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Samuel Tate | 96

June 29, 1924 - January 2, 2021

Samuel Tate, 96, of 107 Random Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Pinecrest Manor.

He was born June 29, 1924, in Bruin, PA, son of the late Guiseppe (Joe) and Concetta (Nancy) Provit Tate.

On May 21, 1949, in the St. Mary’s Church in Kittanning, PA, Samuel married Delores Rosenberger, who survives.  In 1960, Samuel and Delores relocated their family to St. Marys, PA to build and open the Dairy Queen. For twenty-five years, Samuel’s dedication and love for his work made him recognizable to everyone in town. With satisfaction in his accomplishment, he retired from the business in 1986.

Samuel is survived by a daughter, Christina Hagan (David Adams) of Canonsburg, PA; two sons: Samuel Tate (Anita) of Adams Basin, NY, and Daniel Tate of Weedville, PA; eight grandchildren: Peter Tate (Elizabeth), Adam Tate (Amy), Samantha Nedzinski (Jason), Stacey Webster (Thomas), Stephanie Tate, Jacob Hagan (James Gray), Julia Praskavich (John), and Joy Strennen (Matthew); and by thirteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Samuel was preceded in death by three sisters: Louise DeNardo, Pearl Chemelli, and Rose Kammerdiener; three brothers: Vincent, Peter, and Philip; and his daughter-in-law, Sally Tate.  He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Samuel was a member of the United States Army during World War II.  He took great pride working alongside the medics during this time.  He was a man who enjoyed the simple pleasures that life had to offer.  Samuel enjoyed being with his family, hunting, fishing in Florida, spending time at camp, and woodworking.

There will be no visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Michael Gabler, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Pinecrest Manor, 763 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to a favorite charity of one’s choice.




Funeral Service

January 9
10:00 am
Sacred Heart Church

Final Resting Place

January 9
St. Mary's Cemetery

Tribute Wall


  1. So sorry for your loss.
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Dean, Mary, & Ryan Hanes

  2. Sending deepest sympathy and paryers at the loss of your dear Dad and Grandfather.
    Tom and Georgia Wagner

  3. Sam I’ll miss you. You were a great friend and mentor. Rest In Peace my brother.

  4. Sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Denise & Kiley Pesce

  5. I will miss visiting with you Sam. It was a blessing to be able to visit and say goodbye during Christmas. Prayers are being lifted up for the family. Rest in peace Samuel, Father-in-law, friend, Comrade and Brother in Christ.

  6. Dan,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
    Pam & Joe Lanel

  7. I remember when Sam first opened the Dairy Queen & worked with a contractor in the off season. He was such a hard worker. My condolences to the family.

  8. Samantha and Jason, we are sad to hear of the loss of your Grandfather. He definitely made a good name for himself in our town, and you are not alone in feeling the sadness of his moving onto Heaven. Peace be with you and your Family and let not your heart be troubled.
    In Sympathy,
    Mike and Peg Faulk

  9. Sam I’ll miss you. You were a great friend and mentor. Rest In Peace my brother.

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