OBITUARY

Sammy Salvatore Anselmo

May 18, 1933February 7, 2020

Salvatore “Sammy” Anthony Anselmo was born on May 18, 1933 and passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family members - his greatest legacy - on February 7 at the age of 86. Known affectionately as “Uncle Sam,” Sammy served in the army from 1952 to 1954. He loved to sing and he learned how to play the guitar from a friend during his military service. After his time in the army, he continued to make music and was known as “Sammy Salvo,” a legend in Rock-n’-Roll. His brother, George, became his manager and together they toured around the United States. Sammy signed with RCA Victor in Nashville and appeared on Dick Clarke’s television show “American Bandstand.” As a singer-songwriter, Sammy Salvo wrote many of the songs for his records as well as for other artists to record. Many of these songs became chart toppers during his lifetime. Sammy’s passion for music and songwriting continued throughout his life and was passed on to other members of his family. He is survived by his two children Nancy Grundhoefer (Bob) and Tony Anselmo (Olivia). His nine grandchildren, Natalie (True), Michelle (Matt), Bobby, Theresa, Marybeth, Adell (Tanner), Samantha, Alex (Kasey) and Frankie; and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, George, along with his nieces Rose and Samantha, and nephews Anthony and George.

With loving thanks to Blanch Anchrum, caregiver and adopted sister.

Service will be at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on February 11, 2020. Visitation will begin at 10 with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Parkinson's Foundation at parkinson.org.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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Keith Leasure

February 9, 2020

I had the great privilege to work for the Anselmo family in their meat business and have the pleasure to work also with Uncle Sam. Such a great man, personality, and a wealth of information. I found out later that he was a singer in the 50’s. I downloaded later, when phone technology became available, his great music. To his family - my sincere regret for your loss. His memory is always with me. 🙋‍♂️

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Biography

Salvatore “Sammy” Anthony Anselmo was born on May 18, 1933 and passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family members - his greatest legacy - on February 7 at the age of 86. Known affectionately as “Uncle Sam,” Sammy served in the army from 1952 to 1954. He loved to sing and he learned how to play the guitar from a friend during his military service. After his time in the army, he continued to make music and was known as “Sammy Salvo,” a legend in Rock-n’-Roll. His brother, George, became his manager and together they toured around the United States. Sammy signed with RCA Victor in Nashville and appeared on Dick Clarke’s television show “American Bandstand.” As a singer-songwriter, Sammy Salvo wrote many of the songs for his records as well as for other artists to record. Many of these songs became chart toppers during his lifetime. Sammy’s passion for music and songwriting continued throughout his life and was passed on to other members of his family. He is survived by his two children Nancy Grundhoefer (Bob) and Tony Anselmo (Olivia). His nine grandchildren, Natalie (True), Michelle (Matt), Bobby, Theresa, Marybeth, Adell (Tanner), Samantha, Alex (Kasey) and Frankie; and 7 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, George, along with his nieces Rose and Samantha, and nephews Anthony and George.

With loving thanks to Blanch Anchrum, caregiver and adopted sister.

Service will be at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on February 11, 2020. Visitation will begin at 10 with a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Parkinson's Foundation at parkinson.org.