JCCIA honors veteran community leader Gargano

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The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans honored Vito Gargano at their general meeting on June 27.

Gargano, 95, is the former president of the Italian American Federal Club, an organization comprising hundreds of federal employees of the United States Postal Service.

Gargano’s career spans more than 40 years in the USPS. He started as a clerk/level 5 and rose to the highest level in the postal system, level 27, as district director of mail processing for Illinois. Along the way, he served as postmaster for Des Plaines, Illinois, and Racine, Wisconsin, as well as officer-in-charge at the post office in Glenview, Illinois.

Dedicated to his heritage and community, he has frequently participated in Columbus Day parades and other community events throughout his career and retirement.

An avid, lifelong gardener, Gargano tends his backyard crop with the care of a botanist, growing a variety of vegetables, including acorn squash, zucchini and cocozzi (long squash). He fondly remembers his years as eucharistic minister at Holy Family Chapel in Des Plaines.


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