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Vito “Vic” A. Indoccio, 96, of Derry, N.H., died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, Derry.
Mr. Indoccio was born in Lawrence, on October 20, 1920 son of the late Gaetano and Grace (Penissi) Indoccio. Vito was raised in Lawrence and attended Lawrence schools. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII on the USS LST 790 in Okinawa and Hiroshima. He took great pride in his involvement and commitment to serve and protect our country. He was a member of the American Legion Lester Chase Post 9 in Derry.
He met the love of his life Rose Catherine Meo and together they shared 62 years of marriage filled with love, laughter and devotion.
Vito and his brothers opened the Home Food Kitchen Bakery in Derry in 1946. As a teenager, he was hired and trained by Salvo Tile from Methuen. Several years later, he was founder and co-owner of Merrimac Tile Co. in Derry. Vito loved it so much that he taught his three brothers the trade and took them out of the bakery business to start Merrimac Tile Co. This family owned business is still a vital part of Derry and surrounding towns today.
Vito, will be remembered for his inviting smile, captivating charm, contagious energy, infectious laughter and his deep love for his family. He made friends with everyone wherever he went and once you became his friend, his generosity was overflowing. He shared his warmth with his jokes, vegetables from his garden, his incredible pizza, pancakes, muffins, and Rhubarb pies.
He is survived by his two adoring daughters, Joann Grace Russo and Carol Rose McNair; their husbands, Richard J. Russo, Sr. and Joel R. McNair of Derry; four grandchildren, Theresa Small, Lisa Noonan, Richard Russo, Jr., and Amber Rose Indoccio; eight great-grandchildren, Anthony Small, Leanna Small, Samantha Noonan, Stephanie Raymond, Timothy Noonan, Courtni Russo, Alyssa Russo, and Emma Russo; four great great-grandchildren, Hailey Rose, Tyler, Kenzie and Logan Small; one brother, Frank Indoccio of Londonderry and brothers-in-law, Guy Tomaselli and Thomas Byrne, plus several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Rose (Meo) Indoccio in 2008, and siblings, Vincent Indoccio, Benjamin Indoccio, Frances Tomaselli, and Dolly (Vita) Ladato.
Calling hours were held on Tuesday May 30, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery, E. Derry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 1, 2017
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