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Joseph "Banjo" Vitiello

May 6, 1939 - September 16, 2021

Joseph “Banjo” Vitiello 82, of Shadyside, Ohio passed away Thursday September 16, 2021 at W.V.U. Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV.

He was born May 6, 1939 in Benwood, WV. Son of the late Sylvester and Anna (Aprea) Vitiello.

Joe worked as a pipe fitter and millwright for Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel beginning at the Benwood Plant and retiring from Martins Ferry after 33 years.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Mary Ann Fonner; a brother Guilard “Guy” Vitiello ; as well as a step son, John P. Harvath Jr. Joe loved his family and was a loving husband to his beloved wife of 33 years Janet (Cochran) Vitiello.

Also survived by 1 daughter Carla (Franco) Tommasetti of Orlando, FL, 2 sons, Joseph Mercer and John Vitiello both of Moundsville, WV.

Joe was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Shadyside Ohio. He was a hard worker and could fix anything. He loved playing cards, going to flea markets and his garden. Survived by his dog Darcie.

Survivors include a stepdaughter Lisa (Glen) Knox, stepson, Jeff (Joan) Harvath of Wheeling, WV, sisters Rosetta (Joe) Tweedlie and Sarah Appenzeller both of Benwood, WV; as well as 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Due to Covid face masks and social distancing will be required.

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht- Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441, 37th street Bellaire, Ohio 43906 on Monday September 20, 2021 from 10 am until time of Mass at 12 pm. Mass will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bellaire, Ohio with Fr. Daniel Heusel officiating.

Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling, WV. Memorial contributions benefit Catholic Charities 18th Street, Wheeling WV. 26003 at

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bellaire Chapel

441 37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906

Service Information

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm


St. John Catholic Church

Bellaire, OH 43906

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021


Mt. Calvary Cemetery - Wheeling

1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003

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