Canzoneri, Vincent M

Name: Canzoneri, Vincent M
Burial Date: 1978, 01/20
Age at Death: 65
Plot Location: 668 Mausoleum
Notes: husband of Helen Mary(Zimmerman)

US Navy Intelligence  War: WW2

Vincent Canzoneri String Scholarship

Following service with Navy Intelligence during World War II, Vincent Canzoneri spent much time doing what he loved most: playing the viola. As he and his wife, Helen, moved from place to place, he always found a string quartet wherever they lived. While living in Wichita, he was a longtime member of the symphony board, where his passion for music made him an effective instigator of development and change. He enjoyed playing in student quartets with his three children, two of whom were violinists and one a cellist. For several years, the Canzoneris maintained a strong relationship with Wichita State University through their friendship with Dr. James Ceasar, a distinguished professor of music.

Mr. Canzoneri passed away in January 1978. Soon after, Mrs. Canzoneri established the Vincent Canzoneri String Scholarship to keep his spirit alive in the hearts of those sharing a common appreciation for music.

When Vincent M Canzoneri was born on January 29, 1912, in Tampa, Florida, his father, Matteo, was 25 and his mother, Maria, was 22. He married Helen Mary Zimmerman in 1936 in Sterling, Kansas. They had four children during their marriage. He died on January 20, 1978, in Wichita, Kansas, at the age of 65, and was buried in Sterling, Kansas.


Helen Mary (Zimmerman), Canzoneri November 18, 2010 Canzoneri, Helen Mary (Zimmerman), 97, died on November 18, 2010 at Larksfield Place. Born in 1913 to Joseph and Myrtle Zimmerman, she was raised in Sterling and graduated from high school there. She earned her B.A. Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and an M.A. in Japanese history from Harvard University. She met her husband, Vincent, while working on her doctorate in Japan. The couple returned to marry in Sterling in 1936, then lived in Tokyo until September of 1941. During World War II, she taught Japanese at the Navy Language School and worked as a censor of Japanese mail in Honolulu, where Vincent served in Navy Intelligence. She raised three sons in Newton, where she was president of the Library board and, at the request of local parents, taught a pre-college enrichment course for high school students. She moved to Wichita in 1971, where her husband was an executive at Ross Industries. In Wichita, she taught weaving, helped to run the Blue Warp weaving shop, and served on the acquisitions committee of the Wichita Art Museum. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Matthew and Sarah of Washington, DC; Vincent and Tova of Newton, Massachusetts; and Wren and Amy of Toronto, Canada; and her five grandchildren, Emily of Washington, DC; Matthew and his wife Corinne of Boulder, Colorado; Julian of Boston, Massachusetts; and Vincent and Alexander of Toronto, Canada. A memorial service, with music performed by members of her family, will be held at Larksfield Place, 7373 East 29th Street North in Wichita, at 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 30, after a musical prelude that will commence at 1:45. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita, 67203.

Name: Vincent Canzoneri
Birth Date: 19 Jan 1912
Birth Place: Florida, United States of America
Death Date: 20 Jan 1978
Death Place: Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States of America
Cemetery: Sterling Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Sterling, Rice County, Kansas, United States of America
Has Bio?: N

Vincent was the son of Matteo, born in Italy,  and Maria ‘Mary’ (Palori) (born in Florida) Canzoneri.  He had two brothers  – Pasquale and Joe.  Matteo and Pasquale were shoemakers in Florida.

Vincent was treasurer of Ross Industries in Newton, KS.

Spouse: Helen Mary Canzoneri