SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California (Formerly Niles, Ohio) – Salvatore (Sam) Natale, Montevideo, age 94, joined his wife, Grace in paradise on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
Sam was born on Christmas Day in 1922, in San Giovanni di Gerace, Calabria, Italy. He was the oldest of four children born to Angelo and Maria Josephina Montevideo.
As was quite common in the early part of the 20th century, Sam’s father immigrated to the United States seeking a better life for his family. Sam immigrated in 1940 to join his father in Ohio and three years later after WWII broke out, 20-year-old Sam joined the United States Army to fight for his new country. He served with the 752nd tank battalion in Italy as an interpreter for the tank battalion commander.
After the war, he returned to the United States where he met and married his wife of 55 years, Grace Giangardella. They made their home in Niles, Ohio and together they raised four sons.
Sam supported his family as a millwright, in a career that spanned 45 years, working first at National Gypsum and then General Motors, Lordstown Division (Ohio).
Sam greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends and sharing food and wine with them. He was an avid gardener, skilled handyman and a good cook who made delicious sausage and other Italian specialties. Sam loved to play cards and played every week with his friends.
For more than 50 years he was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Men’s fraternity.
Sam is survived by his four sons, John (Deborah) Montevideo, of San Clemente, Michael (Karen) Montevideo and Gregory (Mary) Montevideo of San Juan Capistrano and Richard (Candy Ann) Montevideo of Dana Point. Additionally, he has six grandchildren, Matthew (Kristin), Johnny (Christine), Michael, Amanda, Kevin and Steven and two great-grandchildren, Tessa Grace and Lucas. He is also survived by siblings, Joseph (Maria) Montevideo and Mary Jane (Eddie) Mosca of Niles, Ohio.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Maria Josephina and his brother, Philip.
There will be a Memorial Mass celebrating Sam’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point, which will be followed by a ceremony at El Toro Memorial Cemetery and a reception at the residence of Richard and Candy Ann Montevideo.
In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made in his name to either the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.
Arrangements are being handled by O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.