OBITUARY

Salvatore "Sal" Joseph Magnolo

October 5, 1932April 15, 2021
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Salvatore “Sal”,”Sam” Joseph Magnolo was born on October 5, 1932 in Minneapolis, MN to his parents Salvatore and Florina Magnolo. He departed this earth on April 15, 2021 at 88 years old in Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents Salvatore and Florina, his 5 siblings Julia, Mary, Riki, Josephine and Peter Magnolo. He is survived by his wife Donna, 3 children; Sharon, Steven and Michael Magnolo, 5 step-children; Geoffrey, Scott, Lisa, LeeAnne and Todd, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Sal accomplished many things in his life. His parents migrated here to the United States from Italy and he was proud to be a first generation American. He was brought up Catholic and had his first communion at 8 years old. He was proud of graduating high school and attending many of the high school reunions. He joined the US Army on February 26, 1951 and served a tour in the Korean War and was Honorably discharged from the Army as a Private First Class on February 16, 1954. He was proud of his service and this accomplishment. He coached and played hockey with his sons, as well as he coached girls softball with his daughter. He went on to play in the Senior Hockey and Softball League. He had a passion for golf, stock car races and playing poker. His golf record was 9 holes in 1!! He was a claims agent for a Life Insurance company most of his life, a car salesman and worked in the construction industry before he retired. Sal loved family, life and now he will be playing on that big golf course in the sky. He will be truly missed by all and will always and forever be in our hearts.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

Memories

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Tinamarie Feil

May 1, 2021

Dearest Donna, Sharon, Steve and Mike,
I had written a comment about a week ago, but I don’t see it here. It’s nice to read all the wonderful shares people have posted. I thank Uncle Sal for my love of car racing and I have such fond memories from childhood summer visits. Mom and I send love and sympathy to you all, he will be missed and long remembered. ❤️ Marie and Tinamarie Feil

Alan Johnson

April 29, 2021

Sal's signature greeting with me was "captain, my captain". He was a scripture reader in church (All Saints Lutheran Church) and once started a reading in Italian as an attention getter. Usually dressed in shorts and a golf shirt, he and Donna sat in the same pews every Sunday. That was, of course if he didn't have a T time on Sunday. I loved bantering with him greeting him in the parking lot. Addio amico

Claire Magnolo

April 26, 2021

We love and miss you Sal. What a fun, loving Papa you were to Grant and all your grandkids. I remember you greeting Grant with your huge hugs and booming voice as you bent down to take him in your arms. What great memories! Love you Sal.

Brandi Davis

April 22, 2021

Grandpa Sal I miss you so much. It feels like a very bad dream that I can't wake up from. Thank you for letting me care for you and be there for you in your time of need. I hope you heard the Catholic prayers I did with/for you on your last day on this earth. You would not let my hand go during them so I feel you did. I love you more than you know and thank you for excepting me in to your family when I was 2. I hope you watch over us and guide us as you would have in life. Blessed Be grandpa.

Debbie Magnolo

April 22, 2021

I send my love to Sharon, Steve and Mike. Your Dad loved you three so much, you where his world from babies to adults. He will always be in yours and our hearts, never forgotten.

“With Sympathy. Words can’t wipe away your tears. Hugs won’t ease your pain. But hold on to your memories. Forever they’ll remain.”

Arnie Reah

April 22, 2021

I will always remember our times together on the golf course. I will always remember how there were few quiet moments between shots, and yet you always seemed to hit them down the middle! I will never forget the times we shared our love for Christ with each other on the golf course.

Joe & Lin Darby

April 21, 2021

We will miss Sal and his happy spirit. We have so many good memories of times on the golf course and at church. He will be missed.

Bob and Linda Chernrr

April 21, 2021

We always loved seeing Sal who had a smile, upbeat personality and always knew how to make women feel special. He always put a smile on our face and made you feel good, he will be missed.

Kenneth Kerner

April 21, 2021

Donna -
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sal, was one of a kind and we all thought the world of him.

The AZ Lawmen's Tuesday Golf Group and the Cave Creek Men's
Golf Association, will miss his involvement.

Ken Kerner, and AZ Lawmen's Tuesday Golf Group

Rodo Sofranac

April 21, 2021

We loved Sal's jubilant spirit, enthusiastic sportsmanship, and genuine sense of humor. Lots of heart in that short body! 🤣 We loved Sal!

FROM THE FAMILY

Sal with his sister Jo and brother Pete.
in order from left to right; Jo, Sal and Pete

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Parents Salvatore and Florina Magnolo with Salvatore on his first communion at 8 years old.

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1st Communion

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Salvatore's graduation photo.

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