EAST LIVERPOOL Salvatore R. "Sam" Capraruolo, devoted husband, consummate father, loyal son and brother, patriot, and a friendly neighbor for 53 years, of Thompson Avenue, East Liverpool passed away at Trinity Hospital West in Steubenville, at 6:41 a.m. Friday, September 27, 2013, following an extended illness. He was 92.
He was born in Noepoli, Basiliacata, Italy, on May 16, 1921, a son of the late Giovanni and Maria Forte Capraruolo. His family had immigrated to the U.S. when Sam was just 2, and he soon made his home in the East Liverpool area, where he remained for the rest of his life,
A 1939 graduate of East Liverpool High School, he served with the U.S. Army in the European Theatre from 1943 to 1946 as Private First Class 240th Quartermaster Depot Company Supply. Following his discharge, Sam furthered his education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he was a member of the first graduating class in 1950.
For over 30 years, Sam was a welder at the former Crucible Steel Corporation, retiring in 1982. Humble by nature, he unselfishly helped others in whatever ways he could, without expecting anything in return. A devoted family man, he was involved with the Boy Scouts with his sons at one time, and instilled a love of the outdoors in his children through hiking at Beaver Creek. A passionate reader, he had been a member of the Carnegie Library since the 1930's.
Sam was a longtime member of St. Aloysius Church, now Holy Trinity Parish. He was also a proud member of the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association and its Olde Guard.
Surviving him at home is his wife of nearly 66 years, Pearl Youst Capraruolo, whom he married on October 11, 1947.
Also surviving is a daughter, Mary Helen Kinsey and her husband, Ted, of Wellsville, and a son, John "Butch" Capraruolo and his wife, Kate, of East Liverpool. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Pam Capraruolo of Poland, OH.
There are six grandchildren: Andrew Capraruolo, Mara Capraruolo, Sara Capraruolo Price, Ted Kinsey II, Jessica Kinsey and Andrea Kinsey Krushinski, as well as eleven great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are two sisters, Lucy Capraruolo Beerer of Lake Elsinore, CA, and Angie Capraruolo Johnston, of Chester, WV, as well as a brother, Anthony Capraruolo, of East Liverpool, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sam was preceded in death by a son, Vincent, who passed away in 1997. He was also preceded by a brother, Dominic Capraruolo, and by a sister, Madeline Capraruolo.
Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Sunday, where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Holy Trinity Parish, with Father Peter Haladej as the celebrant. Burial will take place at Columbiana County Memorial Park, followed by a continued time of fellowship at the Dawson Family Center.
View Mr. Capraruolo's memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com