Vincent John “Vince” Iturbe

Vincent John “Vince” Iturbe

Birth
Union City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
Death 23 Jan 2017 (aged 70)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Fort Lee, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 176270465 · View Source
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God reached down and gently took Vince Iturbe home on January 23, 2017. He was seventy years old.

Born in Union City, New Jersey on May 14, 1946, Vince was the son of Robert and Agnes (Ruggieri) Iturbe. He received a BA in Social Studies and Education from the College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 1968 and taught briefly before being called to serve in the army in the jungles of Vietnam.

He moved to Utah in 1976 and began his more than thirty-year career with the Utah Department of Workforce Services as an unemployment insurance adjudicator. He worked as a hearings officer, audit monitor, and fraud investigator on his way to becoming claims supervisor and unemployment insurance manager, often aiding the courts in prosecution cases and providing training in fraud investigation to local offices. From 1982 to 1984, he was assigned to the national office in Washington, D.C. and received a letter of commendation from the U.S. Department of Justice/FBI in 2003. He retired in 2009.

Vince was proudest of his volunteer work with Community Nursing Services' (CNS) Journey Home hospice program, and was a compassionate caregiver and companion to patients with HIV/AIDS and cancer for more than thirty years. In 2012, he received the VNAA Individual Care Provider Volunteer of the Year Award. He became known as "Mr. Art & Soup" through his efforts coordinating CNS's annual fundraiser.

Vince was a longtime, very active member of St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center parish. As the center's unofficial historian, he loved to entertain gatherings with anecdotes about Newman's eclectic history. He was a great storyteller and had a wonderful sense of humor. His other favorite subject was the Titanic; he was an authority about everything related to that iconic ship.

Vince loved to travel and made friends all around the world. He was also a devoted Godfather to a legion of Godchildren and caring guardian to a succession of spirited cats. He is survived by his sister, Emily Vessillo; brother, Anthony Ruggieri, and his wife, Roberta; nephews, Todd Ruggieri and his wife, Michele, Rosario Vessillo, Jr., and his wife, Donna, and Michael Ruggieri and Stefanie Simeone; great-nephews, Brian Hillard, Devin Ruggieri, Joe Simeone, and Russell Vessillo; and cousin, Irene, and husband, John Wyss. He was predeceased by his great-niece, Alyssa Ruggieri. A loving son, brother, uncle, Godfather, and friend, he will be greatly missed.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena, 170 South University Street, Salt Lake City, on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a reception. A rosary precedes the Mass at 10:00 a.m.
Interment will follow at the Madonna Cemetery & Mausoleum in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News from February 11 to February 12, 2017.


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