Benedict Vincent Cipponeri
10/03/1933 - 03/02/2013
Our beloved Patriarch, Benedict Vincent Cipponeri, was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 3, 1933, and passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013. He is preceded in death by his parents, Giuseppe and Pietrina Cipponeri; and his siblings, John Cipponeri, Joseph Cipponeri, Mary Randy, and Grace LaCommare.
Benedict is survived by his wife of 60 years, Angela Cipponeri; his children, Trina Jo and Steve Wilson, Daniel J. Cipponeri, David N. and Terri Cipponeri, David and Maria Chris Rose Miller, and Benedict V. and Sue Cipponeri, Jr.; his brother Vincent and Lenita Cipponeri; his grandchildren Jamie Battisfore, Danielle Kazarian, Adriana Cipponeri, Arabella Cipponeri, Stephanie Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Dominic Cipponeri, Dante Cipponeri, Gianna Cipponeri, Donato Cipponeri, Natalia Cipponeri, Benedict Cipponeri, III, Kristin Cipponeri, Ashley Cipponeri, Elizabeth Vasconcellos, Christopher Miller, and Stuart Miller; and three great-grandchildren, Angela Battisfore, Daniel Kazarian, and the newest addition Kristina Marie.
Benedict and his wife, Angela, founded Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center in 1960, and became part of the first class of nursing home administrators to be licensed under licensing regulations. Benedict was active in the health care industry, holding multiple positions on various committees in the California Association of Health Facilities, and serving as a founder of the local Progress Valley Chapter. He was also an Associate and Fellow of the American College of Nursing Home Administrators, President, Treasurer, and Board Member of the North San Joaquin Valley Regional Health Planning Council, Board Member of the Stanislaus County Health Facilities Planning Council, President of the Comprehensive Health Planning Council of Stanislaus County, and Chairman of the Advisory Council on Aging.
Benedict also took an active role in the local community. He served as a board member of the Modesto Rotary Club
, was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation, and was Chairman of the District Concern for the Aging for Rotary International, District 522. He served as a board member of the Modesto Symphony, and was a member of the McHenry Mansion Museum, as well as a donor to the Gallo Center for the Arts. He also served as a board member for the Modesto Trade Club and for the Stanislaus County Retarded Children Society. He was the co-founder of The Benedict & Angela Cipponeri Foundation.
Benedict's life was a life full of faith in Jesus Christ. He was generous and fair, yet persistent and confident. He loved his family dearly, was passionate about the care he provided, and strived for and achieved success in every facet of life. He showed us his faith and strength, but most of all his love.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Franklin & Downs Funeral Homes. A visitation will be held at Franklin & Downs McHenry Chapel, 1050 McHenry Ave., Modesto, CA, on Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 4 - 9 pm. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 8, 2013, at 9 am, at Calvary Chapel, 4300 American Ave., Modesto. In lieu of flowers, a remembrance in Benedict's honor may be sent to The Benedict & Angela Cipponeri Foundation, 2030 Evergreen Ave., Modesto, CA 95350. To send condolences to the family, please visit our website at www.franklindownsfuneralhome.com