Samuel Castellino, of Mora, died on Friday, April 18, 2014 at home. He was 87 years old.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 5-8 pm. at the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.
Samuel Serge Castellino, age 87 years old, of Mora, Minnesota, lived March 4, 1927 to April 18, 2014.
Survived by sister, Maria Gambino of Italy; children, Maria (Kenneth) Cannady of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and Gino (Missy) Castellino of Grasston, Minnesota; grandchildren, Samantha, Christopher, Nicholas, Sarah; step-grandchildren, Lonnie and Christopher; plus many nieces and nephews.
Sam had a very amazing and storied life. His journey began in Sicily. After experiencing much hunger and poverty early in life, he was instilled with an amazing determination and work ethic that gave him the drive needed to take on even bigger challenges to come. He began seeking a better life for himself and that meant leaving Sicily. He traveled through Italy, worked in France for 7 years in coal mines and steel plants. He spent time as a farmer and did construction also in France. During these years he was preparing himself for his ultimate journey to the USA. He traveled overseas to Canada, then eventually to New York. There he met RoseMary Compisi, his future wife of 57 years. He began his career as a diesel truck mechanic for Cummins Engine Service, Fruehauf Trailer and Kenworth Trucks. During this time his daughter, Maria, was born. Not long after her birth Sam’s journey was to continue, this time to Minnesota. He moved his new family to seek out better living in the country and new opportunities, working for many years as a mechanic for Mack Trucks in St. Paul. During this time his son, Gino was born. In 1969 Sam suffered a serious back injury while at work. He was a very gifted mechanic and inventor, always with fresh ideas and new approaches to problems. These talents led him to a career with RayGo Heavy Equipment Company in Plymouth, as a service representative, and resulted in him traveling extensively throughout the USA, troubleshooting problems with engines, electrical and hydraulic systems that others had given up on. About 1977, Sam began his own business, in both sales and service of contractor’s equipment, concrete cutting saws, power trowels, etc. “SAMSON EQUIPMENT”, as it was known, proved to be very successful, with many loyal customers and was a source of much pride and satisfaction.
In 2005, Sam and RoseMary moved to the Mora area. They built their home and enjoyed it fully. Sam loved trees and was often occupied planting and tending to the trees in his yard and his other properties. After RoseMary’s passing in 2010, Sam spent time with friends and volunteered regularly at One More Time Thrift Store in Mora. He was also very proud of being physically fit; he was often seen at the gym and he ate a very healthy diet. It was his desire to be at his home for his passing, and he did just that, surrounded by his loving family. “YOU GO NOW.”
Sam touched many lives and will be deeply missed.