Samuel Frank Ciminnisi

Born: Tue., Oct. 28, 1947
Died: Sat., Oct. 10, 2020


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 13, 2020
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 14, 2020
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

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Samuel Frank Ciminnisi, 72, of North East, a very special part of our lives, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on October 10, 2020 at UPMC Hamot. This man with the quick smile left us with a wink, and a nod. Sam was our patriarch, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was born on October 28, 1947 in Erie, Pa. to the late Samuel and Josephine (Hawryliw) Ciminnisi. He graduated from St. Gregory High School in 1966 and was formerly employed by Welch Food’s in North East for over 30 years, retiring as a plant supervisor. He was a life member of the Brotherhood of St. Joseph’s Club, and of St. Gregory’s Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Samantha Assante and his sister, Patricia Dunford. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandee (Nichols) Ciminnisi “the love of his life” whom he married January 29, 1966; children, Samuel Ciminnisi (Lori), Christine Ciminnisi-Harmor (William), Sheri Fenstamaker, Deanna Walk (Daniel), sister Norma Morton, grandchildren Racquel Roberts, (Chris), Chelsea Ciminnisi, Ryan Bunce, Colin Ciminnisi, Kaden Ciminnisi, Jenna Fenstamaker, Daniel Walk, Morgan Walk, and great-grandchildren Grace, Jackson, Bentley, Meridian, Azalea, and Eloise, aswell as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Sam loved and enjoyed his time with his family, especially watching all of their activities. Sam was always in the stands cheering his children and grandchildren during all of their games. And on a good day, he would drive his Lincoln around town. He loved playing craps at the casino and dice and cards with his grandchildren. He could be found at St. Joe’s Club in the the early hours, having his morning coffee. His love for his family topped all things. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Autism Foundation or the Asthma Foundation. Friends and family may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and are invited to attend a funeral service on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Visitation and funeral service will be held at the back yard of the funeral home will full Covid-19 safety measures being observed. Interment will be held at St. Gregory Cemetery. Please send condolences to

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Noreta Otto
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020

So sorry for your family's loss. Sam was a great guy and wonderful boss. He would page me at by my real name Nor-re-ta. I will miss seeing him go by to see family. He sure will be missed. Sandy you and family are in my prayers. God Bless

Michael Martin
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
Dear Sandy and family I was so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Please except my sincere condolences.

Frederick and Carol Northrup
   Posted Mon October 12, 2020
You are in our thoughts and Prayers at this sad time. May he rest in peace.

Walter and Jackie Welder
   Posted Tue October 13, 2020
Aunt Sandee, Sam, Chrissy, Sherri, and Deanna,
We are so sorry for your loss. Uncle Sam always made us feel very welcomed and he will be missed. We love you all and very sorry we could not be there. You are all in our prayers.
Walt, Jackie Walt Lee and Kaitlyn Welder

   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Deanna, Dan, Danny & Morgan,
We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad and grandpa. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. It is a rough time....we just buried my dad in hasn't sunk in yet😪.

Eileen & Greg Wieszczyk

John and Peggy Maurana
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
Sandee, Samuel, and family, we're very sorry for your loss and we hope the Lord Jesus will comfort you and give you all peace.

Ray & Carol Wakley
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
We are so sad to hear of Sam's passing. He was a great guy who we enjoyed knowing over the years. He sure loved his family and has left a great legacy behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

Lynne Vilardo
   Posted Tue October 20, 2020
Sam was so full of life and always had a smile. I know he is enjoying time with family passed now, he will be greatly missed by many.

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