Samuel J. Castranova

October 22, 1911 - December 28, 2008

Samuel J. Castranova, age 97, of Dallas, Texas, passed away December 28, 2008. Sam was born October 22, 1911, in Trenton, New Jersey, to Guiseppi and Claudia (Lipoma) Castranova. He married Margaret D. Thomas on April 24, 1936 in Trenton, New Jersey. Sam was a civilian employee for over thirty years with the U. S. Army at Ft. Dix and Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. After retirement, Sam resided in Naples, Florida with his wife, Margaret, before moving to Dallas. While in Naples, he was a member of the Elks club and the Italian American Club. Sam was a soft spoken man of great faith who enjoyed fishing, golf, and was a mechanical genius. He is survived by his son, Samuel J. Castranova and his wife Betsy of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Judith M. Capraro and husband Vincent J. of Red Bank, New Jersey; five grandchildren, Lynn Virdin and husband, William, Richard Castranova and wife Dina, Suzanne Capraro and husband Joe Freeman, Joseph Capraro, and Cynthia Capraro; seven great-grandchildren, Traci, Kyle, Linda, Sam, Maggie, Michael, and Maya. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, three brothers, and one sister. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, January 2, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, Texas, 75023. He will be laid to rest with his wife at Ridgeview Memorial Park at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Sam’s memory.

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Sam and Betsy, We read about Sam's father in the newspaper and we're so sorry about your loss. He lived a very long life and surely it was enriched by having Sam as a son and Betsy as a daughter-in-law. Walter and Delbra Bristol Delbra and Walter Bristol, January 1, 2009 Dear Sam, Betsy and Judy, We were deeply saddened when you told us that your dad had died. Our hearts go out to you and the entire Castranova Clan. This is a sad time for all of his loved ones, but the up side is that your dad is now once again with your mom...the love of his life. And better yet they are at peace in heaven with our Lord. Our love and prayers are with you, Len and Irene Cook, December 31, 2008 Sam and Betsy, So sorry to learn of your loss. Weren't you fortunate to have this loved one in your life for so long. It is never easy to say good-bye. Bob and Betty Jo King, December 31, 2008 Sam and Betsy, we send our deepest sympathy, may the love of your family and friends give you comfort at this very sad time. Bob and Jennifer Robert & Jennifer McAllister, December 30, 2008 So sorry to hear about your dad. I'm sure he was a good man. My prayers are with you. Judi Villani, December 30, 2008 We will sorely miss Sam here at Signature Pointe as he was a part of our family here for so long. He was truly a real gentleman and always ready to help anyone who needed it. Helen Joan Fletcher, December 30, 2008