Mrs. Vetica was born on December 18, 1928 to the late Nicholas and Amelia “Emma” Beatrice Rocco. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1946, and had attended Mercy Hurst College and Duquesne University. Mrs. Vetica had worked at the Jackson Shoe Store, Calve’s Shoe Store, and Edelman’s Shoe Store all in Ellwood City. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and a past member of the Holy Redeemer Christian Mothers. Barbara was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheel’s program, and enjoyed playing the piano. Most of all, she loved cooking for and being with her children and her grandchildren.
Mrs. Vetica is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Michele “Shelly” (Steve) Vetica of Ellwood City, Stacey (Don) Brown of Center Twp., five sons, John (Melody) Vetica, Jr. of Beaver, Michael (Robarta) Vetica of Connecticut, Robert Vetica & Giorgio Bosso of California, Chris (Deedy) Vetica of Ellwood City, Rich (Debbie) Vetica of Hermitage, and her daughter-in-law, Alise Vetica of Nevada. She is also survived by twenty three grandchildren, Anne, Elizabeth, Mike, Maria, Nicole, CJ, Marissa, Taylor, Dominick, Richie, Dante, & Lauren Vetica, Eric, Matt, & Lisa Meyer, Josh, Belen, & Maggie Brown, Zack, & Allison Kessler, Brittany Jacobs, Alishia McDonald, & Alona Woodward, and seventeen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John P. Vetica whom she married on February 2, 1948 and passed away on November 23, 2007, her son Thomas Vetica in 2009, two sisters, Beatrice Hand, & Marie P. Rocco, and her brother, Nick Rocco.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 am in the Holy Redeemer Church. Interment will follow at the Locust Grove Cemetery. Those attending the funeral mass are asked to meet at the funeral home on Friday by 9:20 am.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Hospice House, 146 Neely School Rd., Wexford, Pa 15090.
The family requests you view the obituary and sign the guestbook at www.teolisfuneralhome.com.