Samuel Tarquino

Samuel A. "Sam" Tarquino

Wednesday, November 10th, 1920 - Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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Samuel “Sam” Austin Tarquino, age 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Chambers Pointe, Chambersburg, PA. Born on November 10, 1920 in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Pasquale & Giovanna (Vagnoni) Tarquino.
Sam graduated from the former Chambersburg High School in 1939. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he was an aerial gunner on a B-29 Superfortress in the 20th US Air Force, 502nd Bomb Group, 315th Wing. His plane number was Temper 54, and he was on the last bombing raid over Japan when the war ended. Sam married Elsie “Sis” Johnston, and they were together for sixty-five years until her death in August 2006.
Sam was a small business owner/operator for several years, and later worked and retired from M & T Bank (formerly Valleybank). He immensely enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, and being with friends and family. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Knights of Columbus. Sam was an active member of Corpus Christi Parish, serving on the altar and singing in the choir.
Sam is survived by his daughter, Mary Jo (Larry) Roland of Austin, Texas, and his son, Terry (Cathy) Tarquino of Fayetteville, PA. He is also survived by four granddaughters, seven great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents and wife, Sam was predeceased by his son, Dr. (honorary) Larry G. Tarquino in March 1967. He was also predeceased by three brothers (John, Eugene, and Joe), and three sisters (Andrena Isenberger, Euphemia Haas, and Mary Tarquino).
Visitation will be held on Sunday evening, July 21st, from 6 PM-8 PM at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. A rosary and vigil service will begin at 7:30 PM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, July 22nd at 10:30 AM at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA 17201. The Very Rev. Fr. Luis R. Rodriguez and Rev. Fr. Dominic DiBiccaro will celebrate. Interment will be held at Corpus Christi Cemetery, 651 Lincoln Hwy, Chambersburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Sam’s memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation online at, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, July 21st, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Inc.
    333 Falling Spring Road
    Chambersburg, PA 17202
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  • Service

    Monday, July 22nd, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, July 22nd, 2019 10:30am
    Corpus Christi Catholic Church
    320 Philadelphia Ave.
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  • Interment

    Corpus Christi Catholic Cemetery
    Lincoln Way West
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R.Craig Minnich

Posted at 10:10am
One of the finest men we have ever had the honor of knowing. He was such a great example of how to live a good life. He will be sorely missed. He is gone from this earth but never forgotten in our prayers.
Craig & Joanne Minnich

Lois White

Posted at 09:05am
To Sam's family. My deepest sympathy in the passing of such a very special, dear man. I cared for your Mom as a Hospice nurse and learned to know your Dad very well. I also would run into him at Millennium Motors as my daughter worked there, ( Lynell Smith Bird). My grandson Dylan often mowed the grass for him and we all loved Sam. May God give you His peace and comfort at this time.
Lois White Mom's Hospice Nurse.


Posted at 08:04am
I’m so sorry for your recent loss. My deepest condolences to your family. Death of a loved one is never easy to endure, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Continue looking to God and you will always find comfort in him (2 Cor 1:3,4). He will soon destroy the enemy of death (1 Cor 15:26), and He will soon return our loved ones to us through the resurrection (John 5:28,29). Please visit and search “When Someone You Love Dies”, it helped me through some difficult times and I hope you can find comfort in it also.

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Posted at 08:07pm
With love and hugs, You will be missed. Your Granddaughters and Great Grandchildren. We will meet again.
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Robbie Foreman

Posted at 07:12am
I have fond memories of spending time at Sis & Sam's house as a child. My sympathies to the family!

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