Sam T. Soda, 70, of Des Moines, passed away on October 1, 2009 at his home. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 5-8 P.M. Monday and 4-8 P.M. Tuesday at Hamilton's Southtown. There will be a service at 6 P.M. by Society of Italian Americans on Tuesday.

Sam and his wife Marilyn owned and operated Saverio's vending at Nollen Plaza for 16 years and had worked at the Italian Festival for 29 years. He was a member of the Society of Italian Americans and the Early Wheels Club of Iowa. Sam enjoyed cooking, listening to a variety of music and tinkering in his workshop where his grandchildren knew "Papa" could fix anything.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of 47 years; his daughters Tami (John) Soda-Good, Theresa (Kevin) Goode, Tonette (Johnny) Soda-Stevens and Tori (Richard) Blonigan; his mother, Jennie DeFino Soda; his sister, Josephine Soda; his brother, Dan (Shelly) Soda; as well as his grandchildren Natalie, Anthony, Lexie, Johnny III, Samuel, Andrew and Nicole. He was preceded in death by his father Tony Soda.

A special thank you to Dr. Heddinger and his nurses for their care. Memorial contributions may be made to his family.

Service Details

Monday, October 5, 2009
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines
Also Tuesday, October 6, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
10:30 am
St. Anthony's Catholic Church
15 Indianola Road
Des Moines
Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Hamilton's Southtown

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