Obituaries: Joseph A. Vitale


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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, Caldwell on Saturday, August 7 at 10 a.m. Visiting in the Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Ave., Verona on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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.

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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.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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