Schmitz Funeral Home obituary – Eric “Giz” Vajentic, 70, of Donnellson

Eric “Giz” Vajentic, 70, of Donnellson, Iowa, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa.
Born on November 10, 1948, in Washington, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph and Rose (Yanik) Vajentic. On August 22, 1970, he married Judith Laposta in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. She preceded him in death on November 9, 2010.


Survivors include his two children: Eric Matthew (Sharon) Vajentic of Kansas City, Missouri and Lynae (Mark) Scott of Donnellson, Iowa; four grandchildren: Dominic and Benjamin Vajentic and Reegyn and Grayson Scott; two brothers: Joe (Sue) Vajentic of Elyria, Ohio and Tom (Cathy) Vajentic of Apalachin, New York; one sister: Anna Kathryn Vajentic of Mayfield Heights, Ohio; mother-in-law: Florence Laposta of Burgettstown, Pennsylvania; two brothers-in-law: Robert (Barbara) Laposta  of Paris, Pennsylvania and Eugene (Diane) Laposta of Grantsville, Maryland and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Rose; wife: Judith and father-in-law: Robert Laposta.
Eric graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree. He worked at Climax Molybdenum as an accountant for forty-four years. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Montrose for many years. He was a longtime member of Green Acres Golf Course and the Montrose City Council. Eric was active in many area outdoor organizations. He enjoyed spending time outdoors: golfing, fly fishing and gardening. He was an avid fan of all Pittsburgh sports teams and loved hosting Sunday football get togethers. Eric was a strong man overcoming many medical issues and was always very grateful to all those who assisted him. Above all, Eric enjoyed spending time with his family and grandkids (to whom he was affectionately known as “Pap Pap”) and he was well loved by his nieces and nephews. Giz was full of integrity and was well respected by all who knew him.
In accordance with his longstanding wishes, his body has been deeded to the University of Iowa Anatomy Department.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson with Reverend Mark P. Spring officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
A memorial has been made in his memory.

Schmitz Funeral Home of Donnellson is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences to the family may be made at

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