Vitale, Joseph, February 13, 2021, age 92. Beloved husband of the late Vincenza. Loving father of Vincent, the late Joseph (Theresa) and Frank. Proud grandfather of Renee, Carla, Travis, Cody (Ashley) and Jesse. Great grandfather of Kai Vincent.
In 1928 Joe was born in Detroit and was the 9th child of 10 children. He was the only boy of 10 children. Imagine living in that household growing up. Joe served in the Army during WWII as a military police officer in Germany. He loved to read history books about the U.S. armed forces and enjoyed TV programs of the same dialogue. After the war, he got married to Virginia in 1953 and had 3 boys-Joe, Frank, and Vince. Joe was a machine operator at Condor manufacturing and was happy to have retired from there.
He was president of the usher’s club here at this church, head of the St. Vincent De Paul society, and also a caretaker of the church for many years. Joe and Virginia were very involved in the church and helped with the needy especially with food donations. He would sometimes leave home at 9 o’clock at night to go to the church just to hand out food to needy families.
Joe and Virginia enjoyed going on cruises to various tropical islands, other countries like Mexico and even as far north as Alaska. He often spoke of how important family was and enjoyed visiting with his sisters and other family members throughout the years. Joe and Virginia often had the grandchildren sleepover on Flanders Avenue. There were many times he used to shoot pool in the basement and let the grandchildren beat him.
He loved watching sports on TV and going to air shows in his free time both at Selfridge Air base and Willow Run airport. Joe took pride in raising vegetables in his garden and was always giving veggies away in the neighborhood. After he could not work the garden anymore his son Vince took over the effort which was met with plenty of constructive criticism.
After the passing of his wife Virginia in 2012, his son Vince moved in to help take care of Joe. Although his hatred for parmesan was strong, Virginia cooked most of his meals and was known to slip a little parmesan in the mix from time to time. Joe loved 2 glasses of Wine every day. When there wasn’t any store-bought wine upstairs, he would send Vince downstairs for a bottle of Vitale special homemade wine out of the barrel. He lived the rest of his life at home as he wished until the past two months when his health deteriorated which required round-the-clock care. Joe will always be remembered as a loving, giving, and caring person with so much emotion, he certainly will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Visitation at the Sterling Heights Chapel of the Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 East 15 Mile Road, Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Funeral Mass, Monday, February 22, 2021 at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 East 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088, instate at 10:00 am until time of Mass at 10:30 am. Entombment at Resurrection Cemetery.
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