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March 6, 1929 - December 20, 2021
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Salvatore (Sal) J. Caterino, Sr., age 92, of Taylor, passed away Monday morning at Riverside Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, after an illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Ruth (Budzinski) Caterino.
Born on March 6, 1929 and raised in Scranton, Sal was the son of the late Gaetano and Adeline Caterino. He attended West Scranton High School before proudly serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War prior to his honorable discharge from service on February 8, 1952.
He began working for his father at the age of ten years old for his family’s West Scranton generational business, Caterino and Sons Shoes. He ultimately succeeded his Dad and became one of the area’s first certified pedorthist. He owned and operated the business for nearly five decades, passing on the reigns to his son, Sal, Jr., yet always remaining a staple of the West Side community.
An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of the American Legion’s league at Pine Hills golf course. Along with the American Legion, he also belonged to the Victor Alfieri Club.
To know Sal was to love him and he will certainly be forever loved by his family and friends. Of Roman Catholic faith, he was a longtime member of Saint Ann’s Basilica Church Parish.
He is survived by his loving family, including children, Salvatore Caterino, Jr. and wife Patricia of Scranton and Michele Pehanick and husband Kenneth of Destin, Florida; grandchildren, Salvatore Caterino, III and wife Jessica (Butler), Nicole Benzeleski and husband Scott, and Derek Pehanick and wife Melinda; great grandchildren, Mia Caterino, Ethan Stangline and twins Hunter and Ryder Benzeleski; a granddaughter-in-law, Robyn Pehanick; and nieces and nephews.
A grandson, Julian Pehanick, and three siblings, Michael Caterino, Louise Veno and Mary Zangardi, also preceded him in death.
His family would like to acknowledge and thank the entire staff of Riverside Rehabilitation Center for the amazing care, compassion and kindness given to both Sal and his family throughout his stay with them.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Wednesday, December 22nd, at 1:00 PM at Saint Ann’s Basilica, St. Ann St., West Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Richard Burke, C.P., Pastor. Burial with full military honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery. Family and friends may pay their respects at the church from 12:30 until Mass time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sal’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital c/o 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.