May 8, 2021

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Samuel Greenberg, 93, formerly of Kingston, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton.


Born in Wilkes-Bare, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Rose Cohen and Morris Greenberg; was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School and earned his degree in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of America in New York City.


Displaying an immense  love  for his country, he enlisted and served his country proudly in the United States Navy during World War II and was the recipient of the Victory Medal. 


Upon completion of his service, he returned home to Wilkes-Barre where he met the love of his life, Barbara Shapiro. They married, settled down and raised their 3 children. 


Sam’s love of aiding his fellow veterans was second only to his family as he became deeply involved in Veterans Affairs for more than seven decades. 


Sam was a member of Temple Israel synagogue, an active member of the Jewish Community Center, was heavily involved in Scouting, had a true passion for fly fishing and horses, was Past National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America and active as a veterans service officer into his 90s.  Upon becoming a resident of GMVC, Sam was the current president of its advisory board, appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania.  


In addition to his parents, Sam is preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara Greenberg and his brother, Martin Greenberg. 


He is survived by his children, Renee (Scott) Buckler, Montville, NJ; Gary (Cheri) Greenberg, Kingston, PA; Sheri (Eric) Gelvar, Baltimore, MD; 10 grandchildren, Max and Charlene, Elli, Nathan, Adam, Evan, Cody, Jake, and Evy; brother, Jules Greenberg of Kingston, PA  and several nieces and nephews. 


Deepest thanks and gratitude to the staff at Gino J Merli Veterans Center for their love, care and devotion. 


Graveside funeral service, with military honors, will be on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11 AM at Temple Israel Cemetery, Dennison Street, Swoyersville, with Rabbi Larry Caplan officiating. 


Arrangements by Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, 348 S. River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 


Memorial donations, if desired, may be made out to the National Museum of American Jewish Military History, ear marked Yartzheit Fund, 1811 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 or the Gino J Merli Veterans Center Residents Fund, ear marked Sam Greenberg, 401 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503. 




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Graveside Service
May 11, 2021

11:00 AM
Temple Israel Cemetery
212 Dennison Street
Swoyersville, PA 18704

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