FRANKLIN, Ind. - Patrick Herman Vennetti, 69, passed from this world peacefully on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, in Franklin after a four-year struggle with illness and surrounded by those that knew and loved him.
Patrick was born July 28, 1942, in Warren, the only child of Herman and Mary Yannucci Vennetti.
He graduated from Warren G. Harding High School and went on to graduate from Youngstown State University in 1965 with a B.S. in business management. His fraternity was SAE. Patrick then joined the U.S. Army and honorably served his country in the Vietnam conflict. He then went on to marry his first wife and college sweetheart, Joanne Raggazine Vennetti. In 1968, Patrick and Joanne purchased the family business, CY's Airport Inn in Vienna, which Patrick operated for more than 20 years. Shortly after selling the restaurant, Patrick accepted a position as a general manager for Cracker Barrel in Anderson, Ind.
While in Indiana, Patrick would meet his second wife, Victoria Carver Vennetti. They were married Dec. 22, 1993, and settled in Franklin, Ind. Patrick and Victoria owned and operated a successful insurance agency in Franklin.
Patrick was involved in many civic organizations in his life, most recently the Franklin Lions Club, of which he was past president and from which he received their highest honors of Melvin Jones Fellow as well as the W.P. Wood Fellow awards for his dedicated service.
Patrick was quite a character and will be lovingly remembered for his unique sense of humor, his intelligent, inquisitive mind, his generous and compassionate nature, and his deep sense of loyalty to family.
Patrick is survived by his mother, Mary Yannucci Felice, formerly of Vienna and now of Sarver, Pa.; his former wife, Joanne Vennetti of Pittsburgh; his wife, Victoria Carver-Vennetti of Franklin, Ind.; a stepson, Shawn (Kimberly) Carver of Indianapolis; stepdaughters Diana (Randy) Vculek Carver, of Neenah, Wis., and Billi Jo Carver of Franklin; stepgranddaughters Ainsley and Rowan Carver of Indianapolis, and numerous cousins in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road N.E., Warren, OH 44483.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bernard Schmalzried officiating.
Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.
The family graciously requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Franklin, Ind., Lions Club; PO Box 7, Franklin, IN 46131, which will be used for a memorial scholarship fund that is being established in Patrick's name.