Salvatore “Sam” J. Barbato, 81, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, after a lengthy illness. Sam was born October 20, 1931 in Cleveland. He had been a Vermilion resident since 1968 and had lived in Redlands and Huntington Beach, California.
He was part owner of Furniture Land, Elyria and North Ridgeville and had worked for Prudential Insurance and Western Southern Life Insurance Companies, both of Elyria. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Vermilion and enjoyed traveling. His joy was his family.
He is survived by his wife, Johanna Barbato (nee Januszewski) of Vermilion; daughter, Cheryl (George) Rettinger of Littleton, Colorado and daughter-in-law, Tammy Barbato of Vermilion; four grandchildren, Erich Rettinger of Denver, Colorado, Stewart Rettinger of Centennial, Colorado, Lauren Barbato of Mulberry, Florida and Robert Derek Barbato of Columbus; sisters, Lucille Narducci, Rosemary DiSiena, Joan Mullins, Cecile Guinto and Sandra Cardinal; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore and Antionette (nee Lococo) Barbato; brother, John Barbato; and sister, Antionette Lerchbacher.
The family will receive friends Friday, August 23, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion. Prayers will be said at the funeral home Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 781 Exchange Street, Vermilion. Father Ron Brickner will officiate. Interment will follow at Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.