Edward Vespa


Edward A. Vespa died Friday, November 30 at 8:13 a.m., leaving behind his wife of 64 years, Catherine N. Vespa of Springfield. He was born February 16, 1924 in Springfield, Illinois.
He served as President of the Fairview Improvement Association several years and was instrumental in building Fairview Park. He was a member and served as President of the East Rockford Optimists Club. He also was a member of the Convention Committee of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce and also served as President of the Hotel and Motel Association of Rockford for two years. He was past member of the Board of Directors of Illinois Innkeepers. He was an active member of the Springfield Newcomers Club and KISS Camping Club. St Cabrini Church and Knights of Columbus #4175.
He worked for Capital Woodworks form 1946 – 1959. He then worked for Raynor Motel Corp where he opened the Holiday Inn of Rockford and served as Inn Keeper for nine years, having been named Innkeeper of the Year in 1962. He returned to Springfield in 1968 where he became supervisor and purchasing agent for seven hotels. He was the Executive Vice President of the Raynor Motel Co. until he retired in 1994.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Vespa is survived by a daughters, Catherine L. Vespa of Port St. Joe, Florida and Seattle, WA; 3 sons, Edward R. Vespa of MI, David J. (wife: Patricia) Vespa of Rockford, IL and James A. Vespa of Port St. Joe, FL; 6 grandchildren, Anthony "Tony" (wife: Mary) Vespa and Dessa Vespa of Rockford, IL, Michelle Sanchez of Texas, Dr. Trina (husband: Greg) Scott of Bloomington,IL, Sari (husband: Bram) Higgins of Kansas City, MO and Paul Vespa of Rockford, IL; 12 great-grandchildren, Michael Vespa, Danielle Vespa and Jamie Vespa of Rockford, Codi Lynn and Kayla Vespa of Pecatonica, IL, Ana, Mateo and Lydia Sanchez of TX, Kayla Scott of Bloomington, Elliott and Samuel Higgins of Kansas City, MO and Emily Vespa of Rockford; a great-great grandchild, Jayden Shiparski of Rockford; In-laws: Mae Vespa of Springfield, IL, Ray (Kim) Neisewander of Dixon, IL, Patricia (Bill) Harford of Chesterfield, MO, Eleanora (George) Lyons of Clearwater, FL and Jack (Dee) Neisewander of Rockford, IL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, including nephew David Vespa of Springfield and cousin Gloria (Charles) Evans of Springfield.
Visitation was 4-7 pm, Monday, December 3, 2007 at Staab Funeral Home.
There was a Prayer service at 4 pm on Monday and a Rosary led by his sister-in-law Patricia Harford at the conclusion of visitation. The funeral mass was 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at St. Cabrini Church, headed by Reverend Richard Chiola. He was buried in Camp Butler National Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail conducted military honors.
Published in The Star from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13, 2007
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