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Samuel F. 'Salvatore' Giansante, 93, former Elba school superintendent

Samuel F. ''Salvatore'' Giansante of Clarence, a retired superintendent of the Elba Central School District in Genesee County, died Thursday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Clarence. He was 93.

Born in Waterloo, Mr. Giansante was a graduate of St. Mary's Catholic School in his hometown.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 as a chief radar operator and supervised a crew of eight. Mr. Giansante was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines over an 18-month period during the war. He attained the rank of sergeant.

He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the American International College in Springfield, Mass., in 1950.

Mr. Giansante was employed in the Elba Central School District for 37 years, starting as a social studies and history teacher and eventually becoming a principal. He went on to become superintendent of the the school district until he retired in 1988.

He was a member of the American Legion in Elba and was a member on the board for The Arc in Genesee County, an organization that provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mr. Giansante served as a volunteer firefighter in Elba for many years. He repaired furniture as a hobby, grew roses, played golf, and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees.

Mr. Giansante was an active member of  Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Elba, where he served as an lector, president of the parish council, an elder and on its Catholic Charities team. He also received the St. Joseph’s Award from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary T. Garvey; two sons, Mark P. and Matthew; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence.

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