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Sabato "Sam" Serrapede, Sr
Birth: Nov. 5, 1900
Provincia di Salerno
Campania, Italy
Death: Dec. 10, 2002
Middlesex County
New Jersey, USA

Sabato was born on November 5, 1900 in Agropoli, a small town in Italy outside of Naples. His parents were Gennaro and Emilia (nee Pappalardo) Serrapede. The Serrapedes had their own boats and worked as fisherman in Agropoli. Sabato's trade was as a shoemaker but he was also very experienced in the art of knotting the fishing nets and helping the family go out in the boats to make a catch.

He immigrated to the United States on the SS Conte Verde arriving in New York on August 31, 1925. Sabato secured a position as a shoeshiner and settled in with relatives in Brooklyn, New York. His American neighbors called him Sam, the name he used consistently during his life after arriving in the U.S.A.

Through his relatives he met Josephine Muro in 1929 shortly after she had left her hometown of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania and settled with relatives in the Dyker Heights part of Brooklyn, New York in order to get a job. They were married on March 2, 1930. On April 18, 1931 Josie and Sam welcomed their first child whom they named Emily Leatrice. In 1938 their son Gerald was born but he died of pneumonia in 1941. A second son, Sabbatino, was born in 1942.

Sam worked a variety of jobs during the Great Depression and the 1940s that ranged from shining shoes to cleaning up barber shops. In the mid-1950s he obtained a job as a doorman at a luxury high rise in Greenwich Village, NY. Sam remained at this job until he retired. He returned once to Agropoli in 1977 to visit his sister and a niece both named Italia.

According to the 1940 Census records Sam attended school in Italy until completing 4th grade. When he arrived in the United States he attended classes to learn English but never had the spare time to continue his education. That never prevented him from reading as much as he could and staying abreast of the news and political developments via radio and television. Sam set a good example for his family through his dedication to the jobs he held during his working years and through his encouragement that his children and grandchildren always take time to read a good book, newspapers and informative magazines.

Sam enjoyed the companionship of his pet budgie Petey in the 1950s. In 1963 his younger son brought home an endearing brown mutt that he named Miss Brown. In time he called her Brownie. He enjoyed walking Brownie and talking with the neighbors. Brownie passed on in 1976.

For the last 8 years of his life Sam lived in a residence located in Cranbury, New Jersey where he passed on peacefully of natural causes in 2002 at the age of 102. Sam did not want to have a wake and requested that a mass attended by family and friends be held in the church where he and Josie had been married in 1930. In accordance with his wishes, his body was brought back to Dyker Heights and a mass held at Saint Rosalia's Roman Catholic Church. The mass was followed by interment in the same vault as his wife at Cemetery of The Resurrection in Staten Island, NY.

NOTE: The name of Saboto is a misspelling which the family has not corrected. The correct spelling is Sabato.


1. Declaration of Intent #183840 for Sabato Serrapede, State of NY, Eastern District of New York, Kings County, Brooklyn, NY. Search for Naturalization papers in progress. Filed March 10, 1930. Sabato became a U.S. citizen in 1936.

2. Marriage Certificate for Josephine Muro and Sabato Serrapede. Certificate #3212, NYC Municipal Archives.S

3. Certificate of Arrival #2 34782/220073, U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Naturalization, dated Feb 10, 1930. Certifies date of arrival in U.S. and name of ship.

4. 1940 Federal Census.

5. Notes from conversations with my Mother, the late Emily L. Serrapede during 2009-2011. Sabato was my maternal Grandfather.

6. Serrapede Family Lineage in Agropoli from Imagines Maiorum-Ancestors from Campania,

Memorial Manager's Note: This bio is a work in progress. Edits &/or corrections will be made as information becomes available.

Most Recent Bio Update: 4-6-2013

Family links: 
  Josephine Muro Serrapede (1909 - 1995)
  Emily Leatrice Serrapede (1931 - 2011)*
  Gerald (Child) Serrapede (1938 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Saboto Serrapede
1900 - 2002
Note: The name of Saboto appearing on the vault is a mispelling. It should be Sabato. Family has not corrected this yet. Name in SSDI is Sabato Serrapede.
Cemetery of the Resurrection
Pleasant Plains
Richmond County (Staten Island)
New York, USA
Plot: M1 Wing 15 Crypt 19 and 20
Created by: EmilyAnn Frances May
Record added: Aug 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95191058
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With loving memories and gratitude that God blessed me with a loving Mom, Grandma Josie and Grandpa Sam. --Easter 2017
- EmilyAnn Frances May
 Added: Apr. 9, 2017
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. ...(Read more)
- EmilyAnn Frances May
 Added: Feb. 12, 2017
to the long life lived by this great Italian-American man!
- Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 24, 2016
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