Vito L. Raineri, Sr., 81, of NYS Rt. 180, died Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Carthage Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Carthage, NY.
Vito was born on June 19, 1936 in Wapwallopen, PA, he was the son of Charles and Leona Haskins Raineri. His family moved to Canastota, NY in 1938, where he grew up and worked the family muck farm, raising onions. He graduated from Canastota High School in 1955 and served in the US Army from 1955-1957 in guided missiles, where he received recognition for his superior job on duty. He later received an Associate Degree in Engineeering from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. After working at New Process Gear, Syracuse, NY, for 32 years, he retired in June of 2000 as a tool engineer.
Vito was a charter member of the Canastota Boxing Hall of Fame and member of the Swietoniowski-Kopeczek American Legion Post in Auburn, NY. He was also past president of the Bridgeport Lion's Club and from there he was an organizer for Jr. Achievement, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Orleans Outreach Program and many other charitable organizations throughout his community. His greatest passion was for his grandchildren and his garden, sharing vegtables with friends, neighbors and the outreach program.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Marguerite (Pickard); four children, daughter and son-in-law, Julie (Kenneth) Tuthill, Woodinville, WA, son and daughter-in-law, Vito L., Jr., (Christine) Raineri, Chittenango, NY, son, Albert A. Raineri, Willow Spring, NC, daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Colella, Auburn, NY; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Leonora Raineri, two brothers, Carlo J. Raineri and Joseph Raineri.
Calling hours will be at St. John's Catholic Church, Main Street, LaFargeville, NY on Friday April 27, 2018 from 11 am – 1 pm prior to the service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 pm with Rev. Arthur LaBaff, officiating.
Donations may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 5005 Campuswood Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057 or online at cny.wish.org.
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