Victor Nicholas Abatino
June 20, 1927 - March 26, 2018
Victor Nicholas Abatino, (Vito) passed away peacefully March 26, 2018 in home hospice care.
Vito was born June 20, 1927 in Modugno, Italy, the son of Francesco Abbatantuono and Maria Martino. He had three siblings, Alfonso, Maria, and James. Vito and Alfonso moved to America in 1950, in search of the American dream. After arriving in America, he shortened his surname to Abatino, to better assimilate in his new home. Landing in New York, he took whatever job he could find and went to night school to learn the English language. From New York, he and Alfonso moved to Chicago, and opened their first restaurant together. Vito moved to California in 1961 and opened Vito’s Pizza King in Burbank. It was there he met Mary, his first wife and mother of his children, Victoria and Nicholas. In 1970, they moved to Ashland, Oregon and opened Vito's Pizza. In 1972, he built his final restaurant on the corner of North Main and Granite. He proudly served the valley's best Italian food, until his retirement in 1980. Who could forget Vito spontaneously breaking into song toward the end of the evening at his restaurant?
Vito loved gardening, golfing, caring for his fruit trees, and fishing. He was a wonderful storyteller and enjoyed reliving his childhood in Italy. In 2007, he married his wife, Joann, three days after his 80th birthday. He was thankful for her company and loving care during his last years.
Vito was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary; his parents, Francesco and Maria; his brother, Alfonso; and his sister, Maria. He leaves behind his wife, Joann; his son, Nicholas Abatino; daughter, Victoria Nuss (Ken); grandchildren, Jameson Nuss (Brittney) and Angela Webb (Jeff); and great-grandchildren, Elianna and Ayden Webb. He also leaves behind his stepchildren, Andrea, Joni, Shannon, and Dan, along with 12 grandchildren, 10 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Vito will be remembered as a devoted Catholic, a loving family man, and a friend to all he met. His laughter and contagious smile will be greatly missed.
Viewing will be 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2018, at Memory Gardens in Medford, Ore.
Vito's celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Memory Gardens, 1395 Arnold Ln., Medford.