Joseph Paul Vilasi Sr.
1934 - 2021
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Joseph Paul Vilasi, Sr.

Hermitage - Joseph Paul Vilasi, Sr., 86, of Hermitage, formerly of Binghamton, NY, passed away Friday afternoon, February 26, 2021, in UPMC Horizon, Shenango Valley.

Mr. Vilasi was born October 24, 1934, in Binghamton, a son of the late Santo and Anna (LaTella) Vilasi. He was a 1952 graduate of Binghamton North High School and served in the US Navy Reserves.

Joe designed flight simulators for L3 Communications, formerly Link Aviation Co., Binghamton. During his 43-year career as a design engineer, he worked on numerous top secret military aircrafts.

A devout Catholic, Joe had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and an affinity to his patron saint, St. Joseph. He was a member of St. Mary's Assumption Church, also in Binghamton, where he was involved with several ministries and church activities, most notably was his membership to the Charismatic Healing Ministry, serving as an adult acolyte for funeral Masses, and volunteering at several church functions. He also participated in Nocturnal Adoration in the greater Binghamton area.

Joe will be best remembered as a respectful and kind person who had a devotion to the teachings of the Catholic Church and love of family. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and was an amazing artist, who doodled over everything. He is recognized for his singing and whistling and his gift of storytelling. He also enjoyed jokes and playing tricks on his children and grandchildren.

Joe was a familiar face of the Susquehanna Valley High School football field, volunteering his time as a member of the chain crew for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy MacMillan, whom he married July 12, 1958; two daughters, Donna (Dale) Powers, of Lockport, NY, and Angela (Matthew) McConnell, of Hermitage; nine grandchildren, four and a half great grandchildren; and three daughters-in-law, Susan Vilasi, of Hermitage, Laura Vilasi, of Nazareth, PA, and Shelley Vilasi, of Binghamton.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by two sons, Joseph Paul Vilasi, Jr. and Dr. Peter John Vilasi; three sisters, Mary DelVilano, Agatha DeRitis and Lucy Vilasi; his in-laws, Jeddie and Myrtle MacMillan; two sisters-in-law, Joan MacMillan and Ruth Jurista; and a brother-in-law, John MacMillan.

The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the American Cancer Society, at

Calling hours will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday (03/03/2021) in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mass of Christian burial will be noon, Wednesday, in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, with Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor, as celebrant.

Interment: America's Cemetery, Hermitage.

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2021.
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March 5, 2021
Dear Mrs. Vilasi, Donna and Angela,
We are so sorry to hear about Mr. Vilasi. We have wonderful memories of the whole family growing up as neighbors. He was an especially kind and thoughtful man and when ever we would run in to each other , anywhere, he would always make the effort to say hello, ask how our parents or our kids were. May the wonderful memories of him you hold dear get you through this tough time and bring you peace. ❤
With Sincere Sympathy, The Warner Girls-Robin, Leslie and Marnie
robin kimmel
March 4, 2021
Such a kind and gentle man. We could not of asked for a better neighbor. We miss you very much. Thoughts and prayers to your family. May Joe Rest In Peace. James, Kelly, Anthony, Clare, Camille Mastronardi
Kelly Mastronardi
March 4, 2021
Nancy and Fam. Sorry of our lost. Joe, was a soft spoken man, very kind and caring. Rest in peace Joe!

Ann Tiesi
March 3, 2021
Was a great guy to work with. Rest In Peace
Tom Martinkovic
March 3, 2021
I grow up knowing Mr. Vilasi (as we were respectfully taught to call our seniors) What a wonderful man, and great family. My heart goes out to you all. Our love and prays are with you all. Specially Nancy (Mrs. V), Donna and Angela.
Patty and Nancy Reese
March 3, 2021
What a beautiful obituary recalling the life of a great man. Because of the closeness of our respective families, I had the honor of having Joe for my Godfather when I was confirmed at St. Mary’s Assumption church in 1966. Anyone reading his obituary could see that Joe was eminently qualified for that role and I can still recall him grilling me about my religious instructions studies. My late father, Peter Porcino, had the same role-serving as Joe’s Godfather. Unfortunately, I was never able to spend as much time with Joe and his family as I would have liked through the years but I always treasured my time in his presence. R.I.P. Padrino
Martin Porcino
March 2, 2021
One of the best guys I had the honor of knowing in my life. My condolences to his family.
Bill Waerhouse
March 2, 2021
My condolences to the Vilasi family, I worked with Joe at Link and he was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. God bless
Mike sansky
March 2, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Both Jim & I had the honor of working with both Joe Sr. and Joe Jr. at Link. God Bless you.
Jim and Nancy Riley
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