THROOP | Benedetto “Ben” F. Vitale, 86, of Beach Road, Throop, passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2013, after a brief illness in the comfort of his home and surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Auburn on Jan. 29, 1927, the son of the late Vicenzo “James” and Vincenzina Passalacqua Vitale, and had been a lifelong area resident. He would often ride horses back and forth to school for several years and graduated from Port Byron High School, class of 1945. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.
Ben’s passion was his work. He was a lifelong, second-generation dairy farmer in the town of Throop. He was a member of the Eastern Milk Producer’s Association and Farm Bureau. Ben also was a member of the Cinisi social club, Weedsport Senior Citizens club, I Can Cope group, and was the first class of the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Auburn Community Hospital. His passion was his farming, but his love was his family. He cherished all the times spent with his family and friends and will be sadly missed by all.
He is survived by his loving wife the former, Marie Zambito Vitale, of Throop, with whom just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Oct. 15, 2013; three sons, James (Christy) Vitale, Joseph (Pam) Vitale, and Benjamin (Sharon) Vitale; eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Marinda) Vitale, Micah (Anna Lisa) Vitale, Jeanna Vitale, Adam (Ali) Vitale, Jacob Vitale, Christopher Vitale, Jillian Vitale, and Amanda Vitale; four great-grandchildren, Framke, Kaleb, Addison, and Kennedy; six sisters, Martha (Epi) Trupiano, Lena (Frank) Misuraca, Nora (Sam) Chindamo, Mary (Ron) Starr, Josephine Vitale, and Bridget Iocolano; a brother, Paul (Sarajane) Vitale; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Vitale, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Ben was predeceased by a granddaughter, Noelle, and a brother, Frank Vitale.
Friends and relatives are invited to join the family at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mary’s Church for Benedetto’s Mass of Christian burial with the pastor, Rev. Frank Lioi as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Calling hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ben’s memory to either Hospice of the Finger Lakes or to I Can Cope, c/o Hospice, 1130 Corporate Drive, Auburn, NY 13021.