Vincent J BellancaNovember 30, 1923 ~ September 9, 2017 (age 93)
Vincent Bellanca, 93, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, went to his heavenly home early Saturday morning Sept. 9, 2017. Vincent Joseph Bellanca also known as Guy was born on Nov. 30, 1923 in Lowellville Ohio, the son of Louis and Anna Tomasino Bellanca. He graduated from Lowellville High School in 1940 and worked for Erskine Trucking and Sharon Steel. In 1943 he was drafted and served in Europe with the 44th Div. 157th F. A. Btln. He had over 240 days of combat and was in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Nordwind, earning 4 battle stars, the European-Mid Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, Victory Medal and the Knight of the French Legion of Honor Medal. He was honorably discharged as Sgt. T4. He was a member of the American Legion Post 247, the VFW post 3538, life member of the DAV chapter 2, AM Vets post 44 and chaplain of the United Veterans Council
He married Margaret Carducci Aug 10th1944, and they raised 5 children before her death on Feb, 26, 1965. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially summers at their cottage on Lake Erie. Through the GI Bill he received training as a radio/television serviceman. He was the owner of Vince’s TV sales and service until his retirement in Dec. 1982.
On Oct 3, 1976, at Pleasant Valley Church, he gave his heart and soul to His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This led him to minister in Christian praise and worship in many churches, bible studies, men’s fellowships and on TV. He was very active in the FGBMFI as an international director and was music director at the Newman Center at YSU.
He was president of the Poland AARP and the Latin Culture Foundation. He enjoyed golfing, skiing, bowling, playing his guitar and entertaining family and friends with his Italian recipes using food from his garden.
At Pleasant Valley Church, he met Cheryl Manley Powers and they were married on June 11, 1983. They ministered together at many Christian meetings, nursing homes and the JJC. They ran a Shaklee distributorship. They enjoyed hosting Christmas Eve for the family every year.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife Cheryl, his children Pastor Joanne Baltes, Margie Roberts, Louise (Dominic) Milanese and Pastor Vincent (Beverly) Bellanca Jr, grandchildren Lisa (John) Centofanti, Jerry (Lorrie) Rudiak , Jennifer (Travis) Perry, Eric (Lia) Rudiak, Jason (Sherri) Roberts, Mark (Joy) Rudiak, Julie (Tom) Sapp, Paul (Shannon) Bellanca, Jenna Bellanca and Danielle (Dustin) Knapp, Rick (Beth) Baltes, Denise (David) Jamieson, Dominic Milanese Jr., Autumn (Jon) Sunderlin and Ryan(Mindy) Pontius, 26 great-grandchildren, a brother Carmen (Aurora) Bellanca and a sister Angie Giancola
He was preceded in death by his first wife Margaret, brothers Vincenzo and Michael, a sister Lena Shepka, a daughter and son-in-law Jerry and Anna Rudiak and grandson David Rudiak,
The family wishes to thank Masternick Memorial Care Center and Home Instead for their loving care.
Calling hours on Friday from 4 to 8 PM and Saturday from 10 to 11 AM Saturday and the Service at 11 AM Saturday will all be held at Victory Christian Center 339 McCartney Rd., Coitsville OH 44436. If you would like to make a material tribute in Vince’s memory, please send it to Victory Christian Center 15 Bedford Rd. Lowellville, OH 44436 with a note saying it is for benevolence in memory of Vince.