Salvatore Donald Aleo, age 86 of Sterling Heights, gained his wings and joined his beloved wife in heaven on November 2, 2021.
Sam was born on May 18, 1935 to Salvatore and Rose Aleo in Detroit, Michigan. As a young man, Sam proudly joined the United States Navy, where he served his country with dedication and loyalty. After he left the Navy, Sam met the love of his life and future bride, Shirley Krist. They quickly fell in love and were married in 1957. Together they raised three beloved children: Therese, Denise, and Salvatore. Sam was a hard worker all his life and worked as a driver and salesman in beer distribution. He retired after 40 years. Sam never met anyone that he couldn’t talk to. He had a true gift for conversation and made countless friends throughout his life. When he was younger, Sam coached his children’s softball and baseball teams. He had a real love of baseball, and was a Detroit Tigers fan through and through. He also liked to bowl, play card games with friends, and go camping with his family. Sam will forever be remembered by all who loved him.
Beloved father of Therese (Doyle) Steil, Denise Aleo, and Salvatore (Janet) Aleo; dear brother of Micheline Delores Ludeman, Russell August (Pauline) Aleo; proud grandfather of Doyle (Lori) Steil, Matthew (Elizabeth) Steil, Amanda Steil (Keith Robinson), Anthony (Teresa) Caperton, Sarah (Ryan) Zemke, Katherine (Tom) Braun, Nicole (Jeff) Edwards, Salvatore Aleo, and Joseph (Fiancée Alayna Karsten) Aleo; loving great-grandfather of Leo Steil, Juliana Steil, Aaliyah Robinson, Kianna Mae Robinson, Zachary Zemke, Emma Zemke, Alyssa Braun, Kailie Braun, Thomas Braun, Benjamin Caperton, Alex Edwards, and Andrew Edwards.
He is also survived by many dear family members and friends.
Sam was preceded in passing by his beloved wife Shirley Aleo, son Anthony John Aleo and parents Salvatore and Rose.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday, November 9 from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Rosary at 7:00 PM.
Funeral mass at St. Blase Catholic Church on Wednesday, November 10. Instate, or gathering time, is 9:00 AM. Service at 9:30 AM. Procession to Resurrection Cemetery to follow for military honors and burial.
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