Dr. S. J. “Sam” Nocita, 88, of Nebraska City died Sept. 29, 2013 at the Ambassador in Nebraska City. He was a long-time dentist in Nebraska City.
Salvatore Joseph Nocita was born on May 7, 1925 in Missouri Valley, Iowa, to Rosario and Carmella (Mangiamelli) Nocita. He graduated in 1943 from Missouri Valley High School. He entered the United States Navy on April 19, 1946 and was honorably discharged on Feb. 18, 1948.
After his service, Sam continued his schooling at Creighton University in Omaha, graduating from Creighton School of Dentistry in 1954. He married Josephine Teresa Longo on June 13, 1953 in Omaha. They moved to Nebraska City in 1954, where he opened his dentistry practice.
Dr. Nocita practiced dentistry for some 40 years until his retirement. Josephine preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 1976. He married Ruby (Gunsolley) Eaton on Sept. 27, 1986 in Nebraska City and they shared 27 years of their lives together.
Sam was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City and a member of the Knights of Columbus - 3rd and 4th Degrees. He also belonged to U.C.T. and was a lifetime member of the Elks.
He is survived by wife Ruby Nocita of Nebraska City; children Joe Nocita and wife Mary Sue of Omaha, Cheryl Wirth and husband Jim of Nebraska City, and Steve Nocita and wife Jo of Elkhorn; grandchildren Jennifer Nocita, Alan Wirth and Brian Wirth; great-grandchild Peyton; step-daughters Karen Eaton of Omaha, Janet Briscoe, Cindy Daffer and Traci Washburn and husband Brant, all of Lincoln; seven step-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; sisters Fena Ricceri of Sacramento, Calif., Frances Capp of Virginia and Mary Kelly of Omaha; other family and many friends.
In addition to his first wife Josephine, he was preceded by step-son Lewis Eaton and a step great-grandson.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nebraska City with Fr. Michael McCabe celebrating the Mass. Graveside services will be held at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Omaha with military honors by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors Detail.
A Parish and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gude Mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, National Parkinson Foundation or St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.