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Salvatore (Sam) Agostino


Sam Agostino passed peacefully Thursday, May 1, 2014 surrounded by family.

Sam was born Dec. 15, 1927 to Natale and Marianna (Ierino) Agostino. Born the youngest of four, he was brother to Al, Flora and Eva. Raised in "Little Italy" Duluth, he met and fell in love with June (Tilleskjor). They married and had six children. Julianne (Roger) Hill, Michael (Mary) Agostino, Jeanne (Tom) Andrew, Joanne (Richard) Klang, Mark Agostino and Jodie (Larry) Rudd. In addition to his children, he was loved and admired by grandchildren Tony, Nathan, Jessica, Aaron, Natalie, Jori, Leigha and Kortnee. His great-grandchildren will learn of him through these.

His family would like to take this public forum to thank him for the life lessons imparted.

In life, he displayed a love and loyalty to family, a love and appreciation of remaining physically active, a strong work ethic, humility by making little of himself and most importantly a dependence on God that strengthened rather than wavered in time of tragedy.

In dying, he displayed gratitude for long years lived, enthusiasm for lives continuing past his and a peaceful acceptance of his life ending, knowing that when one is "in Christ" the tent folds only to be raised anew.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Alan Peterson, Dr. Jim Jorgenson and Dr. Lalich for their care and kindness shown to our father over the years.

Thank you also to Pastor David Mork for continuing their relationship when he could no longer attend Emmanual Baptist Church.

Benedictine Senior Center, thank you for providing engaging activities in a warm, compassionate environment that he enjoyed in his declining years.

Lastly, we would like to acknowledge Christine, social worker with Essentia Hospice, for connecting us with and then facilitating his transfer to the Solvay House. To everyone at Solvay, our last days were made that much more enjoyable by your constant care and provision. We are forever grateful.

If you shared a laugh, a tear or a smile with him, thank you.

The family of Sam Agostino.

MEMORIAL: A private memorial to celebrate his life will be held by family.