William “Bill” DeGaetano, Winona Lake, and longtime resident of Warsaw went home to be with the Lord at 7:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at Grace Village Health Care in Winona Lake, at the age of 84.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Purple Heart. Bill was a resident of Kosciusko County, Indiana since August 1972, having moved to the area from Griffith, Indiana. After his honorable discharge Bill worked as a barber and also attended college to earn his teaching degree. He was a teacher at Madison Elementary School and a coach for a number of years. Bill was a member of Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he was very involved as a Sunday School teacher. He will be missed dearly by family and friends.
He was born Jan. 7, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Penn. to Esther (Angelelli) and Roy DeGaetano. On March 10, 1956 he was married to Constance Jean (Vigna) DeGaetano, who passed away on Sept. 22, 2009.
He will be lovingly remembered by his two sons: William “Dig” (wife Nanette) DeGaetano, Warsaw; Stephen H. (wife Kimberly) DeGaetano, Warsaw; seven grandchildren: Angela (husband Samuel) Miller, Seattle, Wash.; Danielle DeGaetano, Anthony DeGaetano, Hannah DeGaetano, Lorenzo DeGaetano, Dominic DeGaetano, Dante DeGaetano, all of Warsaw; and two great-grandchildren: Tanner and Dexter Beck, Warsaw. Also surviving is his sister: Sandy Paino, St. Louis, Mo.; as well as a daughter-in-law: Sonia DeGaetano, Warsaw; three brothers-in-law: David (wife Janice) Vigna, Portage; Norman Vigna, Garden Grove, Calif.; David Williams, Summerfield, Fla.; sister-in-law: Mary Ann (husband Stanley) Olkoski, Hobart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a sister, Carmelle Williams and his son Phil DeGaetano.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 S. High Street, Warsaw, Indiana and officiated by Pastor Dr. Erik Ohman. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.
Memorial donations in Bill’s memory may be directed to Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, South 210 High Street, Warsaw, IN 46580 or to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196; would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s Web Site at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com