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Death – Obituary

Sam Vasile

Sam Vasile, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to all, passed away Dec. 31, 2021. Born Sept. 4, 1933, to Frank Sr. and Rose Vasile in Walsenburg, Colo., Sam was one of six children. After graduating from Central High School in 1952, Sam joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving during the Korean War. He married Patty Dolak, his wife of 59 years, on Oct. 27, 1962, and raised his three children, Kirk, Lori, and Greg in his beloved home on the Mesa. Sam was a dedicated educator who spent 30 years in Pueblo School District 60 as a special education teacher. He touched many lives and enjoyed keeping in contact with his students through the years. Sam earned a bachelor’s degree from Chico State University in California and two master’s degrees in education from Adams State University. Sam had an impressive ability to make friends and certainly cherished his dear relatives and lifelong friends. He was proud of his Italian heritage, making sure each of his grandchildren knew how to make the family spaghetti sauce and the perfect meatball. One of his favorite hobbies was golfing. He took his sons to the course every Saturday, and, at age 83, he was on the winning team of the Italian Invitational in 2017. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Sr. and Rose Vasile; brothers, Joseph, Matthew (Connie), and Frank Jr.; sister, Josephine; grandson, Gavin Vasile; and in-laws, John and Elsie Dolak. He is survived by his wife, Patty Vasile; children, Kirk (Marleine) Vasile, Lori (David) Knuth and Greg (Andrea) Vasile; grandchildren, Kyle (Kathleen) Knuth, Ashley (Victor) Martinez, Sara Knuth, Isabella Vasile, Charles Yonts, Madeline (Chance) Cooper and Natasha Yonts; great-grandchildren, Emrie, Avery, Bennett, Scarlett, and Corbin; brother, Charlie (Shirley) Vasile; honorary brother, Robert “Zeke” Kayes; daughter-in-law, Loretta Vasile (Joe Howes); brother-in-law, Jon (Sandy) Dolak; and numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends, including his gambling and coffee buddies. A eulogy will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, and funeral Mass will follow at 10 a.m, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1145 S. Aspen Road. Interment and reception to follow. At the request of the Vasile family, please wear your mask. Online condolence www.angeluspueblo.com.

Posted online on January 08, 2022

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.