Matthew Joseph Vitartas
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passed away peacefully in his Canton home Dec. 20, 2013 after celebrating his 92nd birthday on Dec. 13th. Born in Braddock, Pa., to Anna and Matthew Vitartas. He received the Holy Sacraments at Saint Isidore Lithuanian Catholic Church. He attended Braddock High School class of 1939, was an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow, and graduated in 1943 from University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. He served as a U.S. Naval officer in the Pacific Theater during World War II on LST 909. He worked for Westinghouse, Union Metal Manufacturing Company and Roynan Associates in sales of street lighting and power generating systems. Always active in the community, Matt served on the Board for Plain Local Midget Football, Our Lady of Peace Cub Scout Troup, member of the BPOE Elks #2029 as Exalted Ruler and District President.
Matt is preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters, his wives, Mary (Stringer) and Mary Jo Staffileno (Allen). Matthew is survived by his children, Lynn (Reede), Michele (Sues) and Paul; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. With deep gratitude and love, we thank Hallie Staffileno, of the home, for her devoted, loving care of our father. His inquisitive wit will be missed by many.
Family and friends will be received Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rossi Funeral Home. A Memorial Mass is being planned for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
Published in The Repository on Dec. 26, 2013