Samuel Fornuto Col.,Ret.,U.S.A.R.



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Fornuto, Samuel J., Col.,Ret.,U.S.A.R. Greece: March 21, 2010 at age 92. Predeceased by his sisters, Ripoldina Lompo and Eva Fornuto; brothers, Mauro and Ralph Fornuto; many beloved brothers and sisters-in-law. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Ann Fornuto; son, Joseph (Alice) Fornuto; daughter, Terri (Casper) Pizzo; sister, Antoinette Vacca; sisters-in-law, Helen Ferrari and Elaine Fornuto; cherished grandchildren, Alaina Pizzo (Richard Widdle) and Russell Pizzo; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear friends. Sam was a proud Army Veteran serving in the Pacific during World War II. He was an avid golfer and his family was the heart of his life. The family expresses deep appreciation to the caring and compassionate staffs at Kirkhaven, Rochester General and Unity Hospital. Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Service will be held Friday 10:00 AM in the funeral home chapel. Entombment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seniors First Foundation, The American Heart Association, Unity Health Foundation or the Rochester General Hospital Foundation in his memory. For more information or to visit Samuel’s guestbook please visit


  1. Lindy Romans on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Terri, Cas, Elaina and Russ, We at the Crowne Plaza in Auburn Hills are so very sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved father and grandfather. Our hearts are so much with you all.

  2. Alaina Pizzo on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I love you Grandpa! Despite this difficult time, I look forward to spending time with my family and friends later this week.

  3. Terri (Leuci ) Trendell (John) on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    It is always sad when someone dear to you passes on, but today, along with being sad, I want to celebrate Sam’s life. As Terri’s best friend since 7th grade, I spent many happy times at the Fornuto House. It was always a happy home and Sam helped to make it that way. He was always there for us in his own strong quiet way. He loved his family more than anything else,but also loved his country. We were either swiimming in the pool, fooling around in the basement, eating sweets that Mrs. Fornuto baked daily(Sam loved his sweets) or Sam was driving Terri and I somewhere. He would always take the time to talk to you and had quite a sense of humor(very dry)His passing,although very sad,has brought back to me many wonderful childhood memories that will always be cherished. Thank you , Sam, for touching my life. I love you and will miss you. Love to the whole Fornuto Family and sincere sympathy, Terri

  4. Marianne DiFlorio on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Joe and Alice, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your dad was one of my favorite patients. I’ll always think of Sam when I watch the Yankees. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom. Sincerely, Marianne

  5. Anne Vacca Smitha on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Love you uncle Sam….play a great game up there! Annie and family

  6. Elizabeth Ondyak on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mr. Fornuto, I did not have the privilege of meeting you, but I know of the value you added to our planet because I know Terri. Well done! My thoughts go out to your wife and family; I wish you peace. With loving thoughts, Elizabeth

  7. Vito and Josephine Leuci on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our prayers go out to you and your family.

  8. Chuck DeSantis on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Terri, Please know my sympathies for your loss. May your sorrow turn to joy with a lifetime of fond memories.

  9. John Yockey on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Terri, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Know that he raised a terrific daughter. You and your family are in Ann and my prayers.

  10. Julie Fornuto Goebel on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This year has brought back many memories of Uncle Sam. I thought back to the times we would spend together in Florida, always getting together on Wednesdays, and having dinner and being with family. I remember taking Jarid with me on one of the visits to him, and Uncle Sam played ball with him. Jarid couldn’t have been more than 1 1/2 years old. He was a dedicated family man, and proud of his military service. I am proud to be his niece. Rest in Peace Uncle Sam. Love you! Julie, Jeff and family

  11. Aileen Fornuto on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Uncle Sam was a proud american. I loved his stories and the time I spent playing on Candy Lane. He never gave up on anything and was even able to get my father back on the golf course after many years. I am sure he will push the Yankees to many victories from his spot in heaven. Your smile will be missed love you.

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