Edward (Ted) Von Sitas of Essex Junction peacefully passed away on October 31, 2020 while surrounded by loved ones. He was born on May 17, 1944, and later migrated to Essex Junction with his parents, Edward and Phyllis, and younger sister, Sandra (Von Sitas) Lacroix. Ted attended Essex Junction High School where he played basketball and participated in track and field, and later attended Champlain College where he earned an associate’s degree in business. He was then drafted into the United States Army where he served honorably from (1966-1968). During his time in Army he served a tour of duty in Vietnam from June 1967 – June 1968 where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. After his own difficult re-entry from service in the Army, Ted dedicated himself as an advocate for supporting war veterans. His efforts increased the necessary support systems for a veteran’s return home. His willingness to serve and support his fellow veterans was evident by lifetime membership of the VFW post 6689 while holding several positions including Post Commander. Other examples of his service included advocating for the Committee on Temporary Shelters, Canal Street Transitional Housing for veterans, and volunteering for the annual Essex Memorial Day Parade.
In addition to serving veterans, Ted also helped to co-coach a local youth basketball team with his brother-in-law Edward Lacroix with whom he also worked as a real estate appraiser for many years. In later days, he enjoyed traveling in his RV with his wife, the late Samantha Cleary. He also enjoyed spending time with his beloved son, Stephen Von Sitas, his daughter-in-law Katja (Gamm) Von Sitas, and two grandchildren, Kai and Blake, whom he leaves behind. Ted also leaves behind his close sister, Sandra (Von Sitas) Lacroix, his brother-in-law Ed, and their children, Kimberly, Kaaren, and Jennifer. In addition, he leaves behind three great-nieces, Stephanie and Monica Gardner, and Helen Lepionka, and two great-nephews, Nicholas and Timothy Zumbo. He will also be missed by many friends who knew him for his candid opinion on village issues, which he often communicated through his humor and wit. A private military service will be held for family in Randolph, VT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation in his name be made to the Essex Memorial Day Parade, 75 Maple St., Essex Jct., VT 05452.
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