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“We are truly saddened by Tony's passing. He was a life long friend and part of Jim's extended family. There are so many pictures and as many stories...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: david cox - Clinton Twp., MI

“Dear Karen, Rose Marie, and Family. I was sorry to hear of your loved one.. We became acquainted through our cousins Carol & Sarah, who had your...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: Grace - Roseville, MI

“I have had the honor of knowing Tony for the past 20+ years and all memories I have of him are of that genuine warm & dazzling smile. What a kind,...Read More »
3 of 3 | Posted by: Cheryl Hess - Clinton Township, MI


Anthony "Tony" Joseph Vitale passed away after a long illness on September 6, 2014. He was 86.

Tony was born October 28, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to Peter and Rose (Trentacosta) Vitale. He was one of six children. Tony grew up in Detroit and at 18 was drafted into the U.S. Army at the close of World War II. That experience, courtesy of Uncle Sam, allowed Tony to serve in the Occupation of Japan which he very much enjoyed and often talked about.

Returning home from the war, Tony went to work as a driver in the shipping and receiving department of National Broach and Machine Company. He spent his entire career with the company. On February 16, 1963 he wed Rose Marie Criscenti and the couple had two children, Karen and Anthony.

Tony was known affectionately as "Mr. Clean." Perhaps his training from the Army or being in Japan led him to prefer life neat and ordered. Mowing the lawn, for example would mean he would cut the lawn in rows, edge the sides and then discard of all the grass clippings.

He was a great home remodeler, always a project to keep him occupied. He was fascinated by history. Raising his family and spending time with his grandchildren were also beloved pursuits.

Tony is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rose Marie, his children, Anthony (Catherine) Vitale and Karen (Nick) Kreucher ; his grandchildren, Nick (Amy), Corey (Katie), Anthony, Joshua and Katie Lynn Kreucher and Benjamin Vitale; his great-grandchildren, Raymond Nicholas Kreucher IV, Gavin Wyatt Kreucher and baby Kreucher due in November. He is also survived by his siblings, Angela (Kenny) Kepler, Sophia Palazzolo, Margaret (Tim) Walquist and Sam (Barbara) Vitale. Tony was predeceased by his brother, Peter Vitale and his parents.