December 9, 1931 – May 25, 2023
FAMILY RECEIVES FRIENDS: Thursday, June 1, 2023, 5:00-7:00PM followed by VIGIL SERVICE: 7:00PM, all at West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHIRSTIAN BURIAL: Friday, June 2, 2023, 10:30AM, Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S 118th St. INTERMENT WITH MILITARY RITES: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Memorials will be directed by the family.
Philip Signorile was born on December 9, 1931, in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from South High School, then enlisted in the US Army where he served as Master Sergeant. After his service in the Army, he met his beloved wife, Frances “Dolly” Vecchio, and proposed after a 3-month courtship. They were married on January 16, 1954. His love for Dolly was sincere and everlasting. When Dolly was 25 years old and faced with a serious health issue that would affect the rest of their lives together, his love and devotion was unwavering. He remained steadfast by her side through the good times and the bad, until her passing on June 7, 2010.
Phil worked for Kwik Kafe vending machine company and was a dedicated, hard-working employee for 22 years. Not long after, he joined Union Pacific Railroad as a welder and worked there until he retired.
During that period, Phil and Dolly welcomed a son, Philip Michael, on December 12, 1954, Mary Louise on May 11, 1959, and Christine Anne on December 21, 1966. He was fiercely protective of his family and did everything in his power to make the best of challenges as well as took pride in all their accomplishments.
Phil was always involved with his children, whether it was playing basketball, kickball, baseball, pool, ping pong, board games, card games…the list goes on and on. The neighborhood kids were always included, and he treated all with kindness and respect.
Phil’s five grandsons, Zachary, Nicholas, Kyle, Austin and Pierce, were the loves of his life. Phil was also blessed with a loving daughter-in-law, Holly Signorile, and her son, Calvin Bisby, both being near and dear to his heart.
Besides his family, Phil’s passion in life was golf. His claim to fame was his first (and only!) hole-in-one! He proudly displayed the plaque he received from the golf course. Also, Phil enjoyed trips to the casino, bingo halls and playing cards of all kinds.
Some may not know that Phil was an accomplished opera singer and did a short stint with the opera in Omaha. He was a member of the church choir and sang at weddings for friends’ families.
Above all, Phil was an extremely outgoing and generous human being, especially with his time. He always chose to see the good qualities in everyone. He taught his children to treat others as you would want to be treated. He didn’t just talk the talk – he walked the walk. Anyone who knew him would agree.
Later in life, after Dolly’s passing, Phil was blessed to meet Joanne Jakimetz at Walnut Grove Independent Living where he had the pleasure of finding not only a companion, but a confidante and dance partner! Most of us don’t get a second chance at love, but thanks to Joanne, Phil was able to love again. Thank you, Joanne, for bringing joy and love back into his life.
We would like to thank all of you for sharing in the celebration of Phil’s life. You were all very special to him and he truly loved each and every one of you.