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NANTICOKE REMEMBERS

Sam Ziontz


         Samuel Ziontz, born in Nanticoke  in 1915, was a U.S. Army veteran and owned and operated Castle
 Clothing Store  in Nanticoke  for many years.

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The business was at 164 E. Main Street between 1948 and 1950. You could buy a 2-pants gabardine suit for $34.77 at “veterans operated Castle Clothes.”

  Ziontz was a member of St. Francis Church, Knights of Columbus and the Nanticoke Housing Authority, and was an aviator who, along with David Jenkins and Daniel B. Yatsko, well known Nanticoke businessmen, and Robert Frey, flew from Pa. to Cuba in a single engine plane in 1956.

 

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Samuel Ziontz flying over Nanticoke on Decoration Day to salute the dead vets. Photograph by Broody Studio, Plymouth, 1954. (Courtesy of Mrs. Vincent Znaniecki)

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The business moved to 161 S. Market Street in 1951, where it remained until 1974 when the building was demolished by the Nanticoke Redevelopment Authority.

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Sam married Mary Mattey, who passed away in 2003. Ziontz was 90 years of age when he passed away at Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on 11 March 2006 and was entombed in the mausoleum in St. Francis Cemetery. There are no children listed in his obituary.
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