- July 5, 1922 - July 21, 2012
- Newton, New Jersey
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Dominic Vendola, 90, of Newton, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Barn Hill Care Center in Newton. Born in Gary, Indiana, Mr. Vendola grew up in Chicago, Illinois, moved to Sussex County in 1950, then resided in the Twin Lakes section of Shohola, Pennsylvania, from 1984 until 2003, when he moved back to Newton. He was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Vendola worked in the Communications Department at Picatinny Arsenal for 20 years, retiring in 1983. Mr. Vendola was a coach for the Andover/Lenape Arrows from 1967 to 1981. A member of the Wharton American Legion, Mr. Vendola was also a member of the Salaam Temple in Livingston, the High Point Shrine Club, where he was a Past President, and the Wayne and Pike County Shrine Club, where he was also a Past President. Other memberships included the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, where he served as Grand Chaplain in 2008; a Past Master of Kittatinny Lodge #164 in Branchville; a former warden of the 1st District Past Masters Association, and an active member of the North Jersey Past Masters Association. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Milford, Pennsylvania, where he was a Deacon, Elder and Reader. The son of the late Graziano and Antonette (Evangelist) Vendola, Mr. Vendola was also predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ila May (Riddle) Vendola; his daughter, Melissa Brucato of Newton; his son, Joseph Vendola of Sparta; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, followed by Masonic Services, Kittatinny Lodge #164, and military honors. Memorial donations may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 350 Sparta Avenue, Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871.