Remembering Salvatore Anthony Verrastro

Sal VerrastroSalvatore Anthony Verrastro

Salvatore A. Verrastro, 91, of Saugerties, New York, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening.  He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Sylvia (Michalczyk) Verrastro.

Sal was born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania and was the son of the late Dominick and Vita Grace (Bochicchio) Verrastro.  He was a graduate of Dunmore High School and received his undergraduate degree from East Stroudsburg University, PA and his Master’s degree from Temple University, PA. Sal is also a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army as a Medical Technician.  Post his service and education, Sal worked at JT Baker Chemical Company of Phillipsburg, NJ and at Ferroxcube in Saugerties, NY.  Sal ultimately retired, after twenty years from his lifelong love of teaching, as a Science Teacher in the Saugerties Central School system.

In addition to his military service and career, Sal was an active member of the community. He served as the Past President of Saugerties Teachers Association, as a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree and Color Core, and as a member of the American Legion Post 72.  Sal was also very active in the Saint Mary’s Church Parish community, having served as Past President of Saint Mary’s School PTA Association, Past President of the Holy Name Society, and as a Commentator and Eucharistic Minister at Saint Mary’s Church.

Sal was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and loyal friend who will be missed more than words can express. His family always came first and he was incredibly proud of his children and grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Sal is survived by his daughter Sandy and husband Gene DiCesare in Massachusetts, and two sons, Paul and wife Ingrid Verrastro, and John Verrastro, both in California.  Sal is also survived by his four grandchildren, his sister Catherine (Verrastro) Gavern of Scranton, PA, and his brothers Dominick “Dee” and wife Dory Verrastro and Donato “Coach” Verrastro both of Dunmore, PA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Sal was preceded in death by his daughter Marie (Verrastro) Heep of Ohio, his sister Marie (Verrastro) Sileo of Nevada, and three brothers, Leonard, Canio, and Pasquale “Pat” Verrastro of Dunmore, PA. 

Services are being arranged by the Buono Funeral Home at 100 Main Street in Saugerties, NY.  A private family viewing will be followed by an 11am Mass on July 3, 2020 at  Saint Mary’s Church in Saugerties, NY.  Military honors will be held after the Mass.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.





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