Thomas Tito Vitelli, age 88 of Washington Twp., passed away on September 14, 2021.
Thomas was born on August 22, 1933 to Tito and Jennie Vitelli in Cherry Tree, Pennsylvania. As a young man, Tom proudly joined the United States Army where he served in Security and Intelligence during the Korean War. After his service, Tom moved to Michigan in 1955 to join his brother and sisters. It was in Michigan that Tom met the love of his life and future bride, Frankie. They married on July 20, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan. Together they had two boys: John and Mark. Tom was a wonderful father and took true joy in coaching his boys in both baseball and basketball. He never missed a game over the many years. Tom was a supervisor for the United States Postal Service for 35 years retiring in 1988 from the St. Clair Shores Post Office. In his free time, Tom loved to garden and travel around the United States golfing and visiting different baseball stadiums and historical sites. He even did a 5k in Oregon in 2018 to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. He was also an animal lover and had many dear cats throughout his lifetime. However, the most important part of Tom’s life was his family and the time he was able to share with them. He would pack up his family in the station wagon and drive to West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and all points in between visiting family or the Mammoth Caves, Gettysburg, Kings Island and rarely skipping a roadside attraction like Safari Land. He just loved to be with his family and gave them so many cherished memories. Tom will be forever remembered by all who met him for his smile, love of the simple things in life, silly jokes and genuine love of all he met. He made everyone’s day brighter for knowing him.
Loving father of John Vitelli; dear father-in-law of Sarah Vitelli; cherished uncle of Rosemary Reichel, Joey Valenti, Johnny Valenti, Nancy Sturza and Raymond Murray. He is also survived by many great and great, great nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in passing by his beloved wife Frankie Vitelli, son Mark Vitelli, brother John Valenti and sisters Kate Murray, Annie Murray, Josephine Klapak, Rose Orlando, nephews Joseph Orlando, David Murray, nieces Chrissy Semczak, Mary Jane Orlando and loving parents Tito and Jennie Vitelli.
Visitation to take place on Monday, September 20 from 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Burial to take place on Tuesday, September 21 at Resurrection Cemetery. Line up for procession will begin at 10:15 AM at Lee-Ellena Funeral Home and will be leaving the funeral home at 10:45AM. Burial and committal prayers at 11:00 AM.
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