Vincent Leo Ministeri, 68, of Ashley, died Tuesday afternoon (March 26, 2013) at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
He was born on Jan. 1, 1945, in Boston, Mass., to the late Gaetano and Josephine (Bonanno) Ministeri.
Vincent was a 1964 graduate of South Boston High School. After high school, Vincent served his country honorably in the United States Air Force and then went on to work for the city of Marion where he retired.
On Aug. 30, 1968, in Westfield, Ohio Vincent married his wife, Julia "Fran" F. Hickman, and she survives in Ashley.
Vincent was very artistic and loved to draw. He was a sports enthusiast through and through and enjoyed basketball, baseball, softball, bowling and golf. In recent years, even though he couldn't play those sports like he had in the past, he enjoyed watching them whenever he could. He was a word-smith and loved talking with and meeting new people; he was never short on conversation.
In addition to his wife, Vincent is survived by two children: son, Vincent (Kimberly) Ministeri of Gahanna and daughter, Aimee (Michael) Smith of Delaware; two sisters: Rosalie O'Neil and Christine (Paul) Prendergast both of Massachusetts; and two grandchildren, Cecelia and Marsella Smith.
In addition to his parents, Vincent was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Travis and Betty Helmar, and a granddaughter, Kya Jane Ministeri.
Friends may call at Gompf Funeral Home in Cardington on Friday, March 29, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home and the burial will follow in Peak Cemetery where full military honors will be observed.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider The American Red Cross Morrow County Chapter, 37 W. Center St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.
If you wish to share a memory of Vincent or to express a condolence to the Ministeri family, you may do so by visiting www.gompffh.com.