Salvatore S. “Sam” Vasta, II

Salvatore S. “Sam” Vasta, II

July 5, 1955 – July 17, 2020


Salvatore Sebastian Vasta II, “Sam,” age 65, passed away from cancer. He is survived by his wife, Christina Vasta; sons, Salvatore “Sammy” Vasta III (Cassie) and Paul Vasta; daughter, Gina White (Adam); parents, Salvatore and Joyce Vasta; granddaughters, Elena and Briella; future grandson, belonging to Sammy & Cassie; siblings: Gino (Sue), Cindy, Michael, Ric, Tony (Johanna); and nephews.

First and foremost, Sam loved the Lord. During the last few years of his life he pursued his relationship with Christ after a life-changing experience he had on the way to a Chemo Treatment on June 22, 2018. Sam would often go to the early Sunday service at Wildewood Christian Church with his chemo pack on, then afterward head straight to Bergan Mercy to get fluids and to get the chemo pack taken off. He and Chris attended many Bible studies at Wildewood and formed many friendships with fellow Christians.  On March 24, 2019 Sam, his wife Chris, and his sister-in-law Toni, were all baptized in front of the church congregation.

Sam was born in Omaha, Nebraska.  Some of his passions in life were bowling, motorcycles, and NASCAR. He loved watching NASCAR races and even got his granddaughters to join in with him for a while until they would later convince him to watch a Disney movie. He loved playing with the granddaughters, from letting them bring him fake tea and cupcakes from their play kitchen, to having plastic ball fights from their bouncy house. He always bought Gingerbread houses at Christmas for them to enjoy decorating; sidewalk chalk for them to show off their masterpieces in the driveway; and often he would come home from the store with toys for them just because he couldn’t resist seeing them smile and giggle.

The last few years of his life, he loved putting up bird feeders in the back yard and would get special bird seed to attract particular birds to come visit. He would often summon Chris over to the window to show her a new type of bird that had stopped by to eat some of the food.  He didn’t forget about the squirrels—they would always have corn to eat and many times would flip upside down to get at the bird seed, which Sam and Chris found quite entertaining.

His last job was working in the Catering office at UNMC.  He loved working with his co-workers and thought of them as friends.  He would often tell Chris the stories of who had stopped by his desk to talk to him.  He loved his co-workers and being able to help solve a problem or two for anyone who would ask. He often talked about how loved he felt by everyone that would ask him how he was doing with his fight against cancer.

He loved his wife, Chris, his kids, grandkids, Dad and Mom, brothers, sister, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. Even though he didn’t want to leave and fought it till the very end, we know that one day we will see him again because of our faith in Christ Jesus.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Wednesday, July 22nd from 4pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Thursday, July 23rd at 1pm at Wildewood Christian Church, 1255 Royal Drive in Papillion.  To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, please go to and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page or click on Service Link below.

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  • Karen Logas Posted July 18, 2020 2:48 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am a friend of Sam’s brother Michael J Vasta. May God’s comfort be with all of you and know God is there for all of you. 2Corinthians 1:1-4

  • Fran Schwarz Posted July 19, 2020 2:51 pm

    Chris, I know that what you are going through right now is very difficult, just know that I am here for you. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  • Mark Digilio Posted July 20, 2020 4:37 pm

    What a great smile and such a friendly individual. He will be missed dearly and will continue to be a part of our lives. My prayers & thoughts go out to the family.

  • Josie Ferro-Magistro Posted July 20, 2020 10:33 pm

    My heart goes out to the family for their loss. Although I have never met Sam he sounds like he lead an extraordinary life. I am an old neighborhood friend of Mikes. May God’s love and healing be showered upon all of you at this time. In Light and Love, Josie Ferro-Magistro

  • Kathy Sturek Krska Posted July 21, 2020 8:06 pm

    Went to high school with Sam & he was exactly like this life story reads even back then. Always smiling & willing to help. Saw him about 8 years ago & still had the same smile as he did back then. Keeping your family in my prayers.

  • Reynie Schaefer Posted July 22, 2020 6:48 pm

    Chris I am so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing, I hope you know if you ever need anything you have my number. Please take care and I will have you always in my prayers.

  • Ted Melonis Posted July 22, 2020 10:39 pm

    No eye has seen,
    no ear has heard,
    and no mind has imagined
    what God has prepared
    for those who love Him.
    1 Corinthians 2:9
    Thoughts and Prayers, The Melonis family

  • Ted Bode Posted July 23, 2020 5:17 pm

    Chris, Reynie shared with us today that she had seen Sam’s obituary in the paper. I was so sorry to hear the news, but I know the belief that you and Sam shared about Christ and his resurrection will help to sustain you at this difficult time. It is so hard to lose a loved one, but knowing that you will be together again in Heaven some day offers a comfort that only Christians can understand and hold on to. You are in Colleen’s and my prayers.

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