niles McKinley in 1951. He was a proud veteran who served as medic in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He attended several universities and graduated from Youngstown University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, majoring in advertising, in 1958. He was a member of Alpha Mu Advertising and Merchandising Fraternity. Continuing his love of education, he earned additional diplomas in a broad range of areas.
Sam worked as an advertising artist with General Outdoor Advertising in New York City before becoming an insurance agent in Youngstown. He began his career with John Hancock Insurance. He joined Nationwide Insurance in 1969 with his own agency in Cornersburg for more than 30 years before retiring to Las Vegas.
He resided in Nevada until recently.
He enjoyed socializing, traveling to warm climates, fishing, the beach, music and the outdoors. He had a passion for education and continued lifelong learning. He was truly blessed to have lived a full and prosperous life. His legacy will continue through his family and the many who knew and loved him.
Sam's greatest joy was his family, especially grandchildren. He was a wonderful father and admired by all who knew him. All will remember his jovial personality and happy, optimistic demeanor.
Sam leaves five children, Dr. Christopher M. (Kim Vitus) Zonfa, Kimberly M. Czuba (Ryan) Griffith, Lynn Ann (Ron) Bucci, Colleen M. (Mahmood) Moghadam and Dr. Charles A. (Leslie Celebrezze) Zonfa; and 15 grandchildren, Chase, Mara and Patrick Zonfa, Stephanie M. Czuba Minor (Charlie), Sara N. Czuba, Sam and Graham Griffith, Gina, Dominic, Angelo and Maria Bucci, Jacqueline Moghadam, and Ian, Camille and William Zonfa. He also leaves his dear friend and companion, Mary Lou Gamble; nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Minnie Peters Zonfa; his sister, Josephine Brozman; and his brother, Dominic Gaetano ''Guy'' Zonfa.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
A private memorial service will be held for the family in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Family and friends can view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send email condolences at www.joseph rossifuneral home.com