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Joseph A. Caito Sr.

Joseph Anthony Caito Sr.

87, Indianapolis passed away Monday, March 24, 2014.

A lifetime resident of Indianapolis and one of the founding brothers of Caito & Mascari Produce Inc., Mr. Caito was born May 21, 1926 into the Italian American community in downtown Indianapolis. His parents, Mary Anne Mercurio and August "Gus" Caito, were first generation Italian immigrants from Palermo, Sicily who made their name in the banana and wholesale produce business. He was one of eleven Caito children including Phillip J. Caito, deceased, Thomas (Tommy) Caito, August (Gus) Caito, John B. Caito, deceased, Magdalena (Mag) Caito-Mascari, deceased, Frances (Caito) Navara, and Ida Rose (Caito) Meyer. Mr. Caito graduated from Holy Rosary Grade School, attended Manual High School and served in the United States Army. Mr. Caito was a member of St. Matthew and Holy Rosary Churches. He was a member of the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the American Legion Post 34 and Post 155 (Carmel) where he enjoyed playing cards. Joseph A. Caito Sr. married Rebecca L. Klonaris in Holy Rosary Church in 1957. She predeceased him in 1997.

Mr. Caito is survived by his three children, Rebecca Caito-Sander (Michael Sander), Mary Ann (Caito) Benz, Joseph A. Caito II (Kay Feeney-Caito); grandchildren, Robert Joseph "RJ" and Oliver August Benz, and Joseph Richard and Alyson Marie Sander. Joseph A. Caito Sr. was devoted to his faith, family and friends. He always had a spare set of Rosary beads to give away. He was happiest when he was working at his family produce business, traveling, raising his children with Becky and playing cards with friends.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 28, 2014 in St. Matthew Catholic Church from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Matthew Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at:

orileyfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 2345 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46260.


Published in the The Indianapolis Star from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2014
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