Vito DiAntonio, husband of the late Dolores Manna DiAntonio, who suffered a stroke several weeks ago died peacefully on Monday morning, June 22, 2020 at BrightView Senior Living in Catonsville, MD.
He was the son of Alessandro DiAntonio and Grazia Mazzagetti DiAntonio of Newark, NJ now deceased. He is survived by a brother Albert DiAntonio. He was predeceased by siblings Splendor Grasso, Michael DiAntonio and Daniel DiAntonio.
Vito DiAntonio was born on December 11, 1924 and graduated from Central High School in Newark, NJ in 1943. He was a proud member of the Silent Service during World War II serving in the Pacific theatre as a Torpedoman on the USS 406 Sea Poacher from July, 1943 until March, 1946.
After the war, Vito worked in the Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration industry beginning as a mechanic, then draftsman, designer/estimator and eventually the majority owner of DeSesa Engineering Co., a provider of commercial and industrial HVAC design, installation and maintenance services. Before his retirement, Vito was the driving force for apprenticeship and education programs for NJ’s HVAC&R Industry. In retirement, when not helping his family with renovations and repairs, Vito enjoyed playing golf with his friends. He was also an avid reader, especially of history and all things military and a visit with him usually meant helping with whatever jigsaw puzzle he had in progress.
He is survived by sons, Robert J. DiAntonio and daughter-in-law Donna Black DiAntonio, Stephen A. DiAntonio and daughter-in-law Paula Stajduhar DiAntonio, Richard R. DiAntonio and daughter-in-law Dori McLaughlin DiAntonio, grandchildren Lura D. Godfrey (Mark), Thomas R. DiAntonio (Ann), John P. DiAntonio (Caitlin), Meghan R. Vucetic (Mike), Daniel S. DiAntonio, Emma D. Baldisserotto (Mike), Sarah E. DiAntonio (Mike) and Lindsey G. DiAntonio (Chris); and great grandchildren Samuel, Paul, Patrick, Ellie, Lucas, Cora and Leo.
Plans for a funeral mass and burial are underway accounting for the impact of the COVID crisis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vito’s memory to St. Rose of Lima Church, 312 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover, NJ 07936.
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