Mr. Joseph A. Vitale, Jr. died on Thursday August 5, 2010 at his home in Verona.
He was 85.
A Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Aloysius Church, 219 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell (973) 226-0221 on Saturday, August 7 at 10AM.
Visiting in the PROUT FUNERAL HOME,
370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona on Friday from 4 to 7PM.
Born in Caldwell, Mr. Vitale was a lifelong Verona resident.
He was a 1943 graduate of Verona High School, where he was involved in the early football program. He graduated from Duke University in 1947 with a Degree in Education and has two Masters Degrees from Seton Hall University in Teaching and Education.
Mr. Vitale was a teacher for the Newark Board of Education from 1951 to 1983.
He was one of the founders of the Verona Fifth Downers, served as a High School Football Referee for many years, was instrumental in forming the Verona Community Pool, a member of the Seton Hall Alumni Association, the Verona Park Senior Citizens and the NJEA.
He is the husband of Dolores C. Vitale; he is also survived by his daughters, Joan Keen and her husband Edward and Nanci Smith and her husband Todd; his grandchildren, Julie, Amy and Robert and his great grandson, Aidan.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took God's hand when I heard the call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
good friends, good times,
a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
- God wanted me now,
God set me free.