Samuel J. Setta, who had owned a motel and liquor store in Easton and had been a soft-drink distributor, died Monday of leukemia at Memorial Hospital at Easton, where he had been a resident for many years.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Setta, who was 79, was being offered today at SS. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Easton.
The Baltimore native retired in 1981 as owner and operator of the Wishing Well Motel and liquor store there, which he built in 1958.
For 11 years before that, he owned an independent soft-drink distributorship in Easton.
He had moved to the Eastern Shore in 1944 to manage a 7-Up bottling plant there.
He was a member of the Easton Lodge of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus.
His first wife, the former Emma Elizabeth Leas, died in 1974.
He is survived by his wife, the former Claire Lawyer Lappen; a son, James V. Setta of Washington; a daughter, Carole Setta Mentzer of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Claire Blades of Easton and Susan Greenhalgh of Royal Oak; two stepsons, Walter Lappen of Easton and Mark Lappen of Royal Oak; two brothers, Michael and Frank Seta, both of Baltimore; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.