Obituary of Gaetano "Tom" Vitale
October 8, 1928 - May 28, 2023
Gaetano “Tom” Vitale. Age 94 of Woodhaven.
Beloved husband of Rose Vitale. Loving father of Serafina “Sally” (James) Salter, Marco Dean Vitale, Katherine (Bernard) Kuzava and Nancy (Michelle Roberts) Vitale. Dearest grandfather of Michael, Noah (Christine), Amber (Christopher), Brandon (Erika), Jon (Shannon), Sara, Amy, Matt, Drew and Luciano. Great grandfather of Eli, Rosalie, Cora, Genevieve, Serafina, Jaxon, Luke and Madison. Dear brother of Frank Vitale and Nino Vitale. Preceded in death by parents Marco and Serafina Vitale and brother Vito Vitale.
Cremation will take place at The On-Site Crematory, located within Molnar Funeral Homes - Brownstown Chapel.
A private family service and gathering is planned.
Memorial contributions are appreciated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Tom served as a private first class for the United States Army from 1950-1952 and fought in the Korean War. After serving in the war, he owned/operated both Vitale’s Barber Shop in Southgate Michigan and later the Parkview Motel in Hastings Michigan, alongside his wife Rose. In retirement, he kept busy working different jobs, including Bank Courier, Laundromat Attendant, and Sporting Goods Warehouse Worker.
Tom enjoyed reading, board games, card games and playing golf. He was highly energetic, a lover of life, very outgoing, social, patriotic and family-focused.
Tom will be remembered for his service to our country, faith in Jesus Christ, and his devoted love to his wife Rose, his kids, grandkids and great grandkids.
John Molnar, Sr. opened the Detroit Hungarian Funeral Home, now the Molnar Funeral Homes, in 1923. The funeral home began in his home until relocating across the street to it's Delray location at 8623 Dearborn Avenue, in 1936. He had a strong work ethic and believed that you should never stop learning...