The Times West Virginian


January 15, 2013

Frank Vandetta

Frank Vandetta, 84, of Monongah, died Sunday night (Jan. 13, 2013) at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born in Monongah on May 8, 1928, son of the late Frank and Olga Grandoni Vandetta.

Frank retired from North American Phillips with 35 years of service. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah. He graduated from the West Virginia School of the Deaf, and in 1997 he was inducted in the school’s Hall of Fame for football and baseball. He enjoyed farming, remodeling his homes, and was very mechanically inclined.

Frank enjoyed sporting events, the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, West Virginia University football and basketball teams, and especially loved the North Marion Huskies. He was a former member of the bowling leagues in Marion County for more than 30 years.

Frank is survived by his wife, Fannie Caputo Vandetta; two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Brenda Vandetta Jr. of Monongah, and Carlo Anthony and Kimberly Vandetta of Fairmont; and one daughter, Tina Riggs and significant other William Carpenter of White Hall. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Frankie (Stephanie) Vandetta, John Jenkins, Gina Jenkins, Christopher Vandetta, Logan Jenkins, JoMarie Bogard, Gianni Vandetta and Joey Riggs; and great-grandchildren, Nathan Kotsko and Meya Kotsko. Frank is also survived by one brother-in-law, Sam Lopez of Monongah; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by one son, John Vandetta, and sisters, Joanne Lopez, Mary Jean (Alfred) Bonfantino and Margaret (Bill) Shaffer.

Friends may call at Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, from 1-9 p.m. Wednesday. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah with Father Steve Joseph as celebrant. Entombment will follow at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery in Shinnston. A vigil will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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