Dr. Joseph F. “Doc” Viglietta, surrounded by the boundless love of his family in South Bend, Indiana, entered into the fullness of eternal life on Saturday, June 1, 2019. For 74 years, he made this world a better place with his cheerful heart, great mind, and generous spirit.
He was born on May 14, 1945, in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, to the late Joseph Viglietta and Ann (Pavloski) Viglietta. He graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School. He married his soulmate, Eileen McGann, in Rome in 1969. Earning his doctorate in philosophy, he was the first married man to graduate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, which was founded in 1551 by Saint Ignatius Loyola. He was a proud alumnus of Collegio Capranica, the oldest Roman College.
As the principal of Wheeling Central Catholic High School for 40 years, “Doc” woke up every morning excited to go to work and serve the students, teachers, staff, and parents of the CCHS family. He believed that everyone should have access to an excellent education–“No child will be denied a CCHS education because of finances”–and that an excellent education liberated the mind and spirit of the whole person. He loved learning and helping others to learn so that they could fulfill their “God-given potential.” Over and over again, he inspired thousands of young people by reminding them that “God calls every single one of us to greatness.”
Above all, he himself was called to be a truly great husband, father, and grandfather. His favorite moments were those spent at the head of the “sacred table,” where Vigliettas and close friends came from far and wide to break bread, pray, tell stories, laugh, sing songs, and play board games with infamous intensity. Whenever any of his children or grandchildren needed advice or encouragement, he was there, cheering them on and helping them find their way.
He also loved cheering on his Philadelphia Phillies and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Since his retirement in 2011, he and Eileen spent most afternoons playing Scrabble, and, of course, he won the last Scrabble “championship.” This victory is fitting for the man who created communities “where championship lives begin.”
He remains a guiding light to the family he loved so much: his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Eileen (McGann) Viglietta; his daughter Mary Beth (Viglietta) Mudric, her husband, Tim, and their children, Timothy and Gabrielle; his son Joseph Viglietta, his wife, Christy, and their daughters Francesca, Zoe, and Olivia; his daughter Michelle (Viglietta) Joyce, her husband, Tim, and their children, Ian and Analiese; and his daughter Corinne Viglietta, her husband, Chris Manley, and their daughter Josephine. He is also survived by his brother Francis Viglietta, his sister Joan (Viglietta) Dooley, and their families.
For Joe Viglietta, nothing mattered more than God and family. And his family knows how much he loved them.
Visitation hours will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, from 4 to 7pm, at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 1300 Eoff Street, Wheeling. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 10am, also at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Wheeling. Following Wednesday’s services, the family will host an open house reception at the Pine Room at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the Viglietta Family Scholarship Fund at Wheeling Central Catholic High School or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling. On-line condolences may be expressed to the family at www.altmeyer.com
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm