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Benjamin Joseph Vezzetti passed away Friday morning, January 19, 2024, age 82, in Wayland, MI. He was born October 1, 1941, in Ontonagon, MI, the son of Egedio A. and Margaret G. (O’Connell) Vezzetti of Greenland, MI.
Ben graduated from Mass City High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 17 years old, served for two years and was honorably discharged. He was a foreman for the concrete road construction firms of Jos. D. Bonness Co. and later James Cape & Sons Co. of Racine, WI, for many years, traveling to sites in Wisconsin, Missouri and numerous other areas around the midwest.
Ben adored spending time with his grandchildren. If he wasn’t with them, he was showing off pictures of them. They enjoyed playing at parks, going on walks, and there was always a game of whiffle ball going on somewhere. As well as sledding, fort building, and snowmobiling. He loved all holidays and Christmas was extra special with all the Vezzetti’s gathering at the family homestead. The annual football game was the highlight of the party. He was an avid sports fan with the Green Bay Packers being his favorite team. We will miss his story telling of both real and fabricated stories.
Ben was also a man who was strong in his faith.
Ben is survived by his children, Maria (Mark II) Musgrave and Benjamin E. (Mary) Vezzetti; seven grandchildren, Mark III, Josephine and Samuel Musgrave, Vincent, Isla, Vivian and Isaac Vezzetti; two brothers, Daniel (Debbie) and Anthony, three sisters, Mary “Cassie” Vezzetti (Charlotte Malotte), Roberta (Mike) Maki and and Margaret “Peggy” Cleary, nieces and nephews, whom he taught to drive on the North Firesteel Road. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Judy Vezzetti, as well as many relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Richard Cleary.
Ben will return home to the U.P. with visitation to be held in Ontonagon at Cane Funeral Home Friday, February 16 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm with a rosary at 3:00pm. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rockland, MI on Saturday, February 17 at 11:00am, family will receive relatives and friends from 10:00am-10:30am. Luncheon to follow at Holy Family Catholic Church, Ontonagon, MI.
Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Greenland, MI, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Superior or North Country Snowmobile Club's or the Greenland 4th of July Celebration.