Vito A. Alongi, 93, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston, NY. Born in Niagara Falls, NY, he was the son of the late Giuseppe and Carmelena (Meli) Alongi.
Vito moved to Brooklyn, NY, as child with his family, where he was raised and educated in the Brooklyn Public School System. He moved back to Niagara Falls in the late 1930's, and in 1939 began a thirty-two year career with the former Hooker Chemical Company as a Class A Machinist retiring in 1975. During World War II, Vito served in the United States Army-Air Force as a Staff Sergeant stationed in Alaska from 1941 until his honorable discharge in 1944. On September 23, 1950, he married Hilkka E. (Detch) Alongi in St. Joseph's Church in Niagara Falls, NY. Mrs. Alongi predeceased him on April 5, 2008. Vito was extremely handy and skilled at a wide range of repairs. He particularly enjoyed woodworking and auto repair, and in his leisure time also enjoyed gardening.
Mr. Alongi is survived by his four children, Camille (Michael) Tower of Lucas, TX, Angela (John) Sondej of Guilford, CT, Joseph V. Alongi of the Town of Wheatfield, NY and Vito M. Alongi of Bristol, NY; six grandchildren, Julie, Scott, Brett and Matt Tower, Nicholas and Christopher Sondej; two sisters, Lilyan (late Robert) Buresch of Lewiston, NY, and Josephine (Eugene) Campana of Niagara Falls, NY; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also predeceased by one brother, Anthony (Corrine of North Tonawanda, NY) Alongi; and one sister, Carmella (late James) Bruno.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 5-9 PM at M.J. COLUCCI & SON NIAGARA FUNERAL CHAPEL, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY, where funeral services will begin on Saturday, November 10th at 11:45 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 PM in Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 27th Street and Independence Ave., Niagara Falls, NY with Rev. Duane Klizek officiating. Entombment with Military Honors will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery Lewiston, NY.
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