Obituary

Maria 'Josie' (Zito) Bellini, world traveler, card player, lover of people

Montpelier, VT

 

Maria “Josie” (Zito) Bellini died peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Woodridge Rehab and Nursing Center in Berlin with her family by her side.

 

She was born in Providence, RI on August 23, 1926 to her parents, Ralph and Elvira (Farina) Zito.  Josie attended St. Mary’s School in Providence, graduating in 1944.  She then enrolled in cosmetology school for one year and worked as a hairdresser until her marriage to Vasili Bellini in June 1955.

 

Their honeymoon was a three-month trip by automobile, visiting major national parks, the Rocky Mountains in Canada, the northern parts of Mexico, and visiting relatives and friends on the West Coast.  She loved to travel anywhere on a moment’s notice and extended vacations led to travels all over the Northeast and Canada.  After her husband’s retirement, Josie toured Italy as well as several other countries in Europe.

 

When her husband changed jobs, they moved to Vermont in 1966.  They maintained a small summer home in Narragansett, RI, which they later replaced with a year-round residence when Vasili retired.

 

Josie introduced Rhode Islanders to the beauty of Vermont and the sport of skiing, and introduced Vermonters to the beautiful seashores and campsites of Rhode Island.  She was a lover of opera and a card player- especially Bridge.  Josie played cards in almost any city, state, or country when she traveled.  Josie was an avid reader who frequented all nearby Libraries which she saw as a great resource for learning and pleasure.

 

As a homemaker, she was always available and happy to care for her nieces and nephews.  An excellent cook and baker, one of her greatest joys was to cook for family, friends, and new neighbors, as her mother did before her.  Josie was a lover of people.

 

She is survived by her husband, Vasili Bellini; her son, David Bellini and his partner Kathy Callaghan of Montpelier, VT; her son in law, Brian Fitzgerald of Wells, ME; her sister-in-law, Eva Zito of North Providence, RI; and many wonderful nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, her daughter, Victoria Bellini Fitzgerald, and her brothers, Alphonso Zito and Matthew Zito.

 

We are thankful for the wonderful care provided to her by the nurses, doctors, and aides throughout her last days of care.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.  The family will plan a celebration of Josie’s life in late spring.

 

Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.


Family Information

She is survived by her husband, Vasili Bellini; her son, David Bellini and his partner Kathy Callaghan of Montpelier, VT; her son in law, Brian Fitzgerald of Wells, ME; her sister-in-law, Eva Zito of North Providence, RI; and many wonderful nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, her daughter, Victoria Bellini Fitzgerald, and her brothers, Alphonso Zito and Matthew Zito.

Submitted by:

Jonathan Boucher
[email protected]
802-223-2751

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