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Salvatore J. "Sam" Mangione, the owner of Sam's Place and a former bartender and truck driver, died Monday (March 23, 1998) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness.

Mangione, 69, of Expressway Village, was born in Niagara Falls and attended local schools.

He owned and operated Sam's Place Lounge and restaurant on McKenna Avenue for the last 10 years. Prior to that, he was a bartender at Topper Tavern, a molder at the former Frontier Foundry and in the 1970s had been a truck driver for Nehi Beverages.

Mangione is survived by his wife, the former Judith Judware; two sons, Salvatore M. and Gary J., both of Niagara Falls; a stepson, Rodney Daniels of Lacey, Wash.; two daughters, Kathleen Bongiovanni and Kelly Easterly, both of Niagara Falls; two stepdaughters, Tammi Foresta of Grand Island and Sandra Reid of Niagara Falls; his mother, Rose of Niagara Falls; two brothers, Joseph and Frank, both of Niagara Falls; seven grandchildren; 11 stepgrandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, following prayers at 8:45 in the M.J. Colucci and Son Funeral Chapel, 468 19th St., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls.

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