Vito Joseph Sarli

August 18, 1929December 22, 2018

Vito Joseph Sarli, 89, of Manchester, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2018. He was born in Worcester, MA on August 18, 1929, a son of the late Bartista Sarli and Maria (Manzi) Sarli. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 45 years, Josephine B. Sarli. Vito is survived by his three children and their spouses; Christopher James and Jennifer Sarli of Glastonbury, Nancy and Robert Coffey of South Windsor, JoAnn and Michael Chernushek of Mansfield; and his three adored grandchildren; Kelly Anne Coffey, Christopher James Sarli Jr, and Landon Hanson Sarli. He also leaves behind his siblings; Bart Sarli of Worcester, MA, Joseph and Marilyn Sarli of Worcester, MA, Angela and John Lovell of NH; and many dear nieces and nephews. Vito graduated from North High School, Worcester, MA. He received a one year scholarship to Holy Cross College from the Italian American Businessmen’s Association. From Holy Cross, he then attended Worcester Polytech Institute, graduating in 1952. He obtained his Master of Science Degree from Worcester Polytech Institute in June of 1954. He moved to Michigan and was a student instructor at Michigan State University, while pursuing his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 1960. He moved back to Connecticut to begin his career at United Aircraft Technologies in the Aerospace Industry, where he met and married the love of his life, Josephine. He mentored many of the young engineers due to his extensive knowledge and experience. He was well respected by his colleagues and held in high regard within the Aerospace Industry. He and his team had been written up in Aerospace periodicals for patents in jet engine technology. He retired in 1991 at 62 years old. Vito was an avid investor in the financial markets, actively followed politics, loved classical music, Italian opera, sailing, woodworking, landscaping, and in later years, he perfected his culinary skills; especially his corned beef and cabbage, and even managed to outdo Josephine’s homemade apple pie. Funeral service will be Saturday (December 29th) at 10:15 am from the D’ESOPO-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 am in St. James Church, 896 Main Street, Manchester. Interment will follow in Mount Saint Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home chapel on Saturday morning (December 29th) from 9 to 10:15 am. Memorial contributions in Vito’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


  • Public Visitation Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, December 29, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, December 29, 2018

Vito Joseph Sarli

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Richard Hines

December 27, 2018

I send my deepest sympathy to the Sarli family. I lived in Hartford with VJ and several other engineers in the early 1960's. I got to know both VJ and Josephine. They were both great people.

Richard W. Hines

Ed & Phyllis Striebel

December 26, 2018

We were very saddened to learn of VJ's passing. We had the pleasure of knowing both Jo and VJ; and spent some pleasurable times together. Ed and VJ were privileged to work together in the Burner group at Pratt for many years, sharing both their expertise and friendship.

We know that VJ's interest and passion was keeping involved in the stock market and investing. Our son, Paul, remembers how
he advised him early on about investing and the ups and downs that go with that endeavor.

VJ will be remembered as a kind, gentle man. We know he is at peace as he and Jo are together once again.

Ed & Phyllis Striebel

Erich Rehmer

December 26, 2018

Dear Nancy, JoAnn and Chris, please accept my condolences and my apology as I cannot attend services. My heart goes out to you all. I will always remember how smart and kind my Uncle VJ was, always willing to listen to me and sincerely interested in what I had to say. My parents thought the world of him as well. The world is diminished by his loss, and I will have fond memories of him always. God bless you all. With much love, your cousin, Erich.