Joseph “Banjo” Vitiello

May 6, 1939 - September 16, 2021

05/06/1939 - 09/16/2021

Past Services

Monday September 20, 2021
Mt. Calvary Cemetery - Wheeling
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
3042320330 | Directions
Monday September 20, 2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes - Bellaire Chapel
441 37th Street
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-1611 | Directions
Monday September 20, 2021
12:00 pm
St. John Catholic Church
Bellaire, OH 43906
740-676-0051 | Directions

Joseph “Banjo” Vitiello 82, of Shadyside, Ohio passed away Thursday September 16, 2021 at W.V.U. Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV.

He was born May 6, 1939 in Benwood, WV. Son of the late Sylvester and Anna (Aprea) Vitiello.

Joe worked as a pipe fitter and millwright for Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel beginning at the Benwood Plant and retiring from Martins Ferry after 33 years.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Mary Ann Fonner; a brother Guilard “Guy” Vitiello ; as well as a step son, John P. Harvath Jr. Joe loved his family and was a loving husband to his beloved wife of 33 years Janet (Cochran) Vitiello.

Also survived by 1 daughter Carla (Franco) Tommasetti of Orlando, FL, 2 sons, Joseph Mercer and John Vitiello both of Moundsville, WV.

Joe was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Shadyside Ohio. He was a hard worker and could fix anything. He loved playing cards, going to flea markets and his garden. Survived by his dog Darcie.

Survivors include a stepdaughter Lisa (Glen) Knox, stepson, Jeff (Joan) Harvath of Wheeling, WV, sisters Rosetta (Joe) Tweedlie and Sarah Appenzeller both of Benwood, WV; as well as 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Due to Covid face masks and social distancing will be required.

Family and friends will be received at the Bauknecht- Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441, 37th street Bellaire, Ohio 43906 on Monday September 20, 2021 from 10 am until time of Mass at 12 pm. Mass will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bellaire, Ohio with Fr. Daniel Heusel officiating.

Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling, WV. Memorial contributions benefit Catholic Charities 18th Street, Wheeling WV. 26003 at

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Henry Skvarka
1 year ago

Sorry for your loss it was always a pleasure seeing and visiting with Joe whenever I had the opportunity on my visits from out of state. Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to your family. Henry Skvarka,,Bob and Martha

Ted Beecher
1 year ago

My heartfelt condolences to your family. Your father was a good friend of my father, Al Beecher. My father always spoke highly of Joe. Before my dad passed, he asked your father to check on me when he was gone. And Joe did. That’s the kind of person he was. God Bless your family.

Tom Ferrera
1 year ago

Deepest Sympathy o Joes family. Joe was my true friend, he could do anything
and he helped so any people, Joe i ill miss your telephone calls every month.
till we meet again my friend, Rest in peace

Tom Ferrera
1 year ago

Deepest Sympathy to Joes familt

Alan jafrate
1 year ago

Joe you were a loyal and true friend of all bentwood residents. I will personally miss your humor Yurok unselfishness your strength and your Tuesday and Thursday sard sessions. Sleep well my friend

Daniel N Meyers
1 year ago

A better friend could not be found. Joe was always there to help out when needed. He will be missed by so many. Prayers for Joe & his family

Larry Ferrera
1 year ago

So sad to hear of Joe’s passing. We we’re lifelong Benwood friends. Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND..

Ed Brown
1 year ago

Sorry for your loss. I worked with Joe at Martins Ferry in the early 90’s. I still have very fond memories of him and the gang there! Prayers!!

Mr & Mrs Burke Dale Sullivan,Jr
1 year ago

Sorry for your loss may the Lord bless you all at this time. Our Love Polly & Burke Sullivan

Buck Armstrong
1 year ago

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him may he rest in peace.