Vito Michael Ciraco, 91, passed away on Jan. 1, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Vito was born in San Vito Sullo Ionio, Italy, to the late Giuseppe and Felicia (Polera) Ciraco. He lived in the Akron area most of his life and was a faithful member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Vito left Italy on his own and came to America when he was 19 years old. He learned to speak English and held various jobs before eventually working for the City of Akron, where he retired in 1994.
Vito’s greatest love was his family. He was a wonderful husband and father and the best Papa to all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vito also had a great love for music; he loved to sing and play the mandolin. He started The Combinations Band and The Italian String Quartet. He enjoyed playing for family, weddings and other social gatherings. Vito loved to dance, whether it was with his wife, Isabella, other family members, or anyone else he could convince to join him. He was often the last one to leave the dance floor and he loved being the life of the party!
Vito was also an avid gardener. He loved being outdoors. It brought him so much joy to work in his huge vegetable garden and tend to his yard and grape vines. It was definitely a sense of pride for him. Vito also took great pride in his Italian Heritage. He enjoyed telling stories, going to festivals and dances, traveling with his wife, and gathering together for Sunday dinners with his family. He will be deeply missed by all!
In addition to his parents, Vito is preceded in death by his wife, Isabella; granddaughter, Cassandra Ciraco; sister, Rosarina (Vito) Papasodaro; Zio Vincenzo and Zia Teresa Sinopoli; and cousin, Frank Sinopoli. He is survived by children, Joseph (Suzanne) Ciraco, Frank (Christine) Ciraco, Lisa (Michael) Colant, and Sandy (Joe) Lewis; grandchildren, Michael, Alicia (Donnie), Kayla (Max), Amanda, Kristina (Brian), Anthony (Chelsea), Alexa, Elena, and Joseph; great-grandchildren, Kai, Bella, and Gabby; cousins, Vito (Sharon) Sinopoli and Genoveffa Sinopoli; and many more loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends both here and in Italy.
The family would like to thank Grace Hospice and their staff for their compassionate and loving care.
Due to Covid-19, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in the name of Vito M. Ciraco, to Grace Hospice, 3515 Massillon Road, Suite 270, Uniontown, Ohio 44685.
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