Gloucester — Vito G. Benedetto, 92, passed from this earth on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in the Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, following a long illness. He was the devoted husband of Priscilla F. (Sawyer) Benedetto, who died in February 2003.
Born in Milford on June 22, 1921, he was the son of the late Dominic and Rose (Morrili) Benedetto. He had resided in Gloucester since 1932. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served aboard the USS Card Aircraft Carrier with the submarine patrol before being honorably discharged in December 1945. He was the proud recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation for destroying more submarines than any other team.
Vito was employed as an ice maker with Cape Pond Ice Company for forty-five years before retiring in 1985. He was also a member of the Capt. Lester S. Wass Post #3, American Legion.
He is survived by his four children, Robert Cusick and Marilyn Misuraca, both of Gloucester, and Marjorie Meinerth and her husband, Lawrence, and Joyce O’Maley and her husband, Michael, both of Florida; a brother, Dominic Benedetto, Jr. of Danvers; a sister, Gloria Schiminsky and her husband, Paul, of Baltimore, Md. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by his son, Ronald P. Cusick; three brothers, John, Alfred and Ernest Benedetto; and a sister, Lillian Rogers. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A special thanks to Rose Sawyer, Rosemarie Horne and Jenna Horne, as well as the caring staff on the Atlantic Shores floor at Seacoast Nursing & Rehab. Center and Hospice of the North Shore.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held on Saturday in the Pike-Grondin Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the “Resident Activity Fund” at Seacoast Nursing and Rehab. Center, 292 Washington St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Interment will be held in Seaside Cemetery, Lanesville. For more information and to send online condolences, please visit www.grondinfuneralservices.com.