MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Sam J. Sablack of Martinsburg, W.Va., and a long-time resident of Eastlake, Ohio, died on Aug. 19, 2012, while on vacation with his family in Lakeside, Ohio. He was 77.
Sam was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Midland, Pa., to Anthony and Catherine Sablack, the third child in a family of eight. He graduated from ELHS in 1952 and became a U.S. Navy navigator on combat planes during the Korean War. After the war, he attended Ohio University and the University of Maryland, earning a B.A. in Business Administration.
He is survived by his two children, Melissa Sablack Gonzalez and her husband Michael of Willoughby, Ohio, and Michael Sablack and his wife Nikki of Twinsburg, Ohio; and his grandchildren, Miles and Danny Gonzalez and Jake Sablack. He is also survived by his siblings, Helen Sablack of Silver Spring, Md., George Sablack of Fort Worth, Texas, Lillian Sablack of Martinsburg, W.Va., Mary Martha "Marti" Coghlan of Fredericksburg, Va., Millie Johnson of Las Vegas Nev., and Antonette "Toni" Sablack of Prague, Czech Republic; and 16 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his younger brother David.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Sam donated his body to the gift registry at West Virginia University Medical School. Ultimately, his remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Martinsburg VA Medical Center Library. Checks should be made to the VA Medical Center and mailed to VA Medical Center, Voluntary Service, 510 Butler Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25405 noting that it is for the Library, in memory of Sam J. Sablack.