Anthony Vezzi, 94, of Gloversville passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012. Born in Naples, Italy, on May 23, 1918, he was the son of the late Salvatore Vezzi and Matilda Gagliarda. He arrived in America June 16, 1930, aboard the Dante Alighieri. Anthony celebrated his 13th birthday by having dinner with the ship's captain.
On November 23, 1941, he married Josephine Mongato. Anthony and Josephine celebrated 64 wonderful years until her passing on July 23, 2006.
Anthony was employed as a leather worker before serving in the army. During World War II he was sent to Panama as part of an artillery unit, then finished his service as an MP stationed in Tibadeaux, Louisiana. Upon returning home he worked for General Electric in the Turbine Division for a number of years, and completed his employment history as a color dye technician for Liberty Leather. In retirement he developed his many talents as an artist by painting, creating stained glass pieces, and crafting mostly Christmas items.
Anthony loved cooking traditional Italian family recipes. His family was first and foremost in his life. He took pleasure and joy in spending time with his grandchildren and especially his great-grandchildren. He also loved sharing stories of his life experiences with family and friends.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Staff at the Wells Nursing Home for their commitment, compassion and care given to their beloved father.
Survivors include sons Salvatore (Bonnie) of Montpelier, Virginia, Vincent (Sharon) of Niskayuna, daughter Rosaria Girouard (Brian) of Gloversville; 8 grandchildren Veronica, Christopher (Elaine), Sally, Timothy, Carrie (Scott), David (Danielle), Jessica, and Andrea (Joseph); 10 great-grandchildren; his brother Vincent Vezzi of Johnstown, brother-in-law Jack Mongato of Florida, sister-in-law Martha Mongato of Caroga Lake, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his bothers Mario and Guiseppe, and sister Mary Savarese.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, December 9 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Amico Funeral Home, 150 South Main Street, Gloversville, NY; where a prayer service will be held on Monday, December 10 at 9:30 am at the funeral home, followed by a 10:00 am Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of the Holy Spirit. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown with full Military Honors.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wells Nursing Home, 201 West Madison Street, Johnstown, NY 12095 Attn: Memorial Contributions/Activities Director or American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.