BENNINGTON - Giovanni (John) Italo Dell'Anno, 87, a resident of Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, following a long illness.
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He was born in Naples, Italy, on Jan. 28, 1927, the son of Paolino (Paul) and Concetta (Vecchione) Dell'Anno.
He served in the Italian Navy during World War II and then immigrated to the United States.
Mr. Dell'Anno attended trade schools and learned carpentry.
He was a self-taught architect employed at Juster Associates in Yonkers, N.Y., during which time he worked on several area projects, including the former Mammoth Plaza in Bennington, Bennington Square Plaza and Home Depot in Rutland. He also oversaw the remodeling of several Washington, D.C., buildings.
He enjoyed horses and horse racing, as well as rehabbing old bicycles and horse-drawn carriages and sleighs. He was also a wood finisher and avid gardener. He had been a road bike racer in Italy.
Survivors include his children and stepchildren, Pauline Violette, Patrick Jones, both of North Bennington, Dina Kreilich, Sherrie Jones, both of Naples, Fla., John Dell'Anno of Shaftsbury, Crystal Moffitt of Peru, Vt., as well as Tina, Phyllis and John from his marriage to Vita Marie; several grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; four siblings, Mary Napolitano, Antoinette Massaro, Nina Cristello and Anthony; his former wives, Beverly of Naples, Fla., Vita Marie of Waterbury, Conn., and Enza of Bowie, Md.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Dell'Anno was predeceased by two brothers, Archie and Nicola.
A prayer service will begin at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington, where friends may call from 10 a.m. prior to the service. The funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington followed by burial in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery.
For online condolences, visit www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Rutland Herald on July 28, 2014