Vito Catalano, 66, of Springfield passed away peacefully at 5:10 pm on Sunday, November 6, 2011 in his home surrounded by his family.
He was born March 6, 1945 in Springfield to Joseph and Alice (Vaniter) Catalano. He married Jeanie Davis on December 18, 1965 at St. Aloysius Church and she survives. Vito is also survived by three daughters, Cathy (Ron) Fager and Nicole (Adam) Hergert both of Sherman; Kimberly (Dwayne) Fox of Colorado Springs, CO and one son, Vito Joseph (Maryna) Catalano of Springfield; ten grandchildren, Rachel, Jessica, and Ryan Fager; Alex and Tiffany Catalano; Emily and Alyssa Hergert; Lauren and Michael Fernstaedt and Elle Fox; four step grandchildren; two great grandchildren, Naomi Homer, Tanner Kincaid and Jackson Bailey due in January; four sisters, Maryanne (Ed) Smith, Carmella (Gale) Sandberg, Nancy Ousley all of Springfield and Helen Thomas of Irving, IL; six brothers, John (Sue) Catalano, Andrew Catalano, Joseph Jr. (Bev) Catalano, Peter Catalano, Anthony “Tony” (Paula) Catalano and Thomas (Theresa) Catalano; and numerous nieces nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Virginia Oldridge, Francis Smith, and Joanne Sowa and a grandson, Nicholas Fernstaedt.
Vito was a lifelong resident of Springfield and worked at CWLP as a meter reader foreman for 35 years. Upon retirement Vito enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working in his woodworking shop honing his skills as a master craftsman, and watching Fighting Illini basketball. Vito also enjoyed spending time keeping a well manicured yard.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society.
Visitation: 5 – 7 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 5 p.m. A second visitation will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at St. James Church in Riverton from 9:30 until 10:00.
Funeral Mass: 10 am Thursday, November 10, 2011 at St. James Church in Riverton with Reverend Joseph Ring officiating.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.