Victor C. "Wedow" Aiello, 90, of 301 Fairview Ave., Johnsonburg, died Thursday evening, Jan. 12, 2012, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 6, 1921 to Italian immigrants, the late Gennaro and Frances Chirillo Aiello.
He married Vittoria I. Bevacqua on Oct. 18, 1951 in Welland, Ontario, Canada, and she survives
Victor lived in Johnsonburg all his life and resided in â€śthe flatsâ€ť until the flood of 1942. He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1940 and attended Penn State Business College. He worked at the New York & Pennsylvania Co. paper mill for one year. He went on to be a successful businessman, operating a bowling alley, restaurant, amusement company, cable TV company and real estate company. His strong faith and love of family were his priorities, as he served as a role model and teacher. His philosophy was: "Family, faith and working together are the keys to success."
Victor was also active in community and civic affairs. He was a former member of the Johnsonburg Borough Council and had served as mayor of Johnsonburg. He was instrumental in the construction of the Johnsonburg Health Center and the Elk County Housing Authority building in Johnsonburg. He also served on the ELCAM board.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Church, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society, Johnsonburg Chamber of Commerce, Johnsonburg Elks and the Prince of Piedmont Club. He was also one of the first men to make a Cursillo.
He was a WWII Army veteran, serving overseas as a Medical Technician with the Medical Detachment, 51st Signal Operation Battalion, where he served in northern France, the Rhineland and central Europe.
He is survived by his wife at home; three sons, Gennaro Aiello and his wife Cyndi, Victor Aiello and his wife Barbara, and Edward Aiello and his wife Tina, all of Ridgway; four daughters, Frances, Mrs. Daniel DiIulio of Ridgway, Lucy, Mrs. Michael Gelsick of Johnsonburg, Maria, Mrs. Peter Savino of Ridge, N.Y. and Judy, Mrs. Joseph DePrator of St. Marys; 16 grandchildren, Erin (David) Cicione, Kathryn (Kevin) Hershock, Adam (Cathy) DiIulio, Matthew (Laura) DiIulio, Michael (Jennifer) Gelsick, Alex Gelsick, Victor and Emily Aiello, Jennifer, Andrea and Krista Savino, Anthony, Felicia and Benjamin DePrator, and Francesca and Giovanni Aiello; two great-granddaughters, Italia and Isabel Cicione; five brothers, Arthur Aiello and his wife Betty, John Aiello, Robert Aiello and his wife Rosa, and Ernest Aiello, all of Ridgway; two sisters, Eva, Mrs. James Caribardi of Johnsonburg, and Sr. John Francis, SSJ of Erie; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Joseph Aiello, one sister, Mary Caribardi; and Geraldine, Carmen and Edith Aiello in infancy.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial for Victor C. Aiello to be conducted at Holy Rosary Church, Johnsonburg, on Monday Jan. 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Brian Vossler, pastor of St. Leo Magnus Church, Ridgway. Interment will be private and there will be no visitation.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg.
If desired, memorial contributions should be made to the Johnsonburg Ambulance Co., Community Nurses, Inc. or to Holy Rosary Church.