OBITUARY

Francesco "Frank" and Rosa Vitiello

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Francesco “Frank”, 83, and Rosa Vitiello, 82, of Naples, FL, passed away on August 30 and 28, 2020, respectively, in Naples, FL.

Frank was born in Naples, Italy to Francesco Vitiello and Maria Caputo on April 4, 1937. Rosa was born in Torre del Greco, Italy to Giovanni Samasco and Angela Sorrentino on October 18, 1937.

They immigrated to this country from Italy in 1962, unbeknownst to each other, on the same ship, the Saturnia. They met at a night school to learn English and married six weeks later on October 20, 1963—recording their wedding vows on a vinyl record in the Empire State Building.

Together, they raised and are survived by two sons: Francesco “Franco” Jr. (Lynn, wife) and Gianni. They moved to Naples, FL in 1972, where Frank opened a barber shop in downtown Naples: Frank’s Naples Barber Shop. He quickly became known in the community for his jovial nature and operatic talent until retiring in 2009.

Rosa, ever dedicated to her children, began working in 1973 in food service at Naples Park Elementary School, where they attended. She happily cooked for the students and faculty every day until retiring in 1999.

Frank and Rosa were absolutely devoted to their family, whom they put through college, helped begin careers, taught how to play and sing music, and served the greatest Italian food. Their legacy is carried on by their four grandchildren: Erica Vitiello-Swift (Charles Swift, husband), Frankie, Anthony, Gianni II; and one great-grandchild, Maximus.

Through a lifetime of hardwork, thrift, and love, they built a better life for themselves and their family. They are the epitome of the American Dream. And their lives were cut short by COVID-19.

The family will receive friends on September 10 from 3PM – 7PM at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at St. William Catholic Church on September 11 at 10AM with entombment to follow at Naples Memorial Gardens. Social distancing and precautions will be observed.

Flowers are appreciated. For those desiring, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Frank and Rosa’s memory.

Live streaming on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. please visit https://www.facebook.com/HodgesFuneralHomeNaples/

Live Streaming on Friday's mass, please visit, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xf1y4d4jcA&feature=youtu.be

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, September 11, 2020

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Memories

Francesco "Frank" and Rosa Vitiello

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Juanita Hartwig

September 19, 2020

Dear Gianni,
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of sorrow.

Sincerely,
Juanita Hartwig - President
Crestview Condo Association

Gary Kline

September 16, 2020

Dear Gianni & family,
I only know you and your family & through our business relationship. We are very sorry to learn of your family’s tragedy and offer our prayers to all. Your parents’ story of love, hard work, and success is truly what has made America the greatest country. You & your extended family will carry on their legacy with pride.
Regards,
Gary Kline
Fountains II. Association

Nicole Buonocore

September 14, 2020

Mr. & Mrs. Vitiello were our kind neighbors in Pine Ridge. I have a sweet photo of Mr. Vitiello giving my son his very first haircut. He tried to soothe Earle’s tears with a lollipop and never stopped smiling or cutting - he was a pro! My heart goes out to family, friends, and a community that is a better place because of this warm & loving family.

Liliana Cropano

September 10, 2020

My Zietta and Uncle Frank, I have so many memories back to when I was a little girl. You were like a mother to me. There is not enough space for me to write it all. I remember all the love you gave me, Zietta , right till the end. You were there for each and every special moments in my life. I will love you both forever in my heart.

Pamela Reyes

September 10, 2020

There are no appropriate words to describe Frank and Rosa. They reminded me of "Charms" from a beloved bracelet. I was lucky enough to be Rosa's Home Care Medication Nurse for the last year or more. Upon arrival I was always greeted with hugs and kisses from both. Anyone who stepped into the home was treated like family. On any given visit, Rosa would make me expresso and serve it in her treasured Italian china, with tiny gold spoons. And the conversations were priceless.
You will be missed! Rest in Peace and Arrivederci my friends.
Love, Pamela

Charles Dorta

September 10, 2020

So, we have been blessed to have known this beautiful family my whole life. Mrs Vitiello was my lunch lady at Naples Park and Mr Vitiello was of course my barber. They were also friends of the family but Mr and Mrs Vitiello were always my greatest defenders to my parents. You see, I was a dumb kid....real dumb (still not very swift) anyway I made terrible marks in school, but my older brother and sister were angelic and the perfect children making As and Bs everytime... Not me.... I was what they called in those days hyperactive....hahaha anyway they would tell my folks "Charlie....he's a good boy...." I am so grateful to have someone call me good at that time in my life. May God Bless you and Keep you. May He hold you in the palm of His hand. Please tell my Dad I love him and miss him.

Diane Fontdevila

September 9, 2020

I have such fond memories of Rosa. I remember her from Naples Park Elementary as the lunch lady that made our school food taste better. Later, as an adult, I used to run into her at the Riverchase Publix. We would stop shopping and spend time visiting and catching up. Rosa always had a kind word and kiss for everyone. She loved to tell me about her grandchildren. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your wonderful and loving parents.

Eileen Hughes

September 9, 2020

Rosa was so sweet and generous with students and teachers at Naples Park Elementary. My children and I all have fond memories of her.

Teri and Connie Licastro

September 6, 2020

We are truly grateful and blessed to have known your parents, they will forever be missed and never be forgotten.

Maria LaGrasta

September 6, 2020

Our deepest condolences to Gianni & Franco and their dear family.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Sincere Sympathy,
Domenico & Maria LaGrasta

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