After 88 wonderful years of life, Sam Crifasi passed on to his eternal rest on June 5th at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on November 6, 1925 to Dominic and Mary Crifasi. He was the sixth of nine children. Sam was a faithful husband to Mary Lou Jacocks Crifasi for 62 years. Together, Sam and his "Sunshine" had 11 children, raised them to treat others fairly, kindly, and to work hard with honesty and integrity. He recently said his only regret in life was that he was not married long enough. In good times and bad, in sickness and in health, they loved, cherished and honored each other. He continued in his deep love for his "Sunshine", visiting her grave every Sunday, bringing fresh roses and playing the song, "Hello Mary Lou" on the drive. Sam was a Naval veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He maintained a special bond with his shipmates for the remainder of his life attending many ship reunions. He took great pride in hosting the Destroyer Squadron 48 reunion in 1990 here in Baton Rouge. Sam founded Hi Nabor Supermarket in 1963 with his brother Francis. Under his leadership Hi Nabor grew to three locations and became an institution to many people in Baton Rouge. His children continue his legacy managing the Hi Nabor Supermarkets. Mr. Sam was a father figure and mentor influencing many people who worked with him. His kindness, friendliness and generosity to his customers, employees, family and friends are legendary in this community. He served on the Board of Directors for Associated Grocers for more than 42 years. He was the Corporations Secretary from 1981 through 2006. He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Jacocks Crifasi, daughter Margaret Ann and daughter Phyllis Ann Crifasi twin sister of Philip Crifasi, father Dominic Crifasi; mother Mary Montagnino Crifasi; brother Peter Crifasi; and sister Rose. He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law; Linda and Tibor Annus of Perth, Western Australia, and Jan Crifasi of Brusly, LA; He is survived by seven sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Robin Crifasi from Watson, LA; Sam Jr. "Buddy" and Debbie Crifasi; James "Jim" and Margaret Crifasi; John and Nancy Crifasi; Jeff and Terri Crifasi; Jerry and Elizabeth Crifasi; and Joey Crifasi, all of Baton Rouge. Eighteen grandchildren Julian Annis, Yvette Annus Keys, Monica Annus, Adrian Annas from Western Australia, April Crifasi Puckett, Aaron Crifasi, Nathan Crifasi, Joshua Crifasi, Jonathan Crifasi, Christina Crifasi, Thomas Crifasi, Nina Elizabeth Crifasi, Trent Crifasi, Cody Crifasi, Dillon Crifasi, Luke Crifasi, Joanna Crifasi and Adam Crifasi. Five great grandchildren Gracie Ella Cassey, Ruby Rose Keys and Samuel Leo Keys all from Western Australia; Kylie Crifasi and Kailyn Kees of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by six siblings and in-laws, Jenny Fonte of Houston Texas, Rosemary Orr, Lorraine Drago and her husband Joe, Brother Eldon Crifasi SC, Ben Crifasi and Francis Crifasi and his wife Sally, all of Baton Rouge. Visitation was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East at 11000 Florida Blvd., on Sunday June 8, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation on Monday June 9 at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m. At his request, pall bearers were his seven sons, honorary pall bearers were his brothers-in-law James Jacocks, Harold Jacocks and Tom Leak Jacocks, and dear friends and business associates Jay Campbell and Bill Pizzolato. Burial was at Resthaven Gardens of Memory at 11817 Jefferson Hwy. Services were conducted by Father Donald Blanchard. The family would like to thank Father Michael Collins for his friendship and spiritual guidance; our Dads brothers and sisters for sitting and sharing their stories during his last days; Hospice Nurse Katharyn Dispenza for her care, guidance, counseling and compassion through this journey; caregivers Patty Rich and Jannibeth Spear; the doctors and staff at Mary Bird Perkins especially Dr. Pena, Annette, Megan, Mel and Rebecca. Heartfelt gratitude to Addie Neal for her love and care for both of our parents and us. It was Dad's request that the following be mentioned in his obituary "A special note of appreciation to my fellow workers, Associated Grocers, vendors, and salespeople for the past 50 years." In lieu of flowers, Dad requested donations be made to Cancer Services - Greater Baton Rouge at 550 Lobdell Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 or the charity of your choice .