Samuel Pugliese

Samuel Pugliese

September 23, 1922 January 11, 2020

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Obituary for Samuel A. Pugliese

Samuel A. Pugliese, 97, of Wernersville, died on January 11, 2020, at Phoebe Berks.

Born in Phillipsburg, NJ, he was the son of Nicodemo and Maria (Bisolo) Pugliese.

He was a 1940 graduate of Phillipsburg High School. He married his loving wife, Zelma Rose (Brown) Pugliese on March 4, 1944.

Sam was initially a Store Manager and successfully completed his career as a Maintenance/Industrial Sales Representative for the Reading-based Glidden Paint Company.

In addition to his employment for Glidden, he had served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. Sam’s duty included a tour in Italy as an interpreter during the Rome Arno Campaign, from 1943 to 1946.

He continued his civic duty as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Lebanon VA Hospital and Berks County Senior Citizens Center. Sam was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola R.C.C., West Lawn.

He is survived by one brother, Joseph Pugliese, Easton, PA, and two daughters, Marsha L. Raksany, wife of John A. Raksany, Madison, WI, and Janet P. Karl, wife of Leo E. Karl, III, New Canaan, CT. He is also survived by four granddaughters: Deborah Raksany, wife of Andy Wood, and their two daughters, Beatrix and Margot; Anna Raksany, wife of John D. Carter; and Melissa Karl and Jessica Karl. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.

In addition to his wife, Zelma, he was predeceased by four sisters: Angelina (Pugliese) Bianca, Frances (Pugliese) Rodio, Victoria (Pugliese) Krosincky and Millie Pugliese, along with two brothers, Anthony and Nicholas.

Sam was a loving and gentle son, brother, husband, uncle, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His wonderful sense of humor, desire to always help others and his positive approach to life will always be cherished. His indoor golf putting acuity, record-breaking Paddle Ball skills and undeniable yo-yo prowess will be greatly missed. His quips/Samisms will be remembered and quoted for years to come and his grateful view of life will be emulated by all who loved him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 10:00 am at St. Ignatius Loyola R.C.C., West Lawn. Entombment will be at Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum. Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at

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  • Mass

    January 18, 2020 | 10:00am
    St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church
    2810 St. Albans Drive
    Sinking Spring, PA
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    January 18, 2020
  • Interment

    January 18, 2020 | 11:30am
    Gethsemane Cemetery
    3139 Kutztown Road
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    January 18, 2020

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Ward Becker, M.D.

My sympathy to your families. I first met Mr. Pugliese when I was Mrs. Pugliese's physician at Phoebe Berks. He was always kind to me and helpful. After Mrs. Pugliese's passing, if our paths crossed at Phoebe, he always greeted me enthusiastically and caringly asked how I was doing. He was a good man.
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Ann Brookshire

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ann, Richard, Richard, Rachelle, Riley & Rose
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Linda Halpert

Our sympathy to Sam's extended family. Rest in Peace. Love from the Halpert family. Linda, Steve, Chris, Melissa and Michelle
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Linda and Steve Halpert

Our deepest condolences and sympathy in Sam's passing. Our thoughts and prayers with you during this difficult time. Love from the Halpert family
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Joseph Korb

Good bye dear friend and bowling partner. We have many fond memories of our bowling days and visits. From now on, whenever it thunders, I will know you rolled another strike for the Heaveny Keglers. Arrivederci Amico Barbara & Joe Korb
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