We announce the passing of Salvatore Anthony Castelluccio, our loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, Godfather, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, coach and friend to all whose lives he touched. He left us peacefully while we were at his side on March 28, 2020. He was in his 89th year.
Salvatore is survived by wife Elizabeth (Hensch). He is the father of daughter (deceased) Christiane Castelluccio, son Prospero (Peppy) Castelluccio, (Debra Viccaro), daughter Liane (Castelluccio) Indrihovic (Paul Indrihovic), and daughter Cathi (Castelluccio) DiCicco, (Ralph DiCicco).
Salvatore was the proud grandfather of 11, - Christia Hollinshead (Earl), Corissa Robb, Caroline Humbert (Scott), Salvatore Castelluccio, Elizabeth Jones (Brandon), Christiana Vamossy (Nathan), Paulie Indrihovic, Ralphael DiCicco (Ashley Pellegrino), Angelo DiCicco, Catiana Harris (Marino), and Giovanni DiCicco.
Salvatore was the proud Great-grandfather of 12, - Julia and Presley Robb, Cienna Humbert, Easton and Eli Jones, Leo Vamossy, Peyton and Luciano DiCicco. Penelope, Marino, Kidd Harris and baby Harris on the way.
Salvatore was the son of deceased Prospero and Maria (Musmanno) Castelluccio and son-in-law of John and Catherine (Angel) Hensch. He was born on March 8, 1931 and raised in Stowe Township, McKees Rocks, PA. He was the brother of the deceased John (Betty) Castelluccio, Nicholas Castelluccio, Joseph Angelo (survived by Louise) Castellucci, Rose D’Antonio (Al), Ann Pascuzzi (Joe), Mary Lou De Fillip (Frank) and survived by Elizabeth Scuticchio (George, deceased). He was the brother-in-law of John Hensch (deceased) and survived by Jesse Hensch Koslosky and Robert Hilinski (deceased) and survived by Louise Hilinski as well as survived by his dearest friends Betty and Pat Ranalli and Flo Dickinson.
Salvatore was given the name "Toto" by his loving mother when he was born. "Toto" means "everything" in Italian translation. The meaning of "everything" described Salvatore's true character and his way of life. He was a giving and caring person. With love for his family and friends, he had the willingness to accept life's struggles and the determination not to give up. He inspired his family and friends to do everything they could do for a loved one. He lived his life to the fullest. He always said, "Age is an attitude, not a number."
In his early years, he attended Davis Elementary School and Stowe High School. He graduated as President of his class, excelled in football, basketball, and baseball sports. He played the drums during the half time shows at the football games and was the starting football quarterback player. He was not the biggest football player, but he had an enormous "heart" to play and win. After high school, he worked with the P&LE Railroad. He also was acknowledged as a Korean War veteran. At the age of 21 he met the love of his life, Elizabeth Hensch. Salvatore met Elizabeth while dancing at the Linden Grove Hall in Castle Shannon, PA. Elizabeth Hensch swept "Christy" (the nickname she gave him) off his feet with her beauty and genuine personality. They instantly fell in love and were married on June 13, 1952 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bloomfield, PA. They traveled by train to Niagara Falls, Canada to celebrate their Honeymoon.
Salvatore and Elizabeth were blessed with four children and a house in Robinson Township. They had company of fantastic neighbors and loyal friends. Salvatore believed in working two jobs to provide for his family. He wanted to give them everything the best that he could. He was an accomplished Sales Representative and earned many awards with Encyclopedia Britannica Inc. and engineer operator for P&LE Railroad for 44 years. He worked the Railroad night shift to do his door to door sales in the day. In 1969, Salvatore and Elizabeth lost their eldest daughter, Christiane to cancer at the age of 16. This is when Salvatore endured his strength, both spiritually and emotionally. He showed through example. He encouraged his family and other families that they can make it through such tragedy as losing a child. He continued his life right along with his wife and children day by day. His jobs did not interfere with his family time. He never missed a sport event or activity for his children and grandchildren. He was a motivator for all who were involved. He coached boy's youth football and basketball and was Head Coach for basketball at Holy Trinity School and was active in his church as an Usher for many years. He enjoyed taking pride in caring for his house, in ground pool and yard work.
In 2018, his adored wife of 67 years of marriage suffered a major stroke and resides with care in rehabilitation facility. Once more, Salvatore proved to rise above tragedy. He visited his wife every day and never left her side without telling her how much he loved her and he kissed her telling her she will get better. He prayed by her bedside and asked God to take him before his wife. His everlasting marriage promise of love continued until his last breath. He never gave up on his wife. He never gave up on God.
Only a few days ago, his illness suddenly and aggressively attacked him. Salvatore did not give up. He did everything to fight and he used his physical and mental strength to combat the illness. He sought for all medical services and advice. Fortunately his devoted grandson, Ralphael was able to be at his side to help fight the aggressive illness and provide comfort to him.
Salvatore had many loving nicknames. Sal, Sam, Custy, Christy, Mr. C. and especially "Toto". Salvatore defined the meaning of "Toto". He had the love of his wife and family. He also had prayers of friends and medical staff. He had cherished memories of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had the belief in God.
"Toto" had everything most precious in his life and will always be EVERYTHING to all of us. We were so blessed to have him in our lives. We will miss him and we love him very much.
With all of our love,
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105