Our beloved Salvatore's passing at the age of 93, marks the end of an era for our family. The loss of both Angelina and Salvatore within the course of one year, speaks to the depth and endurance of their relationship of almost 68 years of marriage. Having known each other since childhood, their lives became lovingly entwined. The Del Monaco's and the Di Vitto's, were inseparable.
Salvatore was best known as a generous soul, always ready to help anyone in need, at a moment's notice. Born in 1929, to Clotilde and Aldo Di Vitto. Salvatore was one of six boys, including Pasquale, Claudio, Mario, Dino, Severino and one sister Diometra, growing up in the ski village of Roccaraso, Italy, during WWII. Later, he served his country as a member of "The Alpini," the Italian Army's specialist mountain infantry.
He married Angelina, the love of his life, in Sulmona, in 1954. Salvatore then spent the next five years, working in Venezuela with his brother-in-laws, managing a ceramics factory. Upon returning, Salvatore had a masonry company and a marble and terrazzo refinishing company.
The couple immigrated to the United States, with their two sons, in 1966. They moved to Yonkers, NY, where Salvatore worked in construction for many years. He spoke four languages, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and English. Salvatore loved to garden with Angelina, to work with his hands and make Italian delicacies, such as sausage, wine and tomato sauce.
Salvatore's Catholic faith was strong and greatly influenced his life. He was a devoted and loving family man. He had a healthy sense of humor! He would gleefully ask his grandchildren, which was their favorite, bread or cake? He always delighted in their response of, "cake, Grandpa!" It's no surprise that his favorite moments in life were enjoying a delicious homemade meal, or celebration with his family.
Salvatore leaves behind his two loving sons, Aldo and Luca and their wives, France and Julie respectively. His four grandchildren Dana, Luca Jr., his wife Simone; Sophia, her husband Dr. Anthony Mell, and Matthew, will hold his memory forever in their hearts. He is also survived by his great-grandchild Autumn, and his brother Severino and wife Clara, of Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, the family offers the suggestion to provide donations in tribute to Salvatore, to the following:
The Parkinson's Foundation: www.parkinson.org
The Alzheimer's Association of America: www.act.alz.org/donate
A wake will be held at the Sinatra Memorial Home, Monday, February 27, 2023 from 4:00-8:00 pm, 499 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704.
A Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at 10:30am, at St. Ann's Catholic Parish, 854 Midland Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704.