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Samuel A. Lattanzio, Jr.

November 3, 1956 - June 3, 2021

            Samuel A. “Sam” Lattanzio, Jr., age 64, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

          Born in Wilmington, DE, on November 3, 1956, he was a son of the late Samuel A. and Dorothy (Wyszynski) Lattanzio, Sr. Sam graduated from St. Mark’s High School in 1974. He made his career as a heavy equipment operator for Local #542 Operating Engineers, then retired after 45 years. Sam was a loyal member of the Claymore Senior Center since 2015. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, and cherished time spent with his grandchildren.

          In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Karen T. (DalGesso) Lattanzio; father-in-law, Pietro DalGesso; mother-in-law, Joan (Morano) DalGesso; and brother-in-law, Thomas Santa Barbara, Sr. He is survived by his children, William Lattanzio I (Sonya) and Samantha Lattanzio (Joseph Weeks); sisters, Missy Harrison (Bub) and Gina Whiteman (Danny); grandsons, William Lattanzio II, Aren Sapp, and Nathan Sapp; sisters-in-law, Tina Paxson (Eric Sharp) and Maria Santa Barbara; and many nieces and nephews.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 12 pm until 1 pm on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, followed by a funeral service at 1 pm. Entombment will be held in Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC and Governor of Delaware.

          In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sam’s memory to Faithful Friends Animal Society, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, Delaware 19804 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 669, New Castle, DE 19720.

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10 Guestbook messages for Samuel A. Lattanzio, Jr.

  • Rest in Peace now Sam…my dear brother in law.

  • Sorry for your loss.R.I.P. Donna&Rod

  • Rest In Peace Sam! Karen will be welcoming you with open arms.

  • No more suffering Sam, and I’m sure you’re happy to be with Karen again. Love you and miss you terribly.

  • May God be with you and you with him Sam. Although we went our separate ways after high school, you were my friend and we had a blast together. Be with Karen in ever lasting peace.

  • Hi my name is Leon Treherne I’m so sorry for your lost I worked with Sammy a many years he was a good guy he taught me a lot about running equipment if there anything I can do please contact me …. Again I’m so sorry for your lost

  • Missy, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, family and friends of Sam Lattanzio, Jr. ,
    It was with great sadness that I read Sam’s obituary that my brother sent to me. When I was 17 years old, Sam took me to our senior prom at Saint Mark’s and Ocean City, MD the next day. Although I haven’t seen Sam since 1974, I have wonderful memories of the brief time we dated and the times I spent with him, Jimmy Anderson and Mark Quinn including my graduation party, going to a Yes and Peter Frampton Concert and riding around listening to music. I see that you have lost so many loved ones including Sam’s parents that I had the pleasure of meeting, wife Karen of 32 years, father-in-law and mother-in-law. I live in York, PA with my husband and son and will not be able to attend the funeral service, but I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of an irreplaceable brother, father, grandfather, relative and friend whose life was cut too short. I will always remember those good times and Sam’s smile. I hope your memories will sustain you during this difficult time.

  • Samantha, Billy, Aren, Nathan & Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts & my prayers & I hope you can find comfort in knowing your Dad is with your Mom, happy, no longer suffering & has finally found eternal peace.
    Sincerely,
    Diane, Ed, Angela, Justin, Kyle & Haley

  • Missy, Giña, Billy,, Samantha and families. It breaks my heart to lose two beautiful souls leave us. At family gatherings they were like Sunshine around us! Think of them dancing in Heaven together now!💓 That’s how I remember my parents now. Two beautiful souls together forever. Until we see them again and we will. I am very sorry for not being at the funeral but my circumstances prevented it. You allall have my love and blessings with you. Donna

  • Missy,
    It was sad to read of Sam’s passing. I remember him well, after all these years. My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Gerry (the long haired guy that took you to your prom)