YOUNGSTOWN — Samuel Zoldan, Youngstown, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2006, in St. Elizabeth Health Center. He was 87.

Mr. Zoldan was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Farrell to Noah and Dora Prizant Zoldan.

Mr. Zoldan served in the 5th Armored Division of the U.S. Army in the European theater during World War II. After the war, he worked in his sister and brother-in-law’s store, Lazar’s Market on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown.

He created his own wholesale distribution company and later merged with his brother-in-law, Abe, at Yampolsky Merchandisers and went on to be one of the co-founders of the B.J. Alan Fireworks Co., Youngstown.

Sam was an avid golfer and bowler and a Cleveland Browns fan. He was known for his jitterbug dancing and his warm sense of humor.

He was a member of the Jewish War Vets, B’nai Brith, Ohev Tzedek Synagogue and Squaw Creek Country Club, all Youngstown.

Sam will be sadly missed by his wife, the former Sylvia Yampolsky, whom he married Dec. 31, 1946; his three sons, Bruce Zoldan and his wife Rori; Jeff Zoldan; and Alan Zoldan and his wife Laural; his daughters, Diane Burda and her husband David; and Judy Lockshaw and her husband David; 10 grandchildren, Rachel and Jaime Burda, Jared Kirby, Courtney Lockshaw, Alex and Ron Zoldan, and Chelsey, Lexi, Aliyah and Alana Zoldan; a sister, Lil Brodie, Sacramento, Calif.; and many compassionate, dedicated caregivers.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Harry, Jack, Morris and Leo Zoldan; his sisters, Cecil Lazar, Fannie Bostocky and Sylvia Polonsky; and a granddaughter, Carly Ann Zoldan.

Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2006, in Ohev Tzedek Synagogue, 5245 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sam Zoldan Memorial Scholarship Fund at Youngstown State University, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555.