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Place of Visitation
St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch

Time of Visitation
Friday February 7, 2014, 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.

Place of Service
St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch

Time of Service
Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.

Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Bluewell WV.

Sam Sidote---Welch Location

Sept. 4, 1921 - Feb. 3, 2014

    Sam Sidote, age 92, of Welch WV, died Monday February, 3, 2014, at McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation in Gary WV. Born September 4, 1921, in Bottom Creek, he was the
son, of the late Nicoli and Angelina Montoni Sidote.
    He was the co owner of Pocahontas Broadcasting from 1950 to 1988; and the licensee of WELC AM FM in Welch. He was very active in many civic clubs and fundraisers. His best saying was "hip hip hooray no school today."  He was preceded in death by, in addition to his parents; his wife, Mary DelSignore Sidote, one infant sister and one sister, Mary Sidote Larkin.
    Survivors include one son John Sidote and wife Vivian of Welch, and several nieces and nephews.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. from the St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch with Father Soosai Arpudam Arokiadass, H.G.N. , as celebrant.  Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Bluewell WV.  Friends may call Friday February 7, 2014 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch, from 10 A.M to 11 A.M.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Honaker, Rev. Tim Hairston, Carmella Miano, Luke Gianato, Jim Redmond, and Junior Lester. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Grasso,Rev. Chuck Hammond, Rev. Weldon Holiday and Joe Monti . In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to McDowell County Humane Society, Box 714, Welch, WV 24801.
    Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the Sidote family.
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  • Sondra and Frank Stamper
    Mar. 20, 2014

    The Sidote Family,
    Sam Sidote and WELC will always be a part of our wonderful memories growing up in McDowell County.  He was such a wonderful caring person and a winning personality that no one could match.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  • Bobby and DeeDee Lewis
    Feb. 7, 2014

    We were so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. As the voice of McDowell County, Sam will be remembered not only for his lifelong dedication to keeping our residents informed, but for the kind,familiar, and dependable voice that made Sam an extended member of every southern WV family who made WELC part of their everyday life.

  • Mike Nasser & Family
    Feb. 7, 2014

    "Boss Man" Sam,Mary,John, & the entire WELC staff were and always will be a great influence in our lives. The Sidote's were the conscience for the City of Welch and McDowell County. Thank you for positive inspiration and friendly smiles. Respect and Love Forever

  • Frank & Deborah Rushbrook
    Feb. 5, 2014

    My girls always listened for Sam to play hip hip hurrah no school today! They loved it. They are now grown women with their own families. Lots of years listening to Sam. Luv u John and Vivian. Take care and God Bless.

  • Frank Mitchell and family
    Feb. 5, 2014

    We are sorry for your loss. He will truly be missed.


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