VITA FANIZZO QUINN, began her eternal life on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012. She had resided in Fort Wayne in recent years, but was born in Newark, New Jersey on Feb. 3, 1919. She was the daughter of William and Ida (Blasi) Fanizzo. As a young child, she moved with her family to Chicago and lived most of her life as a loving wife and devoted mother in East Chicago, Ind. where her husband, Martin preceded her in death in 1996 and she raised five children. Also current residents of Fort Wayne are Martin (Liudmyla) Quinn and Margaret (Carl) Norris. A graduate of Fenger High School in Chicago, Vita also acquired a post-secondary business education and was then employed by the Blaw-Knox Corporation of East Chicago when she met Martin. Later in life she resumed working outside the home as she served as a compassionate and effective patient advocate at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago. During those years Vita was active in the community with her husband with membership and leadership roles in the Bishop Noll Institute Womens Club, the Elks Clubs, theCesareBattiste Lodge and as an Associate of the religious order Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Other survivors are children, Susan (Douglas) Mrotek of Manitowac, Wis., Timothy (Denise) Quinn of Richton Park, Ill. and Gerald (Joanna) Quinn of Northbrook, Ill.; many grandchildren and great grandchildren (who will carry on the family legacy); two siblings, Jennie and Bill of Florida; and in-laws, John (Vern), Myrna, Minnie and Sister Kathleen Quinn, P.H.J.C. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Fiorenzo and Vincent; and sister, Margaret. "Vita will be remembered by family and friends as an engaged mentor whose generous spirit enriched their lives and whose avid reading and conversation and superb food preparation skills sustained both mind and body." Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 1 Wilhelm St., Schererville, Ind., with visitation from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Burial following Mass at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The . Arrangements by Fife Funeral Home, East Chicago. For further information call (219)398-3210.

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 27, 2012