Vito Victor Bartolini Resident of Martinez Vito Victor Bartolini, born and raised in Martinez, died Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Martinez. He was 94 years old. Vito was born on May 30, 1917 to Italian parents the late vintners' Giuseppe and Maria Bartolini. He attended Martinez schools and graduated from Alhambra High School in 1936. He started his career working at Shell Oil Refinery as a lab tester. In August 1941 he married the former Vania Valdisalici. During World War II he served in the army in the 86th Chemical Battalion in the European Theatre, receiving five Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He fought in the Battle Of The Bulge and was wounded in Normandy. After the war he returned to Martinez to work at Shell Oil Co. for 10 years and then joined his father Giuseppe in a father/son operation of the Bartolini Winery until the late fifties. After the winery closed, they subdivided the property, and Vito became a building contractor for Bartolini Estates building a total of 25 homes until his retirement. Vito enjoyed many activities. He was an avid bowler in his early years. He also liked pheasant hunting as well, but he especially enjoyed raising canaries which he did until he got his first stroke. He was a jack-of-all trade. He was always working on a project to improve the appearance of his property. He kept the family rentals in good shape. He also enjoyed growing vegetables, and he could be seen pruning his fruit trees on the property. His wife Vania of 70 years, his son Donald, and his son David survive Vito. His sister Lena B. Cerri preceded him in death in 2008. Services for Vito will be held at 10:30am. on Thursday, May 24, at Connolly and Taylor Mortuary, 4000 Alhambra Av., Martinez. Internment will immediately follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette at 1965 Reliez Valley Rd. Lafayette, CA. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to a
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Published in Contra Costa Times from May 22 to May 24, 2012