Vincent Zanetti, 88
Vincent DePaul Zanetti, 88, husband of Phyllis Many Zanetti, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Self Regional Medical Center, with his wife at his side.
Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Louis and Lucille Schick Zanetti. Vin began his education at Rutgers University which was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps as he had been participating in a government sponsored flight training program while at school. After graduating from the Pensacola Naval Air Station flight training program he saw action in the South Pacific serving aboard the aircraft carrier U. S. S. Essex as a dive bomber pilot. A participant in this theater of war from the Philippine Islands, Mariana Islands, Iwo Jima and the battles of the Philippine Sea, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals. With the end of the war, he returned to civilian life, married, started a family and finished school at Rutgers. Vin raised a family of four in upstate New York where he served the community as a Town Justice, a member of the local school board for 18 years, and a member of the United Methodist Church Board. Employed in the financial field, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United National Bank, President of the Sullivan County Bankers Association, and Secretary of the New York State Bankers Association. After the bank merged with Fleet Financial, a northeastern regional banking institution, Vin was employed as a consultant by the bank until he retired to Rose Hill Plantation in Bluffton, SC in 1988. In addition to many activities at Rose Hill, Vin served twelve years with the local Meals on Wheels program. He was a dedicated golfer, active with the Beaufort County Chapter of Grasshopper Golf Group and was very involved in establishing a new United Methodist Church in the Church of the Palms area of Bluffton. He moved to Greenwood in 2008 and was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church.
Vin and Phyl celebrated 62 years of marriage together. They have two daughters, Diane Zanetti of PA, and Randi Pfeiffer and her husband Jeff of CO; two sons Wayne Zanetti and his wife Mary, and Keith Zanetti and his wife Pam, all of Grahamsville, NY. He was also blessed with ten grandchildren: Stephanie Johnson, Kara Johnson, Miranda Johnson, Veronica Zanetti, Jodi Zanetti, Amy Hicks, Tara Poje, Brian Pfeiffer, Kimberly Pfeiffer and Sarah Pfeiffer; four great grandchildren: Ian Schory, Cecelia Poje, Anthony Hicks and Kane Poje. He is also survived by his sister Valerie Moxley of FL, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother Jay Zanetti.
A memorial service was held on Friday, July 31, at St. Mark United Methodist Church with the Rev. Barrett Alewine officiating. Vin and Phyl met at a dance sponsored by the Daniel Pierce Library. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in memory of Vin to the Daniel Pierce Library, PO Box 268, Grahamsville, NY 12740. Harley Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements. Messages of condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.harleyfuneralhome.com.
Helen H. Simpson
Helen H. Simpson of Roscoe, NY, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at the Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation and Residential Health Care Facility, Roscoe, NY. She was 95.
The daughter of the late George and Anna Landeck Hillriegel she was born December 16, 1913 in Fremont, NY.
Helen was a member of the United Church of Roscoe; a former member of the Roscoe-Rockland Grange, the Rebecca Lodge of Roscoe and the Roscoe PTA.
Survivors include four daughters, Ruth Pippo and her husband John of Hortonville, NY, Shirley Fuller and her husband Willie of Tulsa, OK, Beatrice Bloom and her husband E. Vernon of Napa, CA and Thelma Rieping and her husband Heinrich of Dumont, NJ; one son, David Simpson and his wife Sharon of Antioch, CA; one brother, Lester Hillriegel and his wife Margaret of Callicoon, NY; one sister, Anna Duncan of Fairport, NY; 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Kennie E. Simpson whom she married July 9, 1932 in Hamburg, NJ; one sister, Lillian Will, and four brothers, Harold, Arthur, Albert and George Hillriegel; and one grandson, Donald Gatrell.
Visitation will be Sunday, August 2, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Harris Funeral Home Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY.
Funeral services will be Monday, August 3rd at 11 AM in the funeral home. The Rev. Paul Cicio will officiate.
Burial will be in the Bon Air Cemetery, Roscoe, NY.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation and Residential Health Care Facility-Patients Activity Fund, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776 or the Roscoe-Rockland Vol. Ambulance Corp., Roscoe, NY 12776.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home Railroad Avenue, Roscoe, NY. 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200