AUSTINTOWN — Guy Joseph Vendemia, 95, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, Feb. 5, 2020, at The Inn at Christine Valley.
Guy was born Sept. 27, 1924, at home in Sharon, Pa., the son of Pasquale and Angeline DeMaio Vendemia.
He graduated from Brookfield High School in 1942. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and achieved the rank of Signalman 2nd Class. After the war, he attended and graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in education in 1949. In 1951, he earned a master of science degree in education from Westminster College.
He taught at Brookfield High School from 1949 to 1957 and was also athletic director for the last five years. He then taught at Liberty High School from 1957 until his retirement in 1983, serving as faculty manager of athletics from 1960 to 1970 and athletic director from 1970 to 1983. In 1997, Guy was inducted into the Liberty High School Sports Hall of Fame and received the Impact Award.
He married his loving wife, Ruth Elizabeth Rentsch, June 6, 1953, at St. Brendan Church.
He was a charter member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown. He had been a lector since the parish’s inception and was a past member of the men’s club.
For many years, he officiated track, umpired Austintown Little League and was a member of the Optimists. Guy also belonged to the Trumbull County Retired Teachers Association, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, Liberty Education Association, Ohio Education Association, National Education Association and The Ohio State University Alumni Association. He was a past member of the Churchill Golf League.
From 1989 until 2015, he spent winters with Ruth in Ruskin, Fla. He thoroughly enjoyed being able to golf year-round.
Most of all, he was a devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
He will be sadly missed and remembered by his wife, Ruth, and his children, Barbara (Michael) Pacak of Bellingham, Mass. and William (Maureen) Vendemia of Boardman; his grandchildren, Megan Vendemia of Anaheim, Calif., Eric Vendemia of Columbus and Alexander Pacak of Bellingham, Mass.; his sister-in-law, Patricia Vendemia of Brookfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Francis Vendemia, and his sisters and their husbands, Joan (Gene) Grayson and Teresa (Charles) Gelety.
The family especially wants to thank the staff at The Inn at Christine Valley and Crossroads for their compassionate care during Guy’s short illness. They would also like to thank family and friends for their love and support during this time.
Calling hours for family and friends will be 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at St. Joseph Church on New Road in Austintown. A 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian burial will follow at the church.
Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, material tributes be made in Guy’s memory to either the organ fund for St. Joseph Church, 4545 New Road, Youngstown, Ohio, 44515 or Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration, c/o The YSU Foundation, 655 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44502.
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